Porsche’s Plaid rivalling Taycan spotted testing

Porsche is taking the power battle to Tesla with a new ultra-hot version of the Taycan. It’s set to be called the Turbo GT and our spies have papped it ahead of its launch, set for 2024.

The Tesla Model S Plaid rival was spotted by our snappers at the Nürburgring as it attempted to set a new lap record for electric production cars, with factory driver Lars Kern behind the wheel. Rain hampered the attempt, with our man on the ground recording a time of 7:05:298, some 20 seconds behind the Nürburgring lap record of the Rimac Nevera.

A facelift Taycan is on the cards for 2024, and this Turbo GT model should be the range-topper. 

Upgrades include a huge rear wing, new bumper, rear air intake and headlights.

Porsche insiders remain tight lipped about the power figures. But we expect it to offer close to 1000bhp in order for it to keep up with the Model S Plaid.

Of course, Porsche is already ahead of Tesla in terms of lap records. Fitted with a performance package available only in Germany, a Taycan rounded the 12.9-mile circuit in 7min 33sec in 2022, beating the Model S Plaid by two seconds.

Available through Porsche Tequipment, the package included RS Spyder-design 21in wheels with Pirelli P Zero Corsa tyres and a significant update to the Taycan’s chassis-control system.

The next-generation Taycan should arrive in 2027. It will lead Porsche’s electric future, alongside an electric Porsche Panamera and four other EVs. 

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