Porsche stunned the world two years ago with the debut of its all-electric Mission E sedan concept, later promising it’d go into production as the Taycan in 2020. The spy photos seen throughout this post provide an early look at a Taycan prototype testing in public near Porsche’s development center in Weissach, Germany.
Here’s everything we know about this incredibly exciting car.
Porsche Is Aiming for a Sub-Eight Minute Nürburgring Lap
Porsche is letting loose a few more details as the months wind down until the Taycan is finally revealed. One that stuck out to us—the car should be capable of a sub-eight at the Nürburgring. Porsche hasn’t done it yet, but its simulations indicate that it’s possible.
For a fun comparison, the Porsche 911 GT3 made headlines 20 years ago when it ran a 7:56 on the track—faster than any production road car yet. Progress is an electric luxury sedan being able to achieve the same feat.
It Can Slide
Over at Roadshow,Tim Stevens got to ride along in a near-production Taycan during winter testing way up north in Sweden. There was some sideways action. The Taycan has a version of Porsche Stability Management (PSM, that allows for some yaw in PSM Sport mode, and a lot of yaw when it’s switched off. Stevens also reports that the top-spec Taycan he was riding in had a two-speed transmission and a limited-slip differential at the rear, which should make sliding on low-grip surfaces easier.
It’s Called the Taycan
At first, we thought Porsche would just call this car the “Mission E,” but the company has announced that won’t be the case. It’ll be called the Taycan, pronounced tie-con. It’s a Eurasian word that translates, roughly, to “lively young horse.”
“Our new electric sports car is strong and dependable; it’s a vehicle that can consistently cover long distances and that epitomizes freedom,” Porsche CEO Oliver Blume said in a statement announcing the name.
Porsche doesn’t just make one 911, and the same will be true for the Taycan. Carmagazine spoke with Porsche boss Oliver Blume who confirmed that the car will likely follow Porsche’s model preexisting hierarchy—that means you can expect a Taycan S, or a Taycan GTS. Maybe not a Taycan Turbo, though, since it won’t actually have turbos.
Automobile Magazine got to drive an early Taycan prototype and reported the car will be initially offered with three power outputs 402 hp, 536 hp, and 670 hp. Like a Tesla Model S, the Taycan will have electric motors at the front and rear axles for all-wheel drive, but Porsche might eventually sell an entry-level rear-drive version.
Car magazine also got spy photos of what appears to be a Taycan wagon, or “Sport Turismo,” in Porsche speak. We’re praying this body style makes it into production.
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