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Porsche Unveils Taycan Turbo GT: The Most Powerful Production Porsche Yet

German Automaker Sets New EV Record with Laguna Seca Hot Lap

Porsche Unveils Taycan Turbo GT: The Most Powerful Production Porsche Yet

Porsche has revealed its newest electric car, the Taycan Turbo GT, claiming it to be their most powerful production car yet. Priced at around £190,000/$230,000 (approximately AUS$348,000), this model offers a track-focused version that removes the backseats to enhance performance.

This new electric car boasts significant upgrades to both its chassis and powertrain. One notable improvement is the use of silicon carbide in the rear axle motor, which enhances power output and responsiveness.

The Taycan Turbo GT comes in two variants, both offering 580kW of power. With Launch Control engaged, the car can accelerate from 0 to 62mph in just 2.3 seconds, or 2.2 seconds in the more extreme Weissach version.

Porsche has introduced a new feature called Attack Mode, inspired by their Formula E car, which provides a temporary boost of up to 939bhp for rapid acceleration. This is 67bhp more than the push-to-pass function found in the standard Taycan Turbo S.

The Weissach Package model of the Taycan Turbo GT is focused on track performance and has been made lighter by using more carbon fiber. This model weighs 75kg less than the Taycan Turbo S, achieved by redesigning components like the brake calipers and the boot closing mechanism.

You can choose between two versions of the Taycan Turbo GT: a standard variant with rear seats, extra sound insulation, and rear speakers, or the Weissach package for even more performance. The Weissach package removes the rear seats and adds aerodynamic elements like air deflectors and a new front diffuser. It also includes a carbon fixed rear wing and a manually opening charging flap. These changes save an additional 70kg but remove some luxuries.

The Weissach package doesn’t cost extra and is ideal for track driving. It increases the top speed by 10mph (190mph compared to 180mph) and reduces the 0-62mph sprint time to 2.2 seconds from 2.3 seconds. However, if you prefer the comforts of the non-Weissach model, such as a better sound system, four seats, and more insulation, these performance improvements might not matter as much.

The Taycan Turbo GT recently set a new lap record at the Nürburgring Nordschleife, completing the circuit in 7 minutes, 7.55 seconds. This beats the previous record held by the Taycan Turbo S Sport by 26 seconds and surpasses the record set by the Tesla Model S Plaid with the track package by 18 seconds. Despite the significant price difference (the Tesla cost $89,990 at the time), the Taycan Turbo GT with the Weissach package costs $230,000.

The Taycan Turbo GT has also set the fastest lap time for a series production electric car at Laguna Seca, achieving this with just two motors. Kevin Giek, the Model Line Vice President, commented that the Taycan’s track performance highlights the importance of having a balanced package of acceleration, braking, cornering grip, aerodynamics, stability, and fine-tuning, rather than just focusing on power alone.

The Taycan Turbo GT is not only the most powerful Porsche available for purchase but also one of the most capable and focused four-door sedans globally. This demonstrates that electric vehicles can still provide thrilling performance on the track.

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