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Porsche Taycan Turbo GT revealed

A groundbreaking interpretation of GT-level electric vehicle performance

While it would be an extremely nuanced claim that the Porsche Taycan was equally well received by the general public – both from a spiritual and commercial perspective – there is no doubt that, viewed in isolation, the Porsche Taycan has always been a remarkable product of top-class automobile construction.

Like it or not, electric vehicles will be an important part of the equation in the future, although I’ll be the first to insist that it doesn’t look like they will “to be the all-end-all” Status soon, if at all. Nevertheless, we must be prepared for them. After all, they’re already here, and honestly, will Porsche ever pull out all the stops to show us the way (and that there may actually be one) when it comes to all-electric sports cars?

They’ve been proving that since day one of the platform’s existence, and while today’s announcement might be the proverbial icing on the cake, the rest of the sundae already tasted great. The first iteration of the 2019 Porsche Taycan Turbo S remains both relevant and impressive to this day, but Porsche has continually improved the car over the past five yearsby increasing performance, adding new features and introducing additional body styles, such as more robust and practical ones Taycan Cross Turismo.

But no matter how extensive the program was to date, there was always the nagging feeling that something was missing. While the contemporary Taycan Turbo S can sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in just 2.4 seconds – already a hypercar in terms of performance – we haven’t had a Porsche Taycan designed along the same lines as the motorsport-inspired Porsche Taycan became GT road cars. Namely that one GT2, GT3, GT4and all possible RS variants.

Well, that has all changed.

Porsche Taycan Turbo GT

Although the latest Taycan to be introduced uses a nomenclature that was previously exclusive the top SUV Cayenne– a performance car in its own right – the new Porsche Taycan Turbo GT has a lot more in common with the aforementioned GT model range. These cars, as most of us are well aware, are a complicated balance of performance and chassis philosophy that ultimately produces a car that is as engaging to drive as it is dominating on the track.

Corkscrew Cred

It’s true that there is a hierarchy between each series when it comes to lap times and outright performance credentials, and one would expect the sole electric car in the range to be inferior to the more conventionally inspired petrol-powered cars. The Porsche Taycan Turbo GT says “Hold my Beer” in addition, He clocked a blistering time of 1:27.87 at the world-famous Laguna Seca Raceway.

Officially this means that the Taycan TGT is now available the fastest electric production car ever to drive on the typical Californian race track after reaching the Same performance on the Nürburgring Nordschleife not long before in pre-production form. As for bragging rights, that’s another big one “W” against the Taycan’s fiercest and most direct competitor – the Tesla Model S plaid– which it has now dethroned on these two routes, and there are certainly more to come.

While there were no official attempts at Laguna Seca to match lap times with other current Porsche GTs such as the GT3 RS and GT4 RS (including with a factory driver), existing data on YouTube and online forums suggests that the Taycan Turbo GT could possibly even be the fastest Porsche of all on this route. There is evidence that this is the latest 992 GT3 RS It’s good to achieve a constant 1:28 secondswhile the new one The 718 GT4 RS is only a few seconds behind. Keep in mind that there are of course many variables at play here, not least the fact that Lars Kern wasn’t behind the wheel of either of those two cars – so take that as you will.

Insane benchmarks

There’s no reason to believe that the Porsche Taycan Turbo GT won’t prevail as the lightest version of the Taycan available today, but it still has to have a serious powertrain when it comes to shedding nearly 5,000 pounds so quickly Towing race track. Well, that’s what the Taycan TGT has in abundance, with up to 1,019 horsepower and 988 lb-ft of torque available to hurl it through the vertices. This is sent through a four-wheel drive system that utilizes a Dual motor setup and a 1-speed or 2-speed transmission on the front and rear axles, respectively.

New “Attack” mode

This has to be one of my favorite new features. If you’ve already watched the video above, you’ve probably noticed this paddle “Shifter” mounted on the steering wheel. Your eyes didn’t deceive you, but you may have wondered what function they would serve in an electric vehicle. According to Porsche, the paddles control two things: the left side is used to switch your regenerative braking settings and the other The right side is used to activate this new attack mode.

The latter action triggers an additional power of up to 120 kW for 10 seconds, which is functionally similar to the push-to-pass function of other Taycan models, although Porsche says that the attack mode is only intended for use on the race track (wink, wink, right?). This unlocks the full 1,019 horsepower the car can produce and is also a required action sequence for activation start control, from those 0-60 mph can be achieved in just 2.1 seconds.

Weissach package (real)

If you needed more convincing that the Turbo GT is very similar to Porsche’s other production GT cars, then maybe Available Weissach flat rate will finally affect you. It’s available for the first time on a Porsche Taycan model and has traditionally been an option reserved for models such as the GT2 RS, GT3 RS and more recently the GT4 RS. I think that says volumes about how Porsche themselves perceive the car and how (seriously) they want their customers to take it.

Weight reduction is still the be-all and end-all when it comes to the WP Thanks to a generous helping of carbon fiber bits, over 70kg was chopped off the “normal” TGT. There’s more “Spartan” Philosophy also applies to the WP, which eliminates the rear seats, the Bose surround sound system and even one of the charging port doors – while the remaining door has to be operated manually instead of electrically – all in the name of saving weight.

Another important feature of the WP is that Fixed carbon rear wing that generates up to 220 kg of downforce– The non-WP cars are equipped with an adaptive rear spoiler, offering a more streamlined silhouette for customers who prefer subtlety. Porsche claims the WP also shaves a tenth of a second off the 0-60 mph launch improves the top speed to 305 km/h. Perhaps most interesting is the fact that it is No paid option for the Porsche Taycan Turbo GTso that you can make your choice without reservations. One for the routeor one for the street– which will You choose?

Obligatory track goodies

Porsche ceramic composite brakes (PCCB) are standard on all Taycan Turbo GT models and have been optimized for use on the EV platform. There is also a specially tuned one Porsche Active Ride suspension Manage the driving behavior and standard of the vehicle lightweight carbon bucket seats This means that the driver and passenger remain well secured in the inevitable (and hopefully abundant) moments when high acceleration forces occur. The presence of Race Tex really encapsulates the GT character of this car, and those who also opt for the Weissach package will be treated to its exclusive logos and embroidery.

Charging and range improvements

The new Porsche Taycan Turbo GT benefits from recent improvements to the model range in these areas Charging power of up to 320 kW available for the 800 volt system. This means that the TGT can do this Top up a SoC from 10% to 80% in just 22 minutes and has one estimated range 555 km– a significant improvement over the EPA-rated range of 201 miles (309 km) for the original Turbo S at the time.

While I have my doubts that anyone interested in a Turbo GT will pay too much attention to range, these details might still do so significant in connection with driving on the race trackWhere Charging speed and battery range play a crucial role in how much fun you have there.

Prices and availability

Both the Taycan Turbo GT and the Taycan Turbo GT with Weissach package start at one MSRP of $230,000. They are only available in sedan configuration – it is not yet known whether there will be a Sport Turismo variant. The first deliveries are expected to arrive on the country’s side later this year Summer 2024.

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