At the appointed time—last month, at the Porsche Experience Center in Los Angeles—I was belted into the brutishly beautiful Mission R, in garnet-and-ivory livery. The team’s instructions were simple: Follow the pro driver in the car ahead for five laps and “if anything goes wrong, don’t touch anything,” said Matthias Scholz, director of GT race cars and lead toymaker. “Don’t try to fix it.” Like I’m getting out to spray ether into the carburetor.
Caution was warranted. With its roughly 3,300 pounds balanced against a combined peak output of 671 hp (1,073-hp in “Qualifying” mode), the Mission R has roughly the same power-to-weight ratio and lap-time performance as Porsche’s flagship turnkey racer, the 911 GT3 Cup car. Other nominals include 0-60 mph in less than 2.5 seconds, a top speed of 186 mph and over 2 g of lateral acceleration.
And bear in mind, Porsche made no obvious effort to make this example light. I feel like I could get 300 kg out of it with a flashlight and torx set.
British publication DrivingElectric has announced their award winners for this year »
Car of the Year 2022 » MG ZS EV
Best Urban Electric Car » Fiat 500
Best Value Electric Car » MG ZS EV
Best Family Electric Car » Skoda Enyaq iV
Best Luxury Electric Car » BMW iX
Best Long-Distance Electric Car » Hyundai Ioniq 5
Best Electric Company Car » Tesla Model 3
Best Electric Performance Car » Porsche Taycan
Best Used Electric Car » Nissan Leaf Mk2
Best Large Electric Van » Fiat e-Ducato
Technology Award » Hyundai Ioniq 5
Innovation Award » Citroen Ami
Readers’ Favourite Electric Car » Kia EV6
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t would be easy to dismiss Porsche’s new virtual concept as a plaything with no real implications for the future of some of our favourite sports cars, but it took the company a total of two and a half years to complete – not much quicker than many series-production cars – and manufacturers simply don’t spend that amount of time and cash on flights of fancy.
Ignore the canopy opening, transparent gauges and trick movable flaps at the rear and, save for the conspicuous absence of certain comfort and safety features, the Vision Gran Turismo is so remarkably complete that it feels, contrary to what its designers say, more like a production-previewing concept.
Porsche has revealed its first virtual concept car.
The Porsche Vision Gran Turismo is the latest in a long line of digital concepts for the Gran Turismo racing game, and points to where Porsche plans to take its design language in the electric era.
Although it’s not real, the Vision GT is rooted in Porsche’s current design reality. The low-set headlights have the same four-point LED running light signature, and the lack of grilles or superfluous add-ons is in keeping with the rest of the current range.
If you’re looking for the some of the longest-legged and most usable electric cars in the world, this chart is where you’ll find them. This is where Teslas do battle with Mercedes EQs, BMW i cars, Audi E-trons, even new-groove Porsches and Polestars. If you’ve got a bigger budget to spend on an electrically powered family car to use and rely on for any kind of trip, then, with claimed ranges of up to 400 miles and beyond, these are your main contenders.
2022 Porsche Taycan GTSMotor Trend »
The Taycan GTS is positioned in both price and power between the 482-hp Taycan 4S and the 616-hp Taycan Turbo. Output is 509 horsepower (boosted to 590 in launch mode) and 626 lb-ft, split between two motors, one at each axle. As with other all-wheel-drive Taycans, the GTS has a two-speed transmission for the rear motor, while the front remains single-speed.
As with the GTS versions of other Porsche models, there are other performance tweaks, including bigger front brakes (with a carbon-ceramic package as an option), Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM, or Porsche-speak for adaptive damping), and height-adjustable air suspension as standard. Rear-axle steering and active anti-roll bars are options, but the racy blacked-out trim is part and parcel of the GTS package.