Forget About The Nürburgring – The 2020 Porsche Taycan Looks Best In Its Natural Habitat

The Porsche Taycan is undoubtedly one of the most important new cars launched not only in 2019, but in recent years.

As Porsche’s first mass-produced electric vehicle, the Taycan holds special significance both to the German carmaker and the EV market. That was obvious during its world debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show last week when Porsche announced that the Taycan set a record lap on the Nürburgring Nordschleife for “four-door, all-electric sports cars.”

The 7:42 lap was set with a Taycan Turbo, the “base model” that pumps up to 671 HP (680 PS) and 627 lb-ft (850 Nm) of torque on overboost.

What this means is the Taycan could be even quicker on the “Green Hell” in Turbo S guise, which goes up to 750 hp (761 PS) and 774 lb-ft (1,050 Nm), although given that this function is not available for more than 2.5 seconds at a time, after which both the versions produce 616 HP (625 PS), it’s not clear by how much.

Also Read: 2020 Taycan Is All-Electric, All Sports And (Thankfully) All Porsche

Tesla CEO Elon Musk didn’t like that the Taycan set a new record on the Nordschleife and sent two Model S chassis prototypes packing the “Plaid” three-motor powertrain to the ‘Ring. Yesterday we heard that the souped-up Model S likely shaved around 20 seconds off the Taycan’s time, but no official confirmation has been released yet.

Even if that turns out to be true, the Taycan’s record still stands, as the two Model S prototypes dispatched to the Nürburgring are far from being production models — unlike the Porsche. Regardless of which car is quicker round the world’s most challenging racetrack, it looks like Nürburgring lap times will continue to remain relevant in a post-ICE world as automakers vie for bragging rights (and sales).

Anyhow, Porsche knows that its customers won’t buy its latest model to pound the ‘Ring but use it in the real world, day in, day out, and chose Norway as the place to kick off the international media drive event of the Taycan.

No fewer than 18 cars were available for journalists from China, the US, the UK, Germany, Italy, France, Switzerland and Norway to sample on Scandinavian roads. Besides Norway, the test route also took the convoy to Sweden and Denmark on September 17 and 18, and the gallery right below shows the 2020 Taycan in its natural habitat: the real world.

To better identify the two trim levels, keep in mind that the blue car (Gentian Blue Metallic) is a Turbo while the white (Carrera White Metallic) and green (Mamba Green Metallic) ones are Turbo S models.

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  • robotlogic

    The green one looks rendered to me. But, if that paint is in fact real WOW!

  • Six_Tymes

    “Forget About The Nürburgring”

    pffftttt! if it was Porsche that just got done at Nürburg and broke a record all would be flipping out and cheering Porsche for doing so. One sided.

  • benT

    THAT TOUCAN is a 2+2 seater with 4 doors.
    The Tesla S is a clearer 5-seater, 5-door unit .
    CLEARLY not the same market and to compare the TOUCAN with anything is the lunacy of comparing a 718 against a Chevy Nova.

    • Matt

      Are you dyslexic?

  • Big Black Duck
    • Craig

      lol I was thinking of Dino the Dinosaur! But Kermit is good too.

  • blunt-o

    R.I.P Tesla.

    • Shtekeris

      Totally. Cause as we know people have 100’000+ just laying around, forget about Model 3.

  • Bash

    Beautiful.

  • Astonman

    Beautiful interior

  • SteersUright

    So many design flaws. Shame, it shoudl’ve been beautiful. First, it looks like it has two rear bumpers. It absolutely awful, no idea why they gave it the double-rump. Second, the rear light bar looks forced rather than fitting naturally into the rear design. Lastly, they really botched the front. Those headlights and front bumper are really bad. They do not faithfully represent the beautiful original concept car at all.
    Overall, the proportions are better than the Tesla’s and the interior is the true star of the show. Still, I expected a beautiful car from Porsche for some reason.

    • Exotics

      Lol. Model S and 3 proportions are much cleaner. And the interior has way too many screens. Model 3 Ultra White minimalistic interior is better than the toucans interior by far.

      • Drew

        Model 3= Interior by IKEA, exterior by Barbie.

  • Exotics

    I’ve seen a better green wrap on a Model 3.

    • Matt

      Cool story. Who made the wrap?

      • Jay

        Just got a wrap from wawa 👍

  • I’ll have one in solid black, please.

  • DaruniaG

    Great looking car, but in my opinion it would be even better without the airvent behind the froontwheel.

  • MRPRCAT

    So, after all this time, it’s not even a hatchback? That’s such a huge missed opportunity. My A7 is so much more useful than an A6, because I can still got get gear for an outdoor project, pick up a cool chair at the antique store, or just toss in more luggage. I’m also surprised they went the way of the Chevy Volt 1st gen and did two separate seats in the back. Is it attractive? I think so. Is it competitive? Could be more so with some better engineering choices.

  • young Tran

    Paid 100k more for better outside look but performance is mediocre.
    When tesla coming back next month to test run again.
    Will not be 20 seconds but 35 seconds faster.

    Last, how much you got paid to write this article???

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