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Porsche Taycan Turbo GT revealed

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Writer:

Andrew Frankel | Ti co-founder

Date:

11 March 2024

This is the new Taycan Turbo GT, the most powerful production Porsche in history. Capable of producing 1092bhp in short bursts when ‘Attack Mode’ is selected, it can reach 62mph from rest in 2.2sec with the optional Weissach Pack and hit a top speed of 190mph.

Such a car has also lapped the Nurburgring in 7min 7.5sec, little more than 2sec slower than the Rimac Nevera’s outright EV lap record, despite being a four door saloon. It is also the fastest four door car of any kind to lap the ‘Ring and some 26sec quicker than a standard Taycan Turbo S.

Porsche Taycan Turbo GT revealed

Key to this new flagship model’s performance is a new rear axle motor controlled by a new pulse inverter with a maximum 900 amperes current compared to the 600 ampere inverter used in the standard Turbo S. Most of the time this helps deliver a total of 777bhp, but when Attack Mode is activated this is instantly boosted to 1019bhp, with a peak of 1092bhp briefly possible.

Porsche Taycan Turbo GT revealed

But this is not just about additional power: thanks to a large number of small lightweighting moves, some 75kg of mass has been removed, including fitting lightweight carbon-fibre reinforced seats and a lightened luggage compartment, though as the result still weighs 2220kg, it’s still hardly a dainty car. Porsche Active Ride suspension specifically tuned to the car’s more sporting requirements is also fitted.

Porsche Taycan Turbo GT revealed

And you can always lose another 70kg by choosing the Weissach Pack, though you do lose the rear seats too. Gone too are the floor and boot mats, along with a chunk of sound deadening and the rear speakers. But you do gain a fixed rear wing which, along with other aero addenda provides up to 220kg of downforce.

Porsche Taycan Turbo GT revealed

Both versions of the Taycan Turbo GT are available to order now, with prices starting at £186,300, which is £24,900 more than is currently charged for a Turbo S. Over half a century on, there is now a Porsche road car with a power output to (almost) match that of the mighty 917/30 Can-Am car of 1973, though it remains over 2.5 times as heavy…