New 2023 Porsche Taycan triple-motor spied without camouflage
Range-topping Taycan will have hypercar performance
The Porsche Taycan is one of our favourite EVs, combining the smooth, quiet refinement of an electric car with the sporty, driving dynamics you’d expect from the iconic German manufacturer. And these latest images show the new triple-motor variant - which is set to be revealed soon - testing without camouflage.
We don’t know what this new model will be called just yet - the current Taycan range-topper is badged ‘Turbo S’ despite obviously not having a turbocharger. Whether or not this even more focused and more powerful variant will follow the 911’s style and delve into the ‘GT’ name remains to be seen.
The spy shots show the new Taycan undisguised and we can see it will feature plenty of performance-focused exterior modifications. There’s an aggressive front splitter with a greater air intake area to help cool the additional motor and big front brakes, while the fixed rear wing and diffuser should work together to provide extra downforce to help put down the power.
A new set of alloy wheels has also been added and the roll cage seen on previous test cars has been retained - although we’d be surprised to see this make its way to the production model, given it’s a full cage. We know Porsche isn’t afraid of ripping out the back seats in its more track-focused sports cars so this approach might apply to its four-door EV.
Tesla and Porsche have been swapping the title of the fastest all-electric car to lap the Nurburgring, with the Model S Plaid and Taycan Turbo S recently rolling up their sleeves. Currently, the American firm holds the record, but we wouldn’t be surprised to see this new Taycan reclaim the title. A triple-motor set up should take the fight to the 1,000bhp Tesla Model S Plaid.
Porsche’s current dual-motor hardware can only be pushed so far, and a triple-motor configuration for the new flagship would also unlock precise torque-vectoring capabilities on the associated axle, with the extra power and cornering performance likely to slash the Tesla’s 7m25sec Nurburgring lap time. A revised chassis and suspension setup are also expected to be designed specifically for the Taycan triple-motor model, to help ensure its extra power is transferred to the tarmac.
A new radar system looks to have been installed behind the windscreen of previous test cars, suggesting that the new Taycan could arrive with an improved suite of driver assist systems. New wheel designs are expected to feature, which should be available on other models later as part of a mid-life facelift.
New trim and upholstery options could be available to lift the cabin, and software changes are likely for the Taycan's triple-display infotainment setup. This comprises a 16.8-inch curved instrument panel, a 10.9-inch central display and a portrait-orientated climate control screen. At extra cost, buyers can specify an additional infotainment screen ahead of the passenger, while software revisions could improve the system's features and responsiveness.
Given the upgrades, we predict the tri-motor Taycan to cost well over the £142,400 Turbo S model’s price tag when it arrives in the coming months.
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