After spending some time in a preproduction Taycan, we concluded that not only does it feel like a true Porsche, it sets a new benchmark for electric car dynamics. Now, we have further proof that the Taycan is a genuine performance car, battery powered or otherwise: it just set a new record on the Nürburgring.
The Taycan is now the quickest four-door EV to run around the harrowing Nürburgring Nordschleife. Test driver Lars Kern made it around the Green Hell in 7 minutes, 42 seconds. Although it was a pre-series vehicle, it rode on production 21-inch wheels wrapped in summer tires.
Admittedly, the category of four-door EVs is pretty small, but regardless the Taycan rolls in good company with its impressive track time. At 7:42, it’s quicker than the Honda Civic Type R (7:43.8) but slower than a (non-Competition) BMW M5 (7:38.9). In fact, it’s not the quickest four-door by a large margin. Unfortunately, we don’t know how a Tesla Model S compares, since its newest, quickest variants haven’t been run recently. The Volkswagen ID.R just set a new overall record for electric vehicles, blazing through the ‘Ring in 6:05.3.
At launch, the 2020 Porsche Taycan will feature two electric motors, one at the front axle and one at the rear axle, providing north of 600 hp. Hitting 60 mph from a standstill is expected to take under 3.5 seconds. Adding to the EV’s performance cred is an adaptive air suspension as well as rear-wheel steering. The Taycan’s charge times were demonstrated in a recent endurance test, and total battery range is expected to be above 300 miles per charge.
It’s clear Porsche is steadfast in proving to brand purists that the Taycan is deserving of the badge on its hood. We’ll learn more about Porsche’s new EV when it debuts on September 4. In the meantime, check out the car’s high-tech interior here.