Pro Racer Reviews the 750-Horsepower Porsche Taycan Turbo S...Like a Pro
We’re going to see a lot of EV wars happening in the years to come, but for the moment, the Porsche Taycan takes the all-electric sports car cake.
In all honesty, we weren’t expecting any less from Porsche, a brand whose name and history are strongly tied to the world of motorsports. So, what happens when a professional race driver reviews the Taycan? The answer is a 15-minute video that will show you just how good the German super-sedan really is.
The Very Things That Make the Porsche 911 So Iconic Are Also Making It Hard to Go Hybrid
The concept of a hybrid or electric 911 isn’t a new one – Porsche has been working on a 911 hybrid for years. We even discussed whether or not there’s a legitimate case for an electric 911 in mid-2019. After all, the Porsche 718 Cayman is expected to go electric or at least hybrid when the next-gen model launches, so the 911 should be next, right? Well, it’s not exactly that simple as the 911’s general design all but prohibits efficient use of electric components. Let me explain a little further…
Porsche Just Gave the Cayenne GTS and GTS Coupe Turbo V-8 Power
The third-generation Porsche Cayenne is still a new SUV, having been unveiled for the 2019 model year in the United States. But Porsche prepared something fresh for 2021, in the form of a GTS model with a V-8 engine. The GTS, unveiled in both standard and coupe form, join the existing base, E-Hybrid, S, Turbo, and Turbo S E-Hybrid models. Let’s have a closer look at this sporty trim below.
Check Out This Porsche 356 Outlaw - The First of Its Kind
Once upon a time, it was frowned upon within the Porsche community to even own an ’Outlaw’ Porsche. Purists hated these modified examples that had strayed far from the beaten path but that all changed with people such as Magnus Walker breathing new life into the movement and showing the world just how awesome an Outlaw Porsche could be.
The movement, however, dates back decades and this is probably where it all started: Dean Jeffries’ 356A Carrera, which he thoroughly modified taking design cues from the Mercedes 300 SL. Happily, it doesn’t have butterfly doors!
This Must-See Porsche Taycan Review Also Takes You on an Autobahn Cruise
The Porsche Taycan is an electric monster and sits right with the top guns when you talk about EVs. However, it has two major problems. The sky-high price and the laughable range.
Porsche recently said that it doesn’t consider Tesla as its rival. This sounded like a justification because it couldn’t match the latter’s battery range, but Porsche is right in some sense. But despite all this, there’s no denying that the Taycan is one heck of a performer. German YouTube channel Autogefühl managed to get its hands on the Taycan 4S and provided an in-depth review of the good, the bad, and the ugly. As a bonus, you even get to see it cruise on the Autobahn!
2021 Porsche Cayenne Coupe Turbo GT
The 2021 Porsche Cayenne Turbo GT is an upcoming version of the Cayenne Coupe, a sleek SUV that Porsche originally introduced for the 2020 model year. Spotted testing in the wild with a different exhaust layout, the 2021 Cayenne Turbo GT is rumored to become the company’s range-topping model. It could also be a hybrid that generates more oomph than the already impressive Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid model. The fact that it was also spotted at the Nurburgring in the past suggests it will be more dynamic than any other Cayenne on the market. The equivalent of the 911 GT3 for SUVs if you will. The name is not yet official, but it could be called the Cayenne Coupe Turbo GT5, a badge that Porsche trademarked back in 2015.
Update 4/28/2020: The Porsche Cayenne Coupe GT Was spotted testing one again, this time with what we believe to be sport exhaust. Check out the latest pictures in our special “Spy Shots” section below.
Porsche Tries to Justify the Taycan’s Laughable Range By Saying It Doesn’t See Tesla As a Rival
Porsche introduced its first all-electric car, the Taycan, in 2019, and it’s planning to expand the lineup with a crossover. Later on, it will also launch an electric SUV, as well as an EV version of the 718. Porsche’s recent and aggressive campaign into EV territory suggests that the German automaker is going after Tesla, especially since the Taycan is actually a high-performance model. However, Porsche says that it does not consider Tesla to be a direct competitor.
Porsche’s 200-Page Annual and Sustainability Report Had a Little Surprise In It
Reports about the Porsche Macan EV have been bouncing back and forth for a year now, with the latest news being that it may only be sold as an EV from 2024 onward. This news came via an external report, but it is mentioned briefly in Porsche’s Annual and Sustainability Report for 2019 and that it is scheduled to launch in 2022. What was more interesting in that report, however, is reference to a jacked-up rugged wagon, once known as the Mission-E Cross Turismo Concept. Do you see where this is going? Are you getting excited yet?
Porsche Macan EV Timetable – Everything is Changing
The Porsche Macan’s timeline isn’t written in stone and seems to be changing so frequently that it’s hard to keep up with. Back in March of 2019, we heard that the next-gen 2021 Macan would be offered as an EV only. Then, news about the Macan EV pretty much dried up until February 2020 when we learned that Porsche would sell the current-gen Macan (in facelifted form) alongside the next-gen Macan EV. A new report, coming directly from Germany, says Porsche is considering the bravest move it’s made since it almost replaced the 911 with the 928.
The Porsche Taycan Turbo S Might Have Horrible Range But Hot Damn is it Fast
Remember when we told you that the Porsche Taycan Turbo S got a dismal EPA rating of just 194 miles of range on a single charge? Well, as it turns out, that’s the cost of being fast. Incredibly fast. Well, that and a sticker price of $186,350, but that’s a story for another time. In fact, that price almost seems justified.
Porsche has released the all-new Porsche Macan GTS after a short hiatus, and this time around it pushes things to the next level with a more powerful engine, reworked chassis, and exterior features that make it standout in the pack.
On the outside, the Macan GTS features new front and rear fascias, new side skirts, and a handful of black trim pieces for extra flare. On top of this, you’ll be able to spot the new GTS by the 20-inch RS Spyder Design wheels which are, you guessed it, dressed in Satin Black. On the inside, you’ll find plenty of Alcantara, including onThe seat center inserts Center console armrests Door trim panels
You can also opt for the GTS interior package that includes leather and accent stitching in Carmine Red or Chalk. The multifunction sport steering wheel can also be had here, and it’s actually exclusive for the Macan GTS, if you can believe that.
The big news here is the 2.9-liter V-6 under the hood. It delivers a cool 375 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque – that accounts for an extra 15 ponies over the previous model. It’s also enough for a 4.7-second sprint to 60 mph and a top speed of 162 mph. Adaptive air suspension is also available and, with it, the suspension will be lowered by 0.39 inches (10 mm.) Pricing for the Macan GTS starts at $71,300 and you’ll be able to get your hands on one starting in summer of 2020.
The Interior of This Porsche 993 "Greenwich" By Gunther Werks is the Epitome of Perfection
Gunther Werks is back at it again. The crew that brought us the limited-edition $525,000 400R is working on another 993 model dubbed the Greenwich Commission. It’s not fully revealed yet, but Gunther Werks isn’t shying away from bumping our heart rates with a set of interior pictures.
Yes, we’re drooling. But as awesome as it might be, we expect the Greenwich Commission’s interior to be backed up by an exterior and an engine that are least on par when it comes to divine attention to detail and exquisite craftsmanship. Could that be just enough to give Singer a run for its money?
Porsche is officially going to have several versions of its Taycan all-electric model, one of which will be an estate or wagon model that will most likely be called Sport Turismo. The Taycan Sport Turismo is exactly the same as the sedan model, but with a bigger trunk and more practicality.
It’s actually going to be the first mass-market, purpose-designed, all-electric wagon ever, and no, the handful of coach-built Tesla Model S wagons don’t count.
The rest of the package remains unchanged, so it’s only going to be sold with an all-electric powertrain (don’t be fooled by the fake exhausts on the back of the camouflaged prototype in these photos provided by our spies) which will provide great performance, as well as a large lithium-ion battery pack for decent range.
Design-wise, expect a slightly more toned down version of the Mission-E Sport Turismo concept that debuted at the Geneva motor show this March. Porsche is apparently also going to make a higher-riding crossover-style version of this wagon, but it will be the sedan and wagon that will be the two main models.
But even if Tesla doesn’t make a production wagon variant of its Model S, that model is going to be the Taycan and Taycan estate’s main rival because it is already quite well established in its segment.
Updated 10/28/2019: The 2021 Porsche Taycan Sport Turismo was spotted testing in the wild once again with some minor changes as it moves closer to its launch for the 2021 model year. Check out the latest images in our spy shots section below!
2020 Porsche Taycan
The Porsche Taycan is an all-electric sports sedan based on the Mission E concept. It’s also Porsche’s first-ever production electric car, designed to go against the Tesla Model S. Previewed by the Mission E concept, the Taycan sports design features borrowed from the show car, but also includes styling features seen on the Panamera sedan and 911 sports car. Powered by a couple of electric motors, the Taycan generates in excess of 700 horsepower in its range-topping version.
While considered laughable just a decade or two ago, the idea of a high-performance electric vehicle is now widely accepted in even the most traditional of speed circles. Porsche took full advantage of this and designed a sleeker Panamera that’s notably more powerful and quicker. Granted, it’s not as spectacular as the Mission E concept, but it’s definitely an exotic appearance even when compared to full-fledged sports cars. However, does it have what it takes to compete with the Tesla Model S? Let’s find out in the detailed review below.
Updated 10/14/2019: Porsche added a new member to its Taycan lineup. The new Taycan 4S has been announced in two different battery configurations. Check the Drivetrain section for more details.
Arrogance Meets Design at Porsche Production Facilities Everywhere
There’s something to be said about attention to detail, and we’re all for it – especially when we’re talking about cars that venture across the six-figure barrier or even the seven-figure barrier. But, at what point to attention to detail become an OCD problem or, even worse, arrogance? Well, we’re not really here to argue that, but we are here to tell you that Porsche is so anal about its cars that the center caps in each wheel have to be aligned in a certain way. We’re not even kidding, folks. Get a load of this.
2020 Porsche Panamera 10 Years Edition
Ten years ago, Porsche launched a model that was derided far and wide for running counter to the German automaker’s spirit and ethos. Like the Cayenne SUV, the Porsche Panamera upset a lot of people, not the least of which were the so-called purists who scoffed at the idea of Porsche broadening its appeal beyond its two-door, mid-engined sports cars. The Cayenne was a big enough departure from tradition on its own and the Panamera was looked at with the same level of disdain. It’s funny how things have turned out, right? Today, the Porsche Panamera is one of the most popular models Porsche has in its lineup, lasting long enough to earn a special edition model that’s dedicated solely on its 10th anniversary. This, folks, is the Porsche Panamera 10 Year Edition, and, if for nothing else, it’s a symbol of validation for Porsche to show to those who scoffed at the idea of a luxury four-door sedan wearing a Porsche badge. The Porsche Panamera 10 Year Edition hits the market in the first quarter of 2010 at a starting price of $104,650.
2020 Porsche Taycan by Hennessey
Hennessey is famous far and wide for its fully loaded tuning programs for some of the finest performance cars in the world. That’s a reputation the tuning company has earned after 30 years of delivering goods packed with jacked and juiced V-8 engines that oftentimes defy our imaginations. But just as Hennessey’s reputation for these programs is iron-clad, the tuner isn’t afraid to test the waters in other areas of the aftermarket world. Well, it’s doing just that after announcing plans to create an aftermarket program for an electric car. Mind you, this isn’t your typical electric car project, either. Hennessey isn’t creating a program for the Nissan Leaf. Instead, the tuner is setting its sights on the Porsche Taycan. As far as ambitious projects go, this one’s right up there for Hennessey, though if there’s one tuner that can pull it off, my money’s on John Hennessey and his boys. Prepare to enter a new world of EV tuning, folks. This is going to be good.
Now That the 2020 Porsche Taycan Turbo and Turbo S Are Here, What’s Next for Porsche’s First EV?
A few years ago I was working on a piece about the Porsche 911 991, and I had to count the number of available versions of it. I stopped at 25. It is a somewhat similar story with the Porsche Panamera, which is, right now, available in 18 different guises. Why am I telling you this then?
Well, the Porsche Taycan is available in only two guises for a start - the Taycan Turbo and the Taycan Turbo S - I wonder how many more versions can we expect?
The Porsche Macan took another
inspired update for 2019, ushering in a mid-cycle facelift worthy of the brand name. The front end received heavy revisions, including updated corner vents and an updated grille. The daytime running lights were even lowered too, a move that somehow makes the front end sportier than before. Those quad LED headlights come standard on all models while the new apron is more aggressive than before – a nice touch to say the least. The rear end even took on a new diffuser-like element, if that’s what you would call this better-side-of-bland fascia insert. The interior even took new updates, including a larger infotainment screen and a new steering wheel, while the chassis even saw some updates for better driving dynamics. In the end, the 2019 Macan is a gorgeous piece of German engineering, so we decided to make it our wallpaper of the day. We’ve included a pretty awesome hand-picked example below, but we also have a sizable gallery that’s free for the taking as well. Go ahead and knock yourself out!
Elon Musk and Jalopnik Trade Blows on Twitter Over the Taycan’s Name and We Agree With Elon on This One
The 2020 Porsche Taycan is the hot topic of the hour in the automotive world. But while most enthusiasts praise its design and compare its performance to other EVs on the market, some point out that Porsche is using the "Turbo" badge inappropriately. Tesla boss Elon Musk is among those who believe that the range-topping Taycan shouldn’t be wearing the Turbo nameplate and was quick to tweet about it. It didn’t take long for the entire thing to blow up with replies that Tesla is misusing the Autopilot name, but we think that Musk has a good point.
Porsche Taycan Walkaround - Your First Real Look at the Interior
After what seemed like an eternity waiting for the production version of the Mission-E Concept, Porsche finally pulled the covers off of the Taycan, the German automaker’s first-ever production all-electric vehicle. To add to the surprise, Porsche introduced not one, but two versions of the Taycan with the all-too-familiar Turbo and Turbo S nomenclature. Confused? There’s a reason for the use of the names, or at least Porsche says so. In any event, the Taycan is here, and among its most intriguing features, apart from its all-electric powertrain, is its interior. It’s the first time we’re getting a good, clean look at the Taycan’s interior, and as you can imagine, it’s a very Porsche-like interior. It’s clean yet sophisticated, luxurious yet functional. There are some issues with space, but for the most part, sitting inside gives you the feeling that you’re sitting inside a Porsche. That’s what it’s all about, isn’t it?
Watch the Live Reveal of the 2020 Porsche Taycan EV Right Here!
The new Porsche Taycan is one of the most teased and highly-anticipated debuts of 2019. So Porsche fan or not, you’ve been expecting this moment for a while now and you can finally enjoy it through a live stream of the Taycan’s premiere.
Porsche’s first-ever all-electric sports car could represent today what the 911 meant back in the day. So, there’s no surprise that Porsche is broadcasting the model’s premiere on three continents simultaneously. Those three places are not randomly selected. In fact, Porsche is targeting its main markets, namely Europe, the U.S., and China.
In Europe, the Taycan will be revealed at a solar farm in Neuhardenberg, near Berlin. Niagara Falls will be the venue selected for the EV’s U.S. launch, while in China, the Taycan debuts at the wind farm on Pingtan Island, which sits some 150 kilometers off the city of Fuzhou, in the province of Fujian. There’s even greater symbolism to these locations that you might have expected - the solar farm represents solar power, the wind farm wind power, and the Niagara Falls - you guessed it; hydro power.
Porsche says the launch event will last for about half an hour. Former Formula 1 race driver and Porsche brand ambassador Mark Webber will host the even from Berlin. You also don’t have to worry about the language barrier, since Porsche is streaming the event in five languages - English, Mandarin, Spanish, French, and German. Once the streaming is completed, the world premiere will be available as a video on demand.
What we can tell you at this point about the Porsche Taycan is that it will feature an interior concept that’s rather new for Porsche. Gone is the multitude of buttons and in are up to five screens. Now, it might sound overwhelming, but there’s a strong logical backbone behind Porsche’s use of touchscreens inside the Taycan, so drivers and passengers won’t get confused. Moreover, the cabin has modern-twist cues reminescent of the original 911, and these do a good job in toning down the ultra-modern feel.
What Porsche’s officials also stated in the past has to do with the Taycan’s pricing, which is expected to slot between that of the Cayenne SUV and the Panamera. That means that in the U.S., the Taycan could start at around $75,000, more or less. That will be the base price, obviously, so expect heftier pricing for higher-echelon versions of the EV. If you’re looking to secure your Taycan slot, then you should know that Porsche is accepting a $2,500 deposit.
When launched, the Taycan will offer 605 electric horsepower via two permanent-magnet synchronous motors - one for each axle. The magic behind these two motors is actually derived from Le Mans, as Porsche used the know-how it acquired with the 919 LMP1 Hybrid when developing the Taycan’s powertrain; which, by the way, will also recuperate (some of) the heat energy generated during braking. Elsewhere, two battery packs are rumoured to be offered - 80 kWh and 95 kWh. Regardless of what you pick, the Taycan will offer 800-volt fast-charging capabilities, meaning that you’ll be able to replenish the range with 60 extra miles in just four minutes.
The 2020 Porsche Macan Turbo is Mean as Hell With a Cayenne Heart
Having updated the first-generation Macan after five years on the market, Porsche unveiled a revised version of the Turbo model for the 2020 model year. The refreshed Turbo remains heavily based on the regular Macan, but Porsche made big changes under the hood, replacing the old 3.6-liter V-6 with a smaller 2.9-liter unit. While it’s not the most powerful Macan ever produced, it’s definitely the quickest. Let’s find out why.