The Porsche Mission E, now rebranded as the Taycan, has been spotted testing on the iconic Nürburgring testing track in Germany.
The new star from Stuttgart sounds like a jet airplane as it flies around the track with its faux-exhaust pipes in tow. Porsche has been touring the car around, and more recently, taking it out onto public roads for more rigorous testing prior to the production launch in late 2019. The beast of a car hit the track in its new production-ready exterior, but with a front fascia that looks to be very much in process. With at least a year until it is expected to hit showrooms, that’s no surprise but we are very quickly approaching the pencils down period for the car, if it is to have a shot at making it to customers next year.
The Taycan electric vehicle platform is expected to be used as the foundation for other Volkswagen Group vehicles like the Audi eTron Quattro which will also hit showroom floors in 2019.
Porsche has not released official pricing for the Taycan but sources indicate it will be in the $75,000 to $80,000 range, making it a direct competitor with the Tesla Model S. It is expected to be released with all-wheel drive initially, with talks of later vehicles having the option for a rear-wheel drive build. The Taycan will also have 3 different power levels for buyers to choose from at 400 kW (536 hp), 500 kW (670 hp), and 600 kW (804 hp).
With the motor in an electric vehicle being so much smaller and easier to swap out than internal combustion vehicles, it is exciting to see manufacturers leaning into the space as they explore not only what customers want but what is technically possible with electric drivetrains.
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