The upcoming Porsche Taycan has set another very specific record, laying down a new marker for four-door electric vehicles around the Nurburgring Nordschleife.
Although there's not technically a heap of competition for the Taycan when it comes to its Nordschleife record – Tesla hasn't set an official time with the Model 3 Performance – the car's 7:42.00 time does represent the completion of an important goal for Porsche's engineering team.
When the Mission E launched at the 2015 Frankfurt motor show, the official presentation claimed it would lap the Nurburgring in less than eight minutes. Mission accomplished, then.
Electric power aside, the Taycan's time shapes up well against some serious performance cars. It's quicker than the Honda Civic Type R and on a par with the previous-generation Cayman GT4, and not far behind the Renault Megane Trophy-R.
Porsche's tease for the Taycan has been a long, drawn-out process. We know what the interior looks like, performance specs have leaked, and some of Porsche's audacious performance claims have been proven.
"The Taycan is also suitable for race tracks and it convincingly proved that here on the world’s most challenging circuit," said Lars Kern, Porsche test driver.
"Again and again, I am impressed at how stable the all-electric sports car handles in high-speed sections, such as Kesselchen, and how neutrally it accelerates from tight sections, such as Adenauer Forst."
A full reveal is lined up for September, with the Taycan set to arrive in Australia late in 2020.
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