Porsche is celebrating Back to the Future day in fabulous style

By topgear, 24 October 2021

Tenuous? Maybe a little. But who are we to knock Porsche jumping on the opportunity to make the most of Back to the Future day?

Yep, it’s 21 October once again (doesn’t it come round quicker every year, etc) and a prime chance to learn just how much a Taycan Turbo S has in common with a DeLorean.

(Click HERE to read about the DeLorean DMC-12 and a McLaren MP4-12C)

Only one has stainless steel bodywork, and only one has 770hp channelled through all four wheels for a 2.8sec 0-100km/h time.

Nope, the similarity is that both can claim to harness 1.21 gigawatts of power. It’s how much electricity the DeLorean time machine needs to shoot wantonly backwards and forwards in history, and comes courtesy of a plutonium-fuelled nuclear reactor.

And it’s how much electricity Porsche has calculated North America and Europe’s combined Electrify and Ionity charging networks (comprising almost 5,000 chargers) can squeeze into a Taycan EV.

Well, a number of Taycans. Though we’d expect an electric sedan would travel through considerably more than 'time' if you attempted squeezing all 1.21 gigawatts into just one…

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