Porsche Humiliates Tesla at the Nürburgring

Matthew Guy
by Matthew Guy

Zuffenhausen has knocked Tesla off its perch as king of the ‘ring, throwing down an all-electric lap time within a shout of the bonkers Rimac Nevera.

Sure, there’s plenty of valid argument that setting a lap time around what amounts to an arbitrary ribbon of tarmac in Germany – one with over 150 turns and stretching nearly 13 miles, no less – is a fool’s errand which proves little. Getting even one of those corners wrong can scupper a posted time and getting another go around isn’t exactly a simple task; this ain’t no 20 second lap at Martinsville.

Still, gearheads are a notably traditional lot, so we persist reporting on these things – especially when professional factory drivers reset notable records. This time around, Porsche development driver Lars Kern cracked off a lap time of 7:07.55 minutes on the Nordschleife, officially 26 seconds faster than the last Taycan effort in 2022 and over 17 seconds fleeter than the Tesla Model S Plaid's 7:25.23 time, the previous record in this vein.

Porsche is describing the car it used as a ‘pre-series Taycan’, suggesting the thing could be some sort of new high-performance trim set to debut when the model gets a midcycle refresh later this calendar year. This jives with the brand’s promise to release video footage of its 7:07.55 lap in mid-March. As for the car itself, a “legally prescribed” roll cage plus some racing bucket seats were installed but those are the only non-standard modifications described by Porsche. Smart money has this trim (called the GT? Maybe?) rocking a trio of electric motors with horsepower well into four-figure territory. Battery changes may also be in the offing to support longer bursts of balls-out driving. Let’s hope that’s the last time your author uses ‘burst’ and ‘balls’ in the same sentence.

We’ll keep our ears to the ground for news about the forthcoming Taycan refresh.

[Image: Porsche]

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Matthew Guy
Matthew Guy

Matthew buys, sells, fixes, & races cars. As a human index of auto & auction knowledge, he is fond of making money and offering loud opinions.

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  • Akear Akear on Jan 03, 2024

    Tesla sells nearly ten times as many EVs than Porsche. Does this even matter?

    • Jrhurren Jrhurren on Jan 03, 2024

      Sold, not sells. Future sales are what they are after.

  • Dr Mindbender Dr Mindbender on Jan 24, 2024

    Getting beaten by a Porsche is not humiliating. It's just the natural order of the universe. Elon has been trying to build an electric Porsche ever since he sold his 911.

  • VoGhost Fantastic work by Honda design. When I first saw the pictures, I thought "Is that a second gen Acura NSX?"
  • V16 2025 VW GLI...or 2025 Honda Civic SI? Same target audience, similar price points. Both are rays of sun in the gray world of SUV'S.
  • FreedMike Said this before and I'll say it again: I'm not that exercised about this whole "pay for a subscription" thing, as long as the deal's reasonable. And here's how you make it reasonable: offer it a monthly charge. Let's say that adaptive headlights are a $500 option on this vehicle, and the subscription is $15 a month, or $540 over a three year lease. So you try the feature for a month, and if you like it, you keep it; if you don't, then you discontinue it, like a Netflix subscription. In any case, you didn't get charged $500 up front the feature. That's not a bad deal.In my case, let's say VW offers an over the air chip reflash that gives me another 25 hp. The total price of the upgrade is $1,000 (which is what a reflash would cost you in the aftermarket). If they offered me a one time monthly subscription for $50 to try it out, I'd take it. In other words, maybe the news isn't all bad.
  • 2ACL A good car, but - at least in this configuration -not one that should command a premium. Its qualities just aren't as enduring as those of Honda's contemporary sports cars. For better or worse, this is a formula they remain able to replicate.
  • Jalop1991 I just read that Tesla's profits are WAY down "as the electric vehicle company has faced both more EV competition from established automakers and a slowing of overall EV sales growth." This Cadillac wouldn't help Tesla at all, but the slowing market of EV sales overall means this should be a halo/boutique car. Regardless, yes, they should make it.