Porsche has been spotted testing a Taycan prototype equipped with elements we’re used to seeing on one of the automaker’s GT sports cars.
Just a day ago we brought you spy shots of a prototype for an updated Taycan will arrive next year to mark the midpoint between the sedan and electric wagon lifecycles. However, the latest prototype is for something very different.
There’s no shortage of new aerodynamic elements, like the extended front splitter, side skirts, rear diffuser and rear spoiler. The front windscreens have also been sealed, suggesting the prototype may have new air passages hidden behind the front apron. There are also some temporary sensors mounted on the roof, though their purpose remains a mystery.
Porsche Taycan high-performance prototype spy shot – Image source: S. Baldauf / SB-Medien
Also worth noting is that Lars Kern drove the prototype. He’s a Porsche celebrity, responsible for many of the automaker’s official laps at the Nürburgring, and a summer driver of the Taycan Turbo S reached lap time 7: 33.35 at the German racecourse. The time is two seconds faster than the time set by the much more powerful device Tesla Model S Plaidand is the current record for EV production at the ‘Ring.
Porsche hasn’t said if it plans to introduce faster versions of the Taycan, although there are rumors of a more powerful three-engine variant designed to match not only Tesla’s Plaid but also Tesla’s. Lucid’s Air Sapphire and other electric vehicles in the pipeline boast four-figure horsepower figures. One such variant can be badged as the Taycan Turbo GT, similar to Cayenne Turbo GT Class.