That’s the feeling, and also kind of the sound, I experienced when I mashed the throttle in the “launch control” mode of the Taycan, Porsche’s first electric car. Three seconds later, with my neck straining and the back of my skull rebounding from the headrest, I blew past 60 miles per hour, the car automatically switching to second gear in order to keep delivering 670 horsepower to the wheels below me.

I was driving the $150,900 version — the Taycan Turbo — on a mercifully empty stretch of winding mountain road in the Angeles National Forest, just a few dozen miles east of downtown LA. As part of Porsche’s post-reveal roadshow for the car, the automaker made a handful of pre-production Taycans available to drive and charted out a five-hour course for journalists to drive outside the city.


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