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March 12, 2024

Porsche Launches Track-Focused Taycan With 1,108-Horsepower Turbo GT

Porsche is expanding its all-electric Taycan sports sedan with two new high-performance additions: the Turbo GT and the Turbo GT with Weissach package. The latter is built for the track and dispenses with the rear seats for a better power-to-weight ratio. At peak power, both models can deliver more than 1,100 horsepower. In combination with various lightweight construction and aerodynamics measures, these all-electric GT sports raise the bar in terms of driving dynamics.

Like other Taycan models, these two models have a “push-to-pass” Attack Mode function, but when activated delivers 68 more horsepower than ever (a 163 horsepower boost total). The system is optimized for driving on the track and functions in a similar way to Porsche’s Formula E racing cars.

All in all, Porsche has recently extensively upgraded the Taycan model line and generally increased the overall system power of the cars. Among other things, the enhanced powertrain with a new rear-axle motor enables even more dynamic performance compared to the predecessor models. The Taycan Turbo GT and Taycan Turbo GT with Weissach package are certainly the new flagship models. Equipped with a more powerful pulse inverter, both cars have 788 horsepower. With Launch Control that increases to up to 1,033 horsepower or up to 1,108 horsepower for two seconds.

The Taycan Turbo GT needs just 2.3 seconds for the sprint from zero to 100 km/h, or just 2.2 seconds with the Weissach package. This makes the model one- to two-tenths of a second faster than the Taycan Turbo S. The difference in acceleration from a standstill to 200 km/h is even greater: 6.6 or 6.4 seconds for the Taycan Turbo GT without/with Weissach package, which is up to 1.3 seconds quicker than the Taycan Turbo S.

The Taycan Turbo GT with Weissach package is even more laser sharp. With additional aerodynamics and lightweight construction measures, this model is even more resolutely designed for performance. The Taycan Turbo GT with Weissach package accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in 2.2 seconds, making the two-seater a tenth of a second faster than the similarly powerful Taycan Turbo GT. Its top speed is 305 instead of 290 km/h.

The pulse inverter is the key component for controlling the electric motor. In both Taycan Turbo GT models, pulse inverters with a maximum current of 900 amperes are used on the rear axle. These deliver even more power and torque than the 600-ampere pulse inverter in the Taycan Turbo S. The transmission ratio and the robustness of the gearbox have also been improved, allowing for higher torque figures. The maximum torque in both versions is up to 1,340 Nm.

The range of the Taycan Turbo GT models is up to 555 kilometers.

Porsche has also reduced the weight of the Taycan Turbo GT by up to 75 kilograms compared to the Taycan Turbo S. Several carbon parts contribute to this. Carbon fiber is used for the trims on the B-pillars, the upper shells on the door mirrors and the side skirt inlays, among other components. The full bucket seats made of CFRP, a lightweight luggage compartment and the omission of the electric soft-closing function of the tailgate also save weight.

The Taycan Turbo GT is equipped as standard with the dynamics package including Active Ride suspension with specific tuning and 21-inch lightweight forged alloy wheels. It also comes with lightweight ceramic brakes with the calipers painted in Victory Gold.

Porsche developed a front spoiler with aero blades specifically for the Taycan Turbo GT. The rear view is dominated by an adaptive spoiler, the tear-off edge of which features a Gurney flap in a high-gloss carbon-weave finish. Meanwhile, the Weissach package features a fixed rear wing in a carbon-weave finish with wing supports fixed to the body. The total downforce here is up to 220 kilograms. The Weissach package logo features on both sides of the rear wing.

While the Taycan Turbo and Taycan Turbo S with Turbonite features differ from the other models in the series, the Taycan Turbo GT has more of a racing vibe. Both models bear the colored Porsche crest on the front hood as well as on the hub covers of the lightweight alloy wheels. The ‘Turbo GT’ logo on the rear lid is painted in Black (matte).

Inside, the sporty Race-Tex features come with black leather trims as standard. The standard equipment also includes lightweight full bucket seats in a carbon-weave finish (high-gloss). Front Adaptive Sports Seats Plus (with electric 18-way adjustment and memory package) can be ordered too. The Taycan Turbo GT features the Sport Chrono package from the Taycan Turbo S.

Eliminating all equipment not required for track driving, The Weissach package sheds 70 kilograms compared to the Taycan Turbo GT. Instead of the usual rear seat system, there is a tailor-made, high-quality lightweight carbon cladding with a storage compartment behind the seat shells for the driver and front passenger. The analogue clock from the Sport Chrono package, which is normally present on the instrument panel, is also dispensed with, as are the foot and boot mats and less insulation material is used. The Taycan Turbo GT with Weissach package only has a charge port door on the passenger side, which is operated manually instead of electrically. Special sound- and heat-insulating glass and the Sound Package Plus also save weight. The latter does without rear speakers and replaces the Bose Surround Sound system.

The first Taycan Turbo GT models should be delivered to customers in the next couple of months.

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