2020 Porsche Taycan Turbo S
A shade over 14 miles long, “The Green Hell,” more formally known as the Nürburgring, stands as one of the most benchmarked automotive tracks in existence. Not only is the Nürburgring widely used by automotive manufacturers, it is also one of the most daunting race tracks ever created. Chicanes, blisteringly fast straights, elevation changes, hairpins and the ever-shifting weather all help to contribute to the aptly conceived “Green Hell" moniker that Sir Jackie Stewart coined in 1960. Often one hears of Porsches with names ending in “RS '' shaving seconds off lap records, establishing themselves as the new fastest production vehicle around the Nürburgring. Twin-turbochargers, center-lock wheels, and expansive rear wings are the usual features of these record-setting Porsches. The sound of nothing, four seats, and two trunks capable of holding golf bags and groceries is not what one typically associates with record setting – especially on the Nürburgring. But the Porsche Taycan Turbo S is not typical.
Despite the name, this four door EV has no turbochargers. Nonetheless, the Taycan Turbo S sprints to 0-60 MPH in an outrageous 2.4 seconds. The Turbo S is quick, incredibly so, and will achieve that same 2.4 second figure the first time it’s launched, or the 30th time. The Taycan is a Porsche at the end of the day, and this fact is underlined by the record-setting 7 minutes and 42 seconds it requires to lap the Nürburgring. And of course after all that, the Taycan Turbo S is ready to leave the track and take the A61 Autobahn back to Stuttgart as close to the car’s 260 kph top speed as traffic will allow.
Lap records and neck snapping speed aside, the Taycan Turbo S is liveable, comfortable and usable. The Taycan’s 800-volt battery contributes to a charge rate unmatched by any other EV on the market. Inside, the supple Olea Club Atacama leather interior seats four comfortably. Contrasting the sand colored 18-way leather seats is a Basalt Black leather dashboard, further accented by uniquely specified Neodyme (rose gold) detailing on the car’s interior door handles and Burmester sound system. A heated steering wheel, front seat ventilation, panoramic glass roof and a variety of other creature comforts create a cabin that is an absolute pleasure to spend time in.
This particular car is a one-owner example which has covered 1,000 miles from new and is well-optioned with an original MSRP of $210,350, which included Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC), lane change assist, surround view, advanced 4-zone climate control, onboard 150kW/400V DC charger, adaptive cruise control, and thermally and noise insulated glass.