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New Porsche Taycan Turbo GT Shatters Lap Records

The Taycan Turbo GT roars to life with a staggering 1,108bhp....

The Porsche Taycan Turbo GT has emerged as a formidable contender in the high-performance electric vehicle (EV) segment, setting its sights on rivals like the Tesla Model S Plaid and Lucid Air Sapphire. Recently unveiled in all its glory, the Turbo GT not only boasts a name but also packs a punch that could make life uneasy for its competitors.

Under the hood, the Taycan Turbo GT roars to life with a staggering 1,108bhp, showcasing its formidable power to the world. Acceleration is equally mind-boggling, as it sprints from 0 to 62mph in a mere 2.3 seconds, leaving most of its peers in the rearview mirror. However, it’s not just about straight-line speed; the Turbo GT has conquered the iconic Laguna Seca raceway in an impressive 1 minute and 27.8 seconds, a feat that shatters the previous electric lap record held by the Model S.

Visually, the Turbo GT maintains the sleek and understated design language of the Taycan family, with subtle enhancements such as new air curtains, forged wheels, lighter ceramic brakes, a touch of carbon fiber on the B-pillar, and a distinctive ducktail spoiler at the rear. Despite its unassuming appearance, this EV powerhouse hides within its sleek lines a performance that rivals the formidable McLaren Senna, lapping Laguna Seca with just half a second difference.

For those who crave an even more aggressive track-focused experience, Porsche introduces the Weissach Package, a first-of-its-kind offering for an EV. This upgrade sacrifices the rear seats in favor of a carbon fiber bulkhead and replaces the ducktail spoiler with a fixed wing, generating a claimed 140kg of downforce. The liberal use of carbon fiber trims results in a weight reduction of 70kg, elevating the Turbo GT Weissach to an even more elite status.

While the Turbo GT Weissach may not be a featherweight at a claimed 2,290kg, Porsche anticipates it to be a niche option, given that the majority of customers prefer retaining the back seats. However, for those seeking the ultimate in performance, the Weissach Pack catapults the 0-62mph sprint to a jaw-dropping 2.2 seconds.

Expect the Turbo GT’s price to soar beyond £180,000, with the Weissach Pack, adorned with various carbon trim pieces, marking the first £200k Taycan. Porsche plans to produce the Weissach Pack in limited numbers, signaling a potential dip into uncharted territory. The burning question remains: Will Porsche enthusiasts line up eagerly to embrace a hardcore, track-focused EV, mirroring the fervor witnessed for iconic models like the GT3 RS or 911 S/T? Only time will tell.

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