According to Porsche CEO Oliver Blume, no one will be talking about Tesla after the electric Porsche Taycan arrives in September.
Promising 911 levels of dynamics and up to 600bhp of electric power, the Taycan promises to eclipse anything Tesla has done to date, and with prices starting at, probably, around £70k (admittedly for the lower power versions) it looks to be a hugely appealing electric supercar. And Porsche boss Oliver Blume certainly thinks so.
Talking to Handelsblatt, Blume was asked if he thought anyone would still be talking about Tesla when the Taycan launches. He said:
To be honest, we did not think so.
I have absolute respect for the courage of Elon Musk and also for his innovation and pioneering spirit. I like that. Pioneering spirit is a characteristic that also shapes us at Porsche. However, Tesla has taken a different approach in many places. When we set up a new Porsche, we always set the standard for ourselves: the Taycan has to drive like the 911.
Blume went on to say that he’d driven the Taycan on track in Italy and was still excited by how it drove, with its low centre of gravity (lower than a 911) and chassis delivering exceptional driving dynamics, and a gearbox which delivers even more thrust when you get north of 100mph.
We already know more than 20,000 reservations have been received by Porsche for the Taycan, and although Blume wouldn’t give a current figure he did say annual production will now exceed 20,000, although only 10,000 in the first year.