Now that doesn't sound like an especially fast or ambitious benchmark when the Honda Civic Type R, a much less powerful gas-powered, front-drive hatchback, lapped the track in 7 minutes and 43 seconds. But Porsche's target time puts it in good company with some very fast electric sports cars. The Audi R8 E-Tron managed a lap time of 8:09, and the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Electric Drive did it in 7:56. Of course it will still be far behind the Nio EP9's lightning-fast 6:45.
But the Taycan is meant to do more than just lap a race track at incredible speeds. It will have a range of around 310 miles on the NEDC test loop, accelerate to 60 mph in under 3.5 seconds, and carry at least four passengers in comfort. It will even have a wagon-like variant. Stay tuned for more info on the new Porsche electric this fall.