When it comes to EV performance, Porsche might be holding out on us.
The Porsche Taycan, as impressive as it is, does not represent the full extent of what the German sportscar manufacturer is currently able to accomplish. At least, that's according to Top Gear's Chris Harris, who drove the Taycan for a recent segment and got to talking to one of Porsche's engineers. This unnamed engineer, Harris says, revealed that Porsche's electric powertrain tech is more advanced than what made its way to the Taycan.
And really, that makes a certain amount of sense; the Porsche Taycan is the German marque's first series production battery-electric vehicle, so it might behoove Porsche to prove it can build a viable EV business before loading its best, most expensive technology into a product.
Moreover, the Porsche Taycan is a four-door sedan, so it would make sense for Porsche to retain its most advanced performance technologies for something a bit more exotic, maybe with two fewer doors.
All of this raises the question: if the Porsche Taycan isn't the peak of what the German sportscar marque can accomplish with electric propulsion, what is? Perhaps it's something like what Croatian company Rimac Automobili is cooking up with the C_Two electric hypercar, which is slated to start deliveries this year. Porsche owns a sizable stake in Rimac, the two having struck up a development partnership in 2018 as Porsche's parent Volkswagen pursues a more electrification-heavy strategy.
The Rimac C_Two features a quad-motor electric powertrain with a total peak output of 1,914 horsepower. The sprint from 0 to 60 mph takes less than 2 seconds, and the top speed is reportedly nearly 260 mph. Just 150 examples are planned for production.
It's tantalizing to think that the successor to cars like the Carrera GT and 918 Hybrid might be a pure-electric monster with nearly 2,000 horsepower on tap, but of course, we don't know that to be the case. Regardless, with regard to Porsche's electric vehicle capabilities, the best is yet to come.