Watch As Porsche Taycan Brings Fake Exhaust To The Nurburgring


Come on, Porsche – stop teasing us already.

Porsche keeps playing its game of “this is an ICE-powered prototype” around the Nurburgring where it is testing its first fully-electric vehicle, confirmed to be named the Taycan (pronounced as Tie-Kahn). We have no idea why the German sports car maker is still using fake exhaust tips at the back of this trial vehicle, as it has already made it clear it will not “lower itself to gimmicks” and use V8 in its all-electric sports car.

Anyway, it’s good to see Porsche is advancing with the development of the Taycan. This prototype, filmed by Automotive Mike, features only lightly camouflaged headlamps and taped taillights. It’s probably safe to assume the vehicle is very close to its final production form and this car is giving us a good idea of what it will look like.

While the design still hides some secrets, we know pretty much all important details about the Tesla Model S rival’s performance. Porsche claims that, with its “huge torque from a standing start,” the Taycan will sprint from a standstill to 62 miles per hour (0-100 kilometers per hour) in under 3.5 seconds. Hitting twice as much at 124 mph (200 kph) will take just 12 seconds.

As far as range and charging are concerned, the automaker promises the EV will be able to cover approximately 310 miles (500 km) between two charges with a 15-minute fast charging option providing enough energy for 248 miles (400 km).

All these numbers sound very intriguing, to say the least. We can’t wait to see the production model debuting but this probably won’t happen before the spring of 2019. The Taycan is reportedly coming to next year’s Geneva Motor Show with customers deliveries scheduled to kick off later the same year.

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Those test vehicles have bolt on disguise, they probably take Panamera parts and bolt them onto the Taycan body to not reveal how the final car will look.

Since the Panamera has an exhaust, the disguised Taycan has fake exhaust tips. Sure they could design a body panel with no exhausts to bolt on, but with it, it looks even more like a Panamera.

“only lightly camouflaged headlamps and taped taillights. It’s probably safe to assume the vehicle is very close to its final production form”

It isn’t.


I’ve seen the mule life. The whole body is plastic. Besides the lights and the door pillars you can’t judge anything from it.

Plastic? Carbon-fibre reinforced plastic, I’d wager… Which would certainly be interesting!

Doesn’t mean it’s not the final body, though. I’ve never heard of a car being tested at such a late stage with a fake body.

(Also, these aren’t mules. Mules are unique by definition; and used in early development only, not when testing dozens of prototypes shortly before production starts…)

No, those were plastic covers on top of the actual body and there is no paint on it. Just like the panels on a Smart or i3. Huge gaps and no symmetry. From close up it looks like they made it conform with a heat gun an glued it to the car with sikaflex or similar.
Since the car probably isn’t going to be panels on a frame the structural panels must be the production ones else the testing wouldn’t make much sense. Albeit, it might be some hybrid construction relying on a frame and not only on the shell.

Another Euro point of view

I wonder why they do those ring tests again and again with prototypes which seem still far from production versions. The only logical reason I can imagine is that they still do test different options as basic as powertrain/cooling/battery configurations. It must be tough for engineers as because batteries get incrementally better all the time the technical solutions they deemed good enough 12 months ago are about to become obsolete 12 months from now, more or less upon release.

“with prototypes which seem still far from production versions”

You simply have no idea how advanced these prototypes are under their obvious camouflage. So why do you make this comment ?

Because they aim for perfection. The whole platform for the car was constructed and built in under 5 years which is a really ambitious. Obviously they are nervous that the car might have flaws.
They also have to test at all temperatures and humidity levels.

Lawl, they built the carb egolf and pikes peak winner in 6 months each, why is this taking so long?

A single seat racer that only needs to be able to work once can’t be compared with a car.

You don’t see a difference between building one experimental single-use vehicle, and bringing a car supposed to work in all condition and last 20 years to mass production?…

Because production cars are much harder to develop!

Less then a year from production start, I’m pretty sure these prototypes are already very close to the production version.

As for why they test again and again, there are many possible reasons. Fine-tuning the drivetrain, suspension, dynamics controls etc. Verifying that no flaws slip through. Or maybe even testing consistent quality, if these are production prototypes. (Which seems quite possible at this point.)

This is standard Porsche (and mostly industry) practice. The next gen 911 is due early next year and they are still have prototypes fine tuning suspension set ups, shift programs etc. I think many folks on here’s first experience with car development is via Tesla, so extensive testing and fine tuning BEFORE selling the car may seem strange.

Another Euro point of view

OK fair enough. It’s indeed right that any English speaking EVs fan site is a bit of a reality distorsion field as far as judging what is normal and not normal in car industry. Actually I realize I fell for this myself without even noticing it. Scary :(.

Nürburgring doesn’t offer very much in terms of “working in all conditions”. But it can give great input for tuning. Don’t you think Porsche is fiddling with everything to get the best feel and/or lap time out of its package..? That’s what I think they are doing at the ring.

This thing is not half as sexy as a tesla

Maybe against a Model S, but certainly way better looking than a fugly Model X or average looking Model 3.

I agree – I like the muscular stance of the car from the back doors back. Unfortunately, the front reminds me of a W30 third generation Toyota MR2 – sorry:

Yeah, like twice as sexy.

Model 3 is better looking. They better have a Mission E hiding under that camouflage.

Wait until they take the heavy camoflauge (bolt-on plastic pieces).
And there may be more to the camp than the article lets on — they said just the headlights and taillights.

How much do we actually know about the real performance specs? Aren’t these just figures that have been put out for they Mission e concept years ago, and never been updated for the production version? (Nor likely to be, until the official reveal…)

(Also, while the specs are certainly not bad, charging speed is the only known one I’d call “intriguing”, if you want to tout it as a Tesla Model S rival…)

Porsche has always down played the performance of it’s cars. That is why they are always vague when publishing specs. 0-100km/h UNDER 3.5 secs for example.

They promise sub 8 minutes on the Nürburgring. That is serious performance.
I’m more interested in what its real life specs are. Off the line performance with a fully charged pre heated battery is a parlour trick and I expect Porsche to deliver the promised performance at 20% SOC cold or hot.

Porsche CEO spilled some beans about the Taycan’s thermals when questioned by Friedrich Indra:

Google Translate version:
“And Porsche CEO Oliver Blume insists the new mission I’m going like a real sports car. On demand of engines luminary Friedrich Indra he must specify: One could thus high speed ten times from 0 to 100 km / h or four times from 0 to 200 km / h before the car switches to an emergency austerity program. This means that for a lap of the Nordschleife it might not be enough.”

So 0-62 mph ten times, or 0-124 mph 4 times and then it goes into emergency thermal mode.

Indeed, sub 8 mn. lap time on Nürburgring Nordschleife is a very good time. Looking forward to a video and measured lap time for Taycan. Nordschleife EV lap times:

You have to give Porsche credit for developing their first EV on the Nurburgring. The Taycan is going to be a seriously capabale track car that will run circles around many ICE sports cars. Can’t wait for auto-journalists like Chris Harris to drive this.

What I want to know is the lap time! Everything else is just words…

What a disappointment, this really does look like the Panamera. I was considering putting a deposit down, but I am holding off because I see no indication that they plan to produce a car that resembles the concept.