The Goodwood Hillclimb, during the annual Festival of Speed, has become less about the attempt of sprinting uphill on a tight course quicker than the previous contender, and more about showing off some new automotive hotness.
Porsche isn’t a stranger to exhibitionism, and at Goodwood showcased the new 911 RSR, the track-only GT2 RS-derived 930, as well as the pair of range-topping 718s, the Boxster Spyder and Cayman GT4. However, all eyes were on the fully-electric Taycan as Mark Webber took it out for a fast run.
The former F1 racer and FIA WEC LMP1 series champion for the Zuffenhausen automaker took the Taycan prototype through its paces, evidently without regard for it being in an unfinished state. That last assertion might be inaccurate, though, as we know the car to be in its final stages of development.
That said, because the world already knows so much about Porsche’s first production fully electric vehicle, we find the inclusion of the fake sticker taillights and other bits of camouflage puzzling and rather annoying - it even has fake exhaust vent looking things!
Perhaps they’re just really keen on the unveil earmarked for September at the Paris Motor Show, and giving the full car’s exterior away any moment sooner would be blasphemous.
The four door EV adopts a very coupe-like silhouette not unlike the Panamera, though its dimensions and resulting interior space are less substantial, and seeing it in motion, seems clear to be a near equal amalgamation of the aforementioned Panamera and the Mission E concept.
However, even with the thin disguise, the Taycan looked very good, and mightily quick. The Taycan powered by dual electric motors for four driven wheels at all times, combining to produce over 440kW and fed by a floor-mounted lithium ion battery suspected to be rated at 100kWh.
Following a global reveal, we won’t be surprised if Porsche followed it up in short order with a Sport Turismo bodystyle. Before long, there might be a more crossover-like variant in much the same vein as the Mission E Cross Turismo Concept.