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Vellum Venom: 2020 Porsche Taycan Turbo S

Tesla undoubtedly made electrified vehicles a performance/luxury status symbol and a statement of environmental consciousness. This new take on snob appeal in the face of a progressive, electrified future mirrors the forgotten history of the Ford Model K. That massive, six-cylinder touring car sold well enough to keep FoMoCo afloat (i.e. contributing the lion’s share of profits) while Henry’s boffins were knee-deep in mass-market Model T machinations. So let’s embrace next Model K generation of electrified luxury superiority: the Porsche Taycan Turbo S, with an as-tested price of $205,000.


The Taycan has miles of presence, thanks to decades of design DNA stemming from the stillborn Porsche 989 prototype. Let’s examine the new Emperor’s clothes with a run over the vellum.


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Intermediate Driver

meh ...

Intermediate Driver

Definitely some questionable details. Most of all the lower front fender / rocker area. If only that photo was given there's no chance I would have thought that was on a $100+ car. Truly, as you mentioned, it shows that someone could build  car that looks like this for a much more affordable price.


Thanks as always for taking the time to put this together. VV always shocks me how intensely interesting tiny details you spot can be.

Community Manager

You bring up a good point about the Porsche premium not making sense at times...or perhaps maybe many times.  Honestly if they just had more carbon fiber and less plastic in the valences to make it look richer.  I am sure you need the black plastic bottoms to protect the carbon fiber on a vehicle that is gonna be a grocery getter/commuter to most folks. But seriously, make it look nicer if you're gonna do it.