Electric Cars

The Porsche Taycan's $500 sport sound option is expensive, but sounds like the future

The sound is undeniably cool, but charging for it on a car that starts at $150,000 is excessive.

Porsche is looking to make the sounds of its new EV more exciting with an $500 "Electric Sport Sound" option.

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One of the main things that performance car enthusiasts cite when they rail against switching to an electric car has nothing to do with actual performance -- it's the sound. Look, I get it. The sound of a high-revving flat-plane V8 or a howling flat-six is amazing, and comparatively, the relative lack of sound of an EV does take away from the drama of driving quickly and in a spirited fashion.

Porsche, a company that knows a thing or two about building and selling sports cars, just introduced its first electric vehicle to the public last week, but it understands that there are buyers who need something more than the Star Wars-like whine of some electric motors. That's why it's offering an option that promises to make the Taycan sound more visceral. It's called the "Electric Sport Sound" option.

What is the Electric Sport Sound and why does Porsche charge $500 for it on the currently-entry-level Taycan Turbo? It's basically a sound clip that the car plays during acceleration, and it seems to add a bit of rumble to the EV whine. Think Episode 1 pod racer rather than Return of the Jedi speeder bike, though you can listen for yourself in the clip above. 

If you spend the extra $30,000 for the Turbo S, it looks like Electric Sport Sound becomes a standard feature, which, let's face it, it should be.

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Originally published Sept. 16.
Update, Sept. 17, 11:30 a.m. PT: Adds a sound clip of the Taycan's Electric Sport Mode.