In case you wondered why a Taycan costs so much, here's your answer.
As its first all-electric vehicle, Porsche hit a home run with the Taycan. It looks great, is astonishingly quick, handles like a Porsche should, and even sounds like a 911. To get more insight into how the Taycan ends up in the showroom, WELT Documentary on YouTube shared a fascinating documentary of how Porsche's EV is built at its plant in Zuffenhausen.
At just over 45 minutes long, the in-depth video is worth watching in full for its amazing detail into the production process, but there are a few highlights that we've picked out if you simply don't have that kind of time on your hands.
An entirely separate "factory within a factory" was built uniquely for the Taycan's construction. It's an impressive looking operation spanning across three floors and requires both autonomous transport systems and 300 employees. The documentary focuses on the most powerful Porsche Taycan Turbo S, which generates an incredible 760 horsepower on the road and will hit 62 mph in under three seconds.
In the video, we're given access to some of the reasons that the Taycan is such an accomplished sports car, such as the 1,500 hours of testing in a wind tunnel. The use of machines is captivating, as there often appear to be more of them milling about than humans. They handle the fitment of larger components such as the dashboard and the panoramic roof.
An advanced computing interface provides employees with specific information on how each vehicle in the factory must be assembled, such as the functions that should be fitted to a certain steering wheel or a customer's choice of upholstery. Throughout most of the process, the doors are assembled elsewhere to allow employees easy access to the cabin, before they're gently lowered down by even more machines to waiting employees below.
Later, the complete Taycan goes through an intensive quality-checking process where every single detail of the sports car is carefully scrutinized to make sure it lives up to Porsche's supremely high standards. Perhaps it's little wonder that one of the most advanced sports cars in the world is assembled in a facility that looks like it's from the future.