Porsche has announced that the Taycan, its first all-electric four-door sedan, had completed a lap around the Nürburgring in 7 minutes 42 seconds, well below the company’s target time of sub-8 minutes. What’s more, a video of the run appears to show the Taycan prototype hitting speeds of 161 mph (259 km/h) on the track’s final straight.
The Taycan’s track time at the Nurburgring is incredibly impressive, especially for a four-door electric vehicle. With a time of 7:42, the Taycan is only 4 seconds short of the record set by its stablemate, the Porsche Panamera Turbo S, which currently holds the record for a production four-door sedan on the track. Behind the wheel of the record-setting Taycan was professional driver Lars Kern, who praised the vehicle for its stability and acceleration.
“The Taycan is also suitable for race tracks and it convincingly proved that here on the world’s most challenging circuit. Again and again, I am impressed at how stable the all-electric sports car handles in high-speed sections, such as Kesselchen, and how neutrally it accelerates from tight sections, such as Adenauer Forst,” he said.
A video of Kern’s record-setting lap was shown shared by the German carmaker on YouTube, and it featured a first-person view of the Taycan that included the all-electric vehicle’s stats during the run. Quite surprisingly, the Taycan’s speed in the final stretch of the Nurburgring reached 161 mph (259 km/h), above the vehicle’s often-quoted top speed of 155 mph (250 km/h).
Porsche is expected to come up with multiple variations of the Taycan when it unveils the vehicle on September 4. With this in mind, there is a good chance that the Taycan used in the record-setting Nurburgring run was a Taycan Turbo, the top-tier variant of the vehicle that’s expected to start at around $130,000.
What’s particularly interesting is that the Taycan still has other, higher-end variants that set to be released in the future. There’s the Taycan Turbo S, which will be even more powerful than the Turbo variant at 724 bhp. There’s also talks of a Taycan GTS that will likely be tuned specifically for track driving. Both vehicles are expected to command a premium, and will likely be sold at a price point that is close, or perhaps even on the same range, as the next-generation Tesla Roadster.
Porsche is set to hold the formal launch of the Taycan at three locations: one in Canada, one in Germany, and another in China, on September 4. The event will begin at 9 a.m. EST.
Watch the Taycan’s record-setting lap around the Nurburgring in the video below.