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First Reviews2025 Porsche Taycan Turbo GT First Encounter: Guaranteed Smiles

2025 Porsche Taycan Turbo GT First Encounter: Guaranteed Smiles

The Porsche Taycan GT is stunningly fast. Period.

Atlanta, Georgia – For those who don’t know, right next to the Atlanta airport is one of Porsche‘s performance centers. Adjacent to it is a circuit where the brand’s cars are put through their paces by those who have the onerous task of being test drivers for the company.

2025 Porsche Taycan Turbo GT | Photo: Danil Rufiange

I recently had the opportunity to attend the official launch of the latest version of the Taycan family, the Turbo GT. The latter will make its debut in the coming months as a 2025 model.

In addition to the traditional presentation, we were given time on the track to see what the model’s got up its sleeve. Time well spent in the passenger seat, it must be stressed, as the model driven still wore its prototype label.

A simple track ride, as we often do in our line of work? Not this time. The Taycan Turbo GT is the most powerful production car ever developed by Porsche. Its specification sheet makes you dream, smile and fearful.

2025 Porsche Taycan Turbo GT | Photo: Danil Rufiange

Slipping into the passenger seat knowing it requires a small dose of madness… and a large dose of confidence in the person behind the wheel. In this case, we were dealing with Jörg Bergmeister, a driver with a truly impressive track record.

Before I tell you about the most intense three minutes of my life, a few words about this new creation from Porsche.


Two models

Two models have been added to the Taycan family: the Turbo GT and the Turbo GT with the Weissach package.

Both are easy to distinguish, visually, both from each other and from the rest of the range.

With the Turbo GT version, the aerodynamic front end is immediately noticeable. A finned front skirt has been designed to provide real downforce, which is rare on a production car. Moving to the rear reveals an adaptive spoiler. Additional skirts have also been grafted to the sides. Made of carbon fibre, they contribute, along with many other elements, to reducing the car’s weight.

The new 2025 Porsche Taycan Turbo GT | Photo: Porsche

With the variant featuring the Weissach package, confusion is impossible. The model benefits from a new diffuser, while air deflectors are also fitted to the underbody. These differences make this version even faster in top speed (305 km/h vs. 290 km/h). At the rear, the spoiler is more massive and fitted to the bodywork.

And there’s a second detail that lets the cat out of the bag. Normally, Taycans are equipped with two charging ports, located on the front of each side of the vehicle. The driver’s side port has been eliminated with this model, to reduce weight. The electric mechanism that opens the door has also been sacrificed; it will have to be done manually.

In fact, this Weissach proposal is deliberately stripped, as it has no rear seats, uses less carpeting and insulating materials, does not offer the Sport Chrono clock and even swaps its audio system for a simpler, lighter solution.

The new 2025 Porsche Taycan Turbo GT | Photo: Porsche

The use of carbon fibre on the B-pillars, for the mirror caps and spoilers, is also part of the weight reduction effort. In concrete terms, the Turbo GT variant weighs 75 kg less than the Turbo S model of the Taycan. With the Weissach package, a further 70 kg is subtracted.


The figures

Porsche has already announced several updates to its Taycan for 2025, including an increase in power thanks to the presence of a new engine on the rear axle. The Turbo GT variants also benefit from a more powerful impulse inverter. As a result, the power figures are insane.

Specifically, the model offers 777 hp. However, when Launch Control is activated, 1,019 horsepower are unleashed. But that’s not all: for two seconds, a supplemental power boosts increases output to 1,092 hp.

20 years ago, we salivated at the idea of testing a car offering 300 horsepower. When we saw the 400 hp and then the 500, we thought we’d reached the limit. We were a long way off, as we saw combustion engines take the madness to 800 hp.

Porsche launches new Taycan Turbo GT with 1,092 hp

However, with electrification, it seems that limits no longer exist, at least those related to possibilities. The real limits will become those of physics.

Oh, the torque is rated at 988 lb-ft.

And the results based on measurements we know so well, namely 0-100 km/h, are impressive. With the Turbo GT variant, we’re talking 2.3 seconds. With the Weissach package, 2.2. What’s perhaps most incredible is that this is barely more than with the Turbo S version (0.1 and 0.2 seconds faster, respectively).

It’s important to understand that at this level of performance, the exponential effect is reversed; for small gains, you need to add a ton of power. On the other hand, if you can reach 200 km/h, it will be in 6.6 and 6.4 seconds with both variants, more than a second quicker than with a Turbo S model.

The new 2025 Porsche Taycan Turbo GT | Photo: Porsche

Needless to say, overtaking will be child’s play with these models, but if in doubt, you can always activate Attack mode via a button on the steering wheel, for an extra 15 seconds of more power.

Unsurprisingly, a Taycan Turbo GT equipped with the Weissach package recently set track marks for a production electric car at Germany’s Nürburgring and California’s Laguna Seca circuit.


The secret

While power is what has enabled the model to establish these marks, it’s only part of the recipe. In fact, the real secret of this Taycan is the Porsche Active Ride suspension. In Jörg Bergmeister’s opinion, it’s what makes ALL the difference. The car’s balance is simply amazing.

Usually, when you enter a bend at full throttle, apply the brakes and take the curves at high speed, you feel the weight of the car shift from stern to bow, and from left to right. But with this Taycan Turbo GT, this is virtually imperceptible.


The new 2025 Porsche Taycan Turbo GT | Photo: Porsche

From the passenger seat

Of course, I’m only able to say this because of my experience on the test track. As I said, this wasn’t my first such ride. While they’re all impressive, there was something surreal about this one.

Knowing that you’re sitting aboard an 1100-horsepower machine, you know that the acceleration is going to be violent. And it is. Astoundingly, that’s not what impresses most.

By the time the driver has reached full throttle on the approach to a corner, and our brains have barely had time to tell us that we’re going too fast to negotiate it, the expert has already applied the brakes and steered first one way, then the other, to exit the corner with his foot on the throttle… and a smile plastered on his face.

In the passenger seat, I was shaken like never before, despite the supportive bucket seats.

And the pace didn’t just last for a single corner, but for several laps. Clearly, the most intense three minutes of my life. And all through the ride, I was grinning from ear to ear. And all along, one word kept coming to mind about the car’s handling: incredible.

The new 2025 Porsche Taycan Turbo GT | Photo: Porsche

There’s no other word or way to describe the experience and level of performance of this new addition to the Taycan family.


Price and availability

Good news and bad news here if you’re already foaming at the mouth. The good news is that production of these Turbo GT variants will not be limited in number. The bad news is that the price tag is a hefty $270,000 to start.

Equipment will of course be complete, although a few options may be added.


Conclusion

The question many might ask is: why such a version? Isn’t the Porsche Taycan Turbo S powerful enough already?

The new 2025 Porsche Taycan Turbo GT | Photo: Porsche

Of course it is. But let’s not forget who were going on about. At Porsche, the quest for performance is visceral, and the brand is always looking to offer the ultimate in performance. That’s why there’s a GT3 RS variant of the 911.

And regardless of the type of powertrain used, what counts is performance and driving pleasure. This is what guided the designers when developing these variants.

In this respect, the new Turbo GT versions take things to another level.

The new 2025 Porsche Taycan Turbo GT | Photo: Porsche

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