Porsche has just revealed that it sent its upcoming all-electric Taycan sedan around Germany's famed Nürburgring. And to the surprise of absolutely nobody, it was quick. Really quick. Porsche says that it ran the 20.6 km track in seven minutes, 42.34 seconds.
It's the quickest four-door EV around the legendary track, thanks to its twin-motor all-wheel drive, Porsche Active Suspension Management, Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control, and electro-mechanical roll stabilization. Though if you want the full specs, you'll have to check back here on September 4 when Porsche reveals the figures. But these days, saying it's the fastest electric four-door doesn't tell you much. The number and velocity of electrics are both increasing rapidly. So here are five cars that the Taycan can, well, take it to on the Nürburgring.
Porsche 911 997.1 GT3 RS
That's right, the first victim on this list is another Porsche. The 911 GT3 sold from 2006 to 2011 was just slightly slower than the current electric, with a time of seven minutes and 43 seconds flat, according to the Nürburgring Lap Times site. And the GT3 doesn't even have a rear seat, let alone a rear trunk. It does have a 3.6L flat-six engine that makes 409 hp and can rev to 8,400 rpm.
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Lamborghini Murcielago LP670-4 SuperVeloce
The SuperVeloce was sold in 2009-2010. It took the standard Murcielago and boosted the 6.5L V12 to 661 hp and 487 lb-ft of torque. It also trimmed 100 kg of weight from the car by adding more carbon fibre and a lighter exhaust. It even got carbon-ceramic disc brakes. Lamborghini claimed a top speed of 336 km/h with the high-downforce wing. It was able to run the 'Ring in the 7:42.6 range, which is just a whisker slower than the Taycan.
Aston Martin Vantage GT8
The GT8 was a version of Aston's sports car that was designed specifically for track use. The 4.7L V8 was tuned to 440 hp, giving it a higher top speed and quicker acceleration. Aston trimmed 100 kg over the V8 Vantage S, and the car had a new rear wing and front aero package to improve downforce. For all that, James Bond will be playing catch-up to the Taycan, turning in a 7:50 at the 'Ring.
Pagani Zonda S 7.3
Horatio Pagani's mid-engine V12 hypercar is one of the most gorgeous vehicles of the modern car era. It has an all-carbon tub and a 7.3L V12 that is built and tuned by Mercedes-AMG to put out 547 hp and 553 lb-ft of torque. The cars can hit 1.18 g on the skidpad. But no matter how many exquisite details and ultra-premium finishes it has, the monster can't beat the Porsche Taycan around the Nürburgring.
Honda Civic Type R
Ok, maybe the CTR isn't as exotic as the rest of the list, but this is the cutting edge of hot hatch. And on a track with somewhere between 75 and more than 150 corners depending on who you ask and how you count, handling and weight can be as important as all-out power. The Type R's 2.0L turbo-four puts out 306 hp and 295 lb-ft. Plus it has a limited-slip differential and six-speed manual. And all those big Honda wings. It also doesn't have a battery to lug around. But it's still slower than the Taycan around the ring, showing just how quick Porsche's electric can go.
Even more impressive, is that the Taycan can go so quickly for such a long lap. It's not the fastest EV overall, with VW's purpose-built ID. R racer more than a minute and a half quicker, but you're probably wondering how it compares with Tesla. Well, we can't find a full lap time of a Model S – drivers mention the car going into a lower-power heat management mode partway through the circuit.Running electric rings 1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM 8/26/2019 9:40:00 AM