With hindsight, nobody would have chosen September 2019 as the time to commence production of a very expensive, very complex electric car. Given, y’know, the minor inconveniences of a global pandemic and huge supply chain issues that have engulfed the industry since. But seemingly it’ll take more than a (hopefully) once-in-a-generation health crisis to hold back Porsche, as this week it’s made the 100,000th Taycan.
Even in normal times (remember those?), that would be a significant achievement for a car that kicks off at £75k in the UK. But for an electric Porsche - bringing together a badge with stacks of combustion history and fairly new tech with some infrastructure issues - it seems a really big deal. Any reservations that there may have been about Porsche taking on an electric car have been cast aside by the popularity. “We are very pleased to have reached this milestone in production history so quickly – despite the recent challenges posed by the semiconductor shortage and the volatile Covid situation,” says Kevin Giek, the Taycan model line VP.
The milestone car, a Neptune Blue Turbo S, is actually heading here, having been completed on Monday. Behind the US and China, the UK is the Taycan’s third biggest market. To mark the occasion, Porsche has tracked down a few Taycan owners that have passed 100,000 of their own - kilometres driven, that is. One French owner, Jean-Hubert Revolon, has already accrued 188,000km (or 116,000 miles) since just August 2020, which is some going. Are there any UK owners that are close?
With so many already having been sold, there are plenty of secondhand Taycans around for buyers unwilling to wait. And, well, it’d be rude not to look on such a special occasion. Don’t expect any bargains - the way the world is means the cheapest on PH is £85k - but there are undoubtedly some interesting cars out there. A Mamba Green Turbo S is certainly one way to make an entrance (and exit, presumably, with 760hp) - this 2020 car with 16,000 miles is £135k. Similarly, nobody is going to miss you in a Guards Red Turbo with colour-matched Mission E wheels and light leather, like a yuppie’s 930 Turbo for the 2020s.
That’s really just the start, too, with almost 150 of those 100,000 Taycans for sale on PH. It would be remiss not to mention a car specced with the Frozenberry paint; kudos to the original owner of this Turbo Cross Turismo for being so ambitious. It’s certainly a distinctive look with the allroad-style add-ons; with 5,000 miles under its 20-inch wheels, the price is £120k. Taycans certainly don’t come cheap.
Best finish with a flourish, then. This Turbo S Cross Turismo is Mamba Green (yes, again, we couldn’t resist) and comes with everything from carbon aeroblade wheels to acoustically insulated laminated privacy glass. It’s probably all the EV you’re ever going to need, but then that’s probably to be expected for £175k. Finally, take a look at this - a Taycan GTS (arguably the best one there is) in what looks like Paint to Sample Oak Green. Get those 21-inch RS Spyder wheels painted silver and you’re onto a winner…
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