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Is Ford Considering Building A Porsche Taycan Rival?

Recently, Ford CEO Jim Farley stated that the automaker is not interested in producing niche, expensive EVs with price tags over $100k, and instead plans to focus on building more affordable and accessible electric vehicles. Now, however, we’ve spied a Porsche Taycan Turbo S driving around Ford’s vehicle development center in Dearborn, Michigan, before going into it.

One might think that perhaps this Porsche Taycan simply belongs to a Ford employee, but we can tell from these photos that it is actually a vehicle being benchmarked by The Blue Oval. For starters, the car is wearing a manufacturer’s plate, and it has the tell-tale yellow sticker at the top of the windshield, which has a Ford development vehicle inventory bar code printed on it. Additionally, we followed the car to Ford’s facilities, after which it headed to the test track.

The Porsche Taycan is a very high-end EV product, one that carries a base price of $79,990 for the brand new bare-bones model, but that climbs to an astounding $185,000 for the Turbo S. However, the performance of the Turbo S is equally breath-taking, as the car will go from 0-60 miles-per-hour in just 2.6 seconds, thanks to its 750 horsepower peak output.

Currently, the only all-electric product in FoMoCo’s portfolio is the Ford Mustang Mach-E, though it will soon be joined by the Ford F-150 electric, Ford E-Transit, a future model built on Volkswagen’s MEB platform (for Europe only), and five new EVs that will be produced at the Ford Oakville Assembly Plant.

Ford is obviously working on a major BEV offensive, but could/should that also include a high-performance luxury sedan like the Porsche Taycan, perhaps even one bearing the Lincoln name? Let us know in the poll below!

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Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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Comments

  1. robert

    I hope that the connection hopefully it will be capable to received a 350kw/h
    so we will be able to charge faster

    thank you

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    1. Mustanggod

      Shut up I hate people like you..”I hope they have 350..”shut the hell up..if you was smart you would of went a lot further in life dummy

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      1. royly

        “””””If you was smart you went a lot further in life dummy””””” What the hell is this? This is the ramblings of an uneducated drunk, or maybe crack pipe smoker (could be both). Suggestion: If you are going to comment on a person’s intelligence, at least do so with a basic understanding of English-or get help from a 10 year old.

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    2. MGND84

      Mustanggod is sad, pathetic & angry… Article was a bit light on specifics and too much speculation.

      Reply
  2. Hendrik Joseph Haan

    Are you interested in hiring someone who can actually construct a sentence in English? Or perhaps hire a proof reader? Start with Brett’s first sentence. I work cheap!

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    1. Brett Foote

      Oh wow, one misspelled word. Congrats on finding it and pointing it out in a condescending manner.

      Reply
  3. Raymond Ramirez

    All car manufacturers buy competition models for testing and engineering evaluation. Some even tear them apart for reverse engineering. GM Authority had an article about this.

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  4. Tom

    Doesn’t really matter to me what Ford goes until they again offer ICE powered sedans. EV’s, pickup trucks and SUV’s are not in my future.

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    1. Raymond Ramirez

      Well, keep your ICEVS running until you are gone. Your last ride will be in an EV hearst!

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      1. Mike

        I doubt it, not unless they build a lot more electric power plants

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  5. Tom

    A hearse would be a good application for EV technology. They rarely go more than one or two short trips per day, their trips are slow processions and they’re kept in heated garages at night where they can be recharged and pampered. ICE’s operate in the real world.

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  6. Mike

    Probably benchmarking another bastardized Mustang.

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  7. Anthony Stamson

    Its well known that Ford used the Taycan as a benchmark when developing the Mach E. So this is not new nor does it necessarily mean they are working on a more direct competitor. I would think after the Mach E and Electric F150 are launched they will be looking at a small electric SUV. Something to replace the Escape eventually. If they can get the price under $30k that is going to be the volume market.

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  8. Raymond Ramirez

    Power utilities has plenty of excess capacity at night which is when most EVS are charging. Some will give you a lower rate if you do that. Just ask and see for yourself that no new plants are needed.

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  9. royly

    I wonder, if Ford builds an “electric mustang/porche ripoff” will it be built in Mexico as their emustang and bronco sport (et al) are built??? I believe I know the answer, but, if ford and others really wanted to take care of both energy supply and emissions, the Natural Gas fueled vehicles would be plentiful. We (USA) have Proven reserves, at todays rate of consumption, of over 98 years. We have so much in fact, there is little to no new exploration, it is reasonable to assume we have much more than the 98 years worth. NG runs Clean and Strong. Maybe ford could offer so real V8s once again!!

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  10. royly

    Facts: 19% of all electric in the US is generated from burning Coal
    Fact: 19.7% of all electric in the US is generated by Nuclear
    Fact 41% of all electric in the US is generated by burning NATURAL GAS
    I know a great way to make cars more expensive and make “special” friends of our politicos rich, not to mention, making our woke people feel real good about themselves. Make all electric cars mandatory! Now, sure, a lot of burning is taking place, coal/NG/Nuclear, but the woke folk don’ take this into consideration!! if we need more power for all these electric cars and golf carts-BURN more coal!!! Yes indeed, utilities HAVE (not has) excess capacity, but if every vehicle in the US were to be an electric by next year…..we’d need to burn more, a lot more, facts are facts.

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  11. royly

    We should start stocking up on coal/NG nuclear fuel, as the need for much more electric will be coming, as as about 80% of our electric comes from these three sources, we need to stock pile now!

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