Now that Porsche’s Taycan is clearly the mid-size luxury E-segment’s most successful electric model, it’s time to celebrate with a fabulous looking special edition. And while the stylish EV could reasonably be tooting its own horn about its solid worldwide defeat over Tesla’s Model S last year and every month since, instead the Stuttgart-based brand chose to pay respect to the 90th birthday of a racetrack that’s been very good to the red, gold and black crested sports car company, Germany's Hockenheimring.
The Hockenheimring, where F1 legend Michael Schumacher holds four Formula 1 victories, is one of three tracks having been used for the pinnacle series of motorsport. It’s also considered the second-most famous of Germany’s top race courses, behind the famed Nürburgring. Of course, the Hockenheimring has been home to many more racing series than just F1, including Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (DTM), a.k.a. the German Touring Car championship, World RX (rallycross), EuroNASCAR, and the World Endurance (Sportscar) Championship, in which Porsche has taken many class victories and championships.
The first thing many will notice about the new 2022 Taycan GTS Hockenheimring Edition is its eye-catching Stone Grey hue, which seems to have a fair bit of beige mixed into the colour batch for a very stylish look from nose to tail. This is one of Porsche’s “Heritage” colours, available via automaker’s Paint to Sample program, while the finely detailed 21-inch twinned five-spoke alloy wheels, dubbed Mission E Design, pay respect to the prototype that initially gave the Taycan its legs.
Interestingly, the spokes on those wheels are finished in a beautiful Bronzite colour, while the rims themselves match the Stone Grey bodywork. Additional Bronzite highlights found on the Hockenheimring Edition include the side skirts, the rear diffuser, and the Taycan badging.
Porsche has taken a more modest approach inside, where black leather is offset by Island Green stitching and attractive Paldao hardwood inlays, while yet more Bronzite accents are applied where satin-silver might otherwise be, including trim on the steering wheel, shift lever and surround, air vent slats, and the cupholder rims.
What’s more, the leather-wrapped steering wheel boasts an Island Green leather centre marking on top, while the plush carpeted floor mats feature more Island Green detailing. Further setting this unique Taycan apart, Porsche embossed the Hockenheimring track map into the leather centre armrest, along with a special one-off logo. This logo and track outline is also featured on the key fob, plus the illuminated door sills, the door-side projector LEDs that light up the road below, and lastly onto a special set of badges fixed to the exterior B pillars.
While all of this is good news for those wanting a very unique new Taycan, sadly this beautiful electrified rocket will only be available in Europe. On the positive, Porsche Centre Vancouver has two very clean, low-mileage pre-owned Taycan 4S coupes in stock, one in Carrara White and the other in Carmine Red.
Likewise, you can order a new Taycan sedan or Taycan Cross Turismo in all available trim lines from Porsche Centre Vancouver. The Taycan GTS sedan used for the Hockenheimring Edition is good for 590 horsepower and 626 pound-feet of torque, making it capable of sprinting from standstill to 100 km/h in just 3.7 seconds when in overboost mode using launch control. Additionally, it has a limited top speed 250 km/h, while GTS trim provides the longest WLTP-estimated driving range between charges of any other Taycan trim line, at 504 km.
To find out more, check out the inventory section here on the Porsche Centre Vancouver website, or simply give us a call at (604) 736-7911. You’re always welcome to visit us in person too. Just drop by our showroom at 688 Terminal Ave, Vancouver, and we’ll be happy to show you what’s in store.
Story credits: Trevor Hofmann
Photo credits: Porsche