New Porsche Taycan spotted: electric sports saloon shows its face

October 26, 2023 by

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The updated Porsche Taycan has been spotted testing out on the road, and it’s now not wearing any camouflage so you can get your first glimpse at the new look. A high-performance varient has also been caught on the Nurburgring with an aggressive-looking bodykit. Read on for all you need to know. 

  • Facelifted Porsche Taycan spotted with no disguise
  • Refreshed exterior styling
  • Possible Taycan GT also spied
  • More aggressive body kit
  • Power upgrades possible
  • Rumoured to go on sale late next year

It doesn’t feel like that long since Porsche brought out it’s first electric car, but the Taycan is already due for a mid-life facelift, and the updated version has been spotted during development testing.

A high-performance model has also been spotted on the Nurburgring, and it could be Porsche’s answer to the 1,020hp Tesla Model S Plaid.

New Porsche Taycan design

The new Porsche Taycan has been caught by carwow’s spy photographers wearing no disguise, so this is your first proper look at this electric car’s design. Let’s take a closer look at it next to the current car.

This is just a mid-life facelift for the Taycan, so the styling changes are pretty subtle. You can see the headlights are slightly larger than before, and they are now more flush to the bumper instead of being slightly recessed like the current car’s. The front bumper has also been tweaked with a few new creases on each side, making it look a bit like a squirrel which has stuffed its cheeks with nuts before its winter hibernation.

There aren’t many changes to report down the side of the car. It still has the same coupe-esque shape as the current Taycan, and a new estate-style Sport Turismo is likely to make an appearance at a later date as well.

It’s a similar story at the rear, where the new Taycan looks pretty much the same as the current car. It still has the full-width light bar across the boot, although there are a couple of new vents on each side of the rear bumper.

As well as the facelifted Taycan, this racey-looking version of the electric saloon has been spotted testing on the Nurburgring. Nothing has been confirmed yet, but this could be a Tesla Model S Plaid alternative called the GT.

This prototype is almost completely undisguised, so you can see the it has a much more aggressive-looking front bumper than the standard car with extra air intakes, and that huge rear wing sets it apart as well. Don’t read too much into the roll cage, that’s just for testing purposes.

New Porsche Taycan motors and batteries

The new Porsche Taycan is likely to have similar motor and battery options to the current car, however this hasn’t been confirmed just yet.

If it does end up retaining its motors and batteries, you’ll get 408hp in the rear-wheel-drive model and up to 763hp in the Turbo S. The current car has a 93kWh battery with up to 325 miles of range, so expect similar numbers for the new car.

But what about this mystery performance model. Well for now it remains just that, a mystery. The fastest Taycan in the current range is the Turbo S, putting out 762hp so you can expect the suspected GT model to get more than that.

This could even be Porsche’s answer to the bonkers Tesla Model S Plaid, so it may be chasing that car’s 1,020hp power output. You’ll have to wait for an official reveal to find out for sure though.

New Porsche Taycan interior and infotainment

Don’t expect too many changes to the cabin of the new Porsche Taycan. There are likely to be some new trim options, but not much else has been confirmed.

If you peer through the windscreen of the new “GT’, you can just about make out the same carbon-fibre bucket seats you can get in cars like the Porsche 718 Cayman GT4. It’s unclear whether these will be available for the production version though.

When will the new Porsche Taycan go on sale?

The updated Porsche Taycan is still in the early stages of development, and there’s no word on when it’ll go on sale. It’s likely to be late next year.

As for this new “GT’ variant, it may go on sale at the same time as the facelifted Taycan, but this hasn’t been confirmed. Expect it to cost more than the current Porsche Taycan Turbo S though – it may even get close to the £160,000 mark.

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