Four years after Porsche showed us the original Mission E concept, the 2020 Taycan is finally here, ahead of its public premiere at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show. Porsche's new EV arrives on the heels of numerous teasers, a hatchback concept (that we later drove) and the construction of a new plant to build the company's first battery-electric vehicle. Plenty of testing allowed it to claim a record lap time around the Nürburgring's Nordschleife for a four-door electric car. We've even gone for a ride in a prototype.
Likely even more important to buyers is that there'll finally be a real alternative to the Tesla Model S that has ruled the large luxury electric sedan roost. Whether or not Porsche will be able to loosen Tesla's stranglehold on the segment remains to be seen, but attractive looks, gonzo performance and a tech-laden cabin appear to put the Taycan in the position to do just that when it goes on sale later this year.
Has there been a more anticipated Porsche in modern history? More desirable? Sure, I think most folks would rather take home a than this electric Taycan, but all the buzz and chatter about that car and its relative position within the then-Holy Trinity of hypercars doesn't begin to approach the anticipation that's been brewing since the Taycan was still a sultry prototype called the .
The volume of that buzz has only been increasing as the EV performance wars have intensified, battlefields spreading to engulf fabled racetracks: California's Laguna Seca on one side of the world and, on the other, the spiritual home of performance pissing contests: Germany's Nurburgring.
It's been a fun (if extended) ride to get here, but it's time to move on past all that speculation because I've finally had a day behind the wheel of a fully production-spec Taycan. That's not enough time to do a full review and readily compare all its merits with those of competition like. However, it is enough time for me to confidently say that the Taycan Turbo is very, very good -- but not without a few significant flaws.
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