Porsche enthusiasts, brace yourselves for an electrifying surprise! The German automaker has kicked off 2024 with a bang, hinting at the launch of a new addition to its Taycan lineup. Although the electric sedan remains nameless and shrouded in mystery for now, one thing is certain: it’s already set tongues wagging as the fastest electric Porsche ever to conquer the notorious Nürburgring circuit.
Behind the wheel, we find factory development driver Lars Kern, who skillfully maneuvered a pre-series version of the upcoming Taycan to a jaw-dropping lap time of 7:07.55. To put this into perspective, it’s a whopping 26 seconds quicker than the Taycan Turbo S with the Performance Package achieved back in August 2022. For context, Kern’s record even surpasses the times posted by the mighty 991-generation 911 GT2 RS with the Weissach Package (6:47.25) and the iconic 918 Spyder (6:57) from September 2013.
But let’s get to the part that’ll make Tesla fans raise an eyebrow: the Taycan trounced the Tesla Model S Plaid’s lap time of 7:25.23 by nearly 20 seconds. Notably, Porsche emphasizes that Kern’s lap times were consistently on point, highlighting the Taycan’s ability to deliver repeatable performance even under extreme duress.
A Sneak Peek at the Mystery Model
So, what’s cooking at Porsche, and what’s hidden beneath the Taycan’s sleek camouflage? Well, the full unveiling of this mysterious model won’t happen until later in 2024. However, we do get a glimpse of what’s in store through the teaser pictures. There’s a trim-specific body kit featuring a front splitter with winglets, air intakes below the headlights (likely for cooling the front brakes), side skirts, and a substantial wing. Porsche also reveals that they equipped the pre-production prototype with a roll cage and racing bucket seats before unleashing it on the ‘Ring.
Previously snapped spy shots offer some more clues about this Taycan variant, possibly tagged as the Turbo GT. They showcase the body kit in more detail, revealing a beefed-up rear with wider wheel arches, bumper winglets, and an air diffuser. It’s fair to assume that chassis and suspension tweaks will be part of the package, although official details remain under wraps. Porsche might even dial up the power in the drivetrain, which, as it stands, maxes out at 750 horsepower in the Turbo S.
Stay tuned for more updates on Porsche’s next chapter in the Taycan evolution, set to unfold in the coming months. The thrill of the Taycan’s record-breaking Nürburgring run leaves us eager to uncover what’s next in the world of electrifying performance from the legendary sports car maker.