The founder of Rimac recently got to test drive a Porsche Taycan prototype.
Of all the new electric cars debuting this year, the Porsche Taycan is one of the most anticipated. Demand for Porsche's first-ever electric vehicle is so strong that it has the potential to outsell the 911 in its first year. Porsche recently confirmed it has received nearly 30,000 deposits, even though the production model hasn't been revealed yet. Unsurprisingly, the Taycan has attracted the attention of other established electric car manufacturers.
Mate Rimac, founder of the electric hypercar maker Rimac Automobili, was recently given the chance to test drive a prototype of the Porsche Taycan around Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen and gave the electric sedan his seal of approval on Rimac's Linkedin page. "Porsche has done a very good job. I would definitely consider the Taycan as a private car," he said. That's very high praise from one of the most influential people in the electric car industry right now.
Having said that, Rimac's comments aren't entirely objective. Last year, Porsche bought a 10-percent stake in Rimac and the two companies are hoping to work in close collaboration focusing on high-battery technology and electric powertrains.
In a photo posted on Rimac's Linkedin page, Mate Rimac can be seen posing in front of a lightly camouflaged Porsche Taycan. We won't have to wait too long for the camo to come off, however, as the production Porsche Taycan will debut next month at the 2019 Frankfurt Auto Show.
Thanks to a recent report by Car Magazine, we now know the base model Taycan pack an 80-kWh battery and a choice of 322-hp or 376-hp electric motors sending power to the rear wheels. A larger 96 kWh battery pack will be offered in the mid-range Taycan rumored to be called the Carrera 4S, which will be available with 429 hp or 483 hp and all-wheel drive as standard.
The range-topping Turbo model, on the other hand, will deliver 320 miles of range and increase the output to 592 horsepower, allowing the Taycan to accelerate from 0-62 mph in less than 3.5 seconds and 0-124 mph in less than 12 seconds. Pricing for the base model is expected to start at around $90,000, while the range-topping Turbo will set you back $149,000.