Porsche Taycan Becomes the Quickest Four-Door EV Around the Nürburgring

Tesla Model What Now? Porsche's first electric car runs with impressive company.

Kelly LinWriter

After spending some time in a preproduction Taycan, we concluded that not only does it feel like a true Porsche, it's poised to be the sharpest handling mass-production EV around. Now we have further proof that the Taycan is a genuine performance car, battery powered or otherwise: It just set a new record on the Nurburgring.

Yes, we're slicing the records pretty thin here, but the Taycan is now the quickest four-door EV to run around the harrowing Nürburgring Nordschleife. Test driver Lars Kern made it around the Green Hell in 7 minutes, 42 seconds. Although it was a preproduction vehicle, it rode on production 21-inch wheels wrapped in production summer tires.

Indeed, the category of four-door EVs is pretty small, but regardless the Taycan rolls in good company with its impressive track time. At 7:42, it's quicker than the Honda Civic Type R (7:43.8) but slower than a non-Competition BMW M5 (7:38.9). In fact, it's not the quickest four-door by a large margin. Unfortunately, we don't know how a Tesla Model S compares, since its newest, quickest variants haven't been run recently. The Volkswagen ID.R just set a new overall record for electric vehicles, blazing around the 'Ring in 6:05.3.

At launch, the 2020 Porsche Taycan will feature two electric motors, one at the front axle and one at the rear axle, providing north of 600 horsepower. Hitting 60 mph from a standstill is expected to take less than 3.5 seconds. Adding to the EV's performance chops are an adaptive air suspension and rear-wheel steering. The Taycan's charge times were demonstrated in a recent endurance test, and total battery range is expected to be above 300 miles per charge.

It's clear Porsche is steadfast in proving to brand purists that the Taycan is deserving of the badge on its hood. We'll learn more about Porsche's new EV when it debuts on September 4. In the meantime, check out the car's high-tech interior here.

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