The Stuttgart-based manufacturer has just added another important mark to its already impressive list of achievements, and this one concerns a production car. Indeed, the Porsche Taycan Turbo S has just set a time of 7 minutes 33.35 seconds around the famous Nürburgring circuit, a new world record for a car belonging to the category of cars authorized to run on the road.
The new mark also surpassed the one set by a certain Tesla Model S Plaid, by a little more than two seconds, the American sedan that had written this page of history in September last year with a time of 7 minutes 35.58 seconds. It is also worth mentioning that these two latest lap times were achieved on the new 20.8 km long track compared to the 20.6 km of the old configuration.
The 2023 Taycan Turbo S sedan is now available with a new optional performance package that adds 21-inch RS Spyder wheels wrapped in Pirelli P Zero Corsa tires and an updated PDCC (Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control) to better work with the higher-performance tires. Of course, the roll cage and racing seats were installed on board the car, as required by regulation, but these additions did not even change the official weight of the fastest version of the Taycan range.
The brand’s official driver, Lars Kerns, was behind the wheel of the sedan during the recently set record. “With the new performance package, I was able to push even harder, and the car was even more precise and agile in the corners,” he said.
The trouble – for North American enthusiasts at least – is that this new package available through the brand’s Tequipement division is exclusively available in Germany for now. Production of these new Taycan Turbo S just started in July, and the 2023 model year will be the German market year, as far as the new special package is concerned. Will Porsche add these new modifications to its already extensive catalogue for 2024? It’s safe to assume so, although it’s not always so simple for a manufacturer to integrate an option package in a particular market.
The bottom line is that the Tesla Model S Plaid with Track Mode is still the fastest electric sedan around the legendary German track when compared to a North American Taycan Turbo S. There is also a significant difference in power between the two supercars: 751 horsepower for the Taycan Turbo S and 1,020 horsepower for the Model S Plaid.