Porsche Taycan Caught Aggressively Lapping Nurburgring


And yes, the fake exhaust tips are still there.

This isn’t the first time that the Taycan, pronounced as Tie-Kahn, has been seen testing at the Nurburgring in Germany. But quite frankly, we’re not getting tired of it. Not after seeing its official specs released by Porsche. It was a handful to digest, especially its 600-horsepower (440-kilowatt) output brought about by two permanently synchronous motors – one for the front axle, the other at the back. But what do you expect? It’s a Porsche, and the maker of the iconic 911 isn’t about to shatter its reputation, more so, on its first-ever, full-electric model.

However, what really tickles our fantasy is the presence of fake exhaust tips at the Taycan’s rear. We’ve seen the chrome-tipped dual exhausts before in its previous Nurburgring spy video, and yet, they’re still there. It doesn’t make sense, right? But that’s just us; maybe Porsche has something up its sleeve, like a fake exhaust sound to go with the tips. Don’t hope for an engine-sounding Taycan, though, as Porsche confirmed before that it will not “lower itself to gimmicks” in its all-electric sports car.

What you can definitely expect from the Taycan, however, is an exhilarating performance to catapult the Tesla Model S-rival to 62 miles per hour (100 kilometers per hour) in well under 3.5 seconds. On the other hand, hitting twice as much at 124 mph (200 kph) will just be 12 seconds.

In addition, high-voltage lithium-ion batteries will power the motors, enabling the car to reach 500 kilometers (310 miles) in one full charge. It also has a 15-minute fast charging time to obtain enough energy to cover 400 km (248 miles) – all via 800-volt chargers.

The Taycan is expected to be launched early next year, maybe at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2019, and will begin customer deliveries later the same year.

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At lest it can finish the loop unlike some…

Will be interesting to get formal lap times.

9 min 58.74 sec


BS… 7:58 will be closer to the final time

No, it was clocked just under 8 minutes by some of these carspotters there.

Anything under 8 is acceptable. Not that many cars can do it.

That was my thought… Anything starting with a 7 is amazing…

You are clueless.

You are too

spelling police alert! 🙂

Now thats what I am talking about…

fake exhaust tips must be camoflauge

I’m all for EVs in daily life but that’ video is decidedly less exciting without a screaming V8.

Looked like the Panamera was catching it fast. I hope it’s not the case..!

Another Euro point of view

This is not aggressive lapping, this is aggressive lapping:

Ahah, that’s not agressive lapping. That’s insanity

Taycan was driven much more aggressively few months ago on one youtube clip. This is cruising speed compared to what it is capable off.

They’re probably still doing the final adjustment of the software/firmware and hardware on the car.

I read somewhere that Mark Webber is fine tuning the car for 12 months prior unveiling.

Note to the editor: V8 Sound? From a Porsche? Are you kidding me? There’s been only the 928 with a V8. 40 years ago and I wouldn’t even call it a Porsche!

Doesn’t the 918 have a naturally aspirated V8?

Yes it does. The Cayenne and Panamera also have multiple V8 engines.

And Mark, the article did not mention V8s.

The ‘Ring has 200+mph straights. In that regard, it is unlike other race tracks, let alone how far this environment is from everything people will do on the street. A car governed to 160mph, or so, is probably losing 15-30 seconds over ones that can break below 7 minutes, by reaching for 200+. A Koenigsegg Agera recently hit 250mph. That’s not the way I would care about what I’m buying. I’d be more interested in US track times, where straights rarely allow for more than ~150mph, or so. How times separate in that environment will better tell you how cars handle, or deal with their inertia. Still, something under 8 minutes would be a beautiful thing.

The irony here, is that as much as the “electric vehicles can’t track” argument gets made, there are tracks among tracks where great passenger cars are judged on nearly irrelevant criteria. Am I preaching to the choir?

The car has bolted-on pieces of plastic camouflage, so why not have a bolted-on fake exhaust tip?

It won’t be on the production version, so who cares.

The Panamera Turbo (with 550hp) ran a 7:38 lap time. The Panamera Turbo S E-hybrid doesn’t have an official time yet, but it has 680hp and should run faster than the standard Turbo. To put that in perspective, it’s in the same ball park as cars like the 911 Turbo, Audi R8, Mclaren 650S.

My assumption, based on Porsche’s obsession with Nurburgring lap times, is the Taycan will be equal too, or slightly faster than the Panamera.

That will be one hell of a ride.

P.S. The fake exhausts are just for the prototype disguise. Many car companies have been doing something similar with EV prototypes.

If the Taycan gets anything under 7:40, I would be jumping up and down… I was thinking 7:59-7:49 is most likely with the extra mass it is carrying in the battery pack.

The one thing I find interesting with all this reporting on what other companies are “Going to do…” is that they often compare these yet-to-be relaesed cars with Tesla’s current sedans – as if to say, “Well yeah, Tesla will not be upgrading – ever – so, these new cars will really kick butt. It makes no sense to me.
While it may be 2-3 years out, it would be more interesting to compare the price and features of the Taycan (or whichever) with those of the upcoming Telsa Roadster. At least – that would make a little more sense.

I think they are serious about their tail pipes. It’s a feature, not a bug