2025 Porsche Taycan, Vision Gran Turismo Concept Star in Toronto

Porsche came to the 2024 Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto to host the North American premiere of the 2025 Taycan that recently made its global debut and that The Car Guide got to experience behind the wheel of a pre-production prototype.

The German electric sports sedan benefits from a particularly extensive update, starting with new front- and rear-end styling that includes new headlights with high-resolution HD matrix technology. The Porsche logo in the rear light strip features a three-dimensional, glass-look design. It is available for the first time in an illuminated version with greeting animations when entering and exiting the vehicle. 

The interior features an optimized user interface with additional functions. Apple CarPlay has been more deeply integrated into the vehicle displays and functions, while a new In-Car Video function enables video streaming on the centre display and the passenger display when parked. The mode switch on the steering wheel now comes as standard and, for Taycan models equipped with the Sport Chrono package and the Performance Battery Plus, there is a special push-to-pass button allowing lightning-quick bursts. As you can imagine, it’s a real treat.

Photo: Julien Amado

Incidentally, all models boast even better acceleration now. The 2025 Taycan Turbo S, in particular, is the most powerful and quickest Porsche ever. With its 938 hp, it sprints from 0-100 km/h in a mere 2.4 seconds, an improvement of four tenths of a second. Credit goes to the additional 140 kW with Launch Control.

The updated Taycan comes with adaptive air suspension as standard, while the new Porsche Active Ride suspension can be ordered as an option, offering an unprecedented combination of ride comfort and driving dynamics. As for charging, the battery can be charged at up to 320 kW, which is 50 kW more than before. In fact, high charging capacities of more than 300 kW can even be sustained for up to five minutes. Depending on the individual driving profile, this can cut the time required to go from 10-80 percent by half compared to the outgoing Taycan, Porsche says.

Deliveries in Canada will start this summer. Pricing is set at $135,600 for the base Taycan 4S, $196,800 for the Taycan Turbo and $236,100 for the Taycan Turbo S. Don’t forget the luxury tax.

Photo: Julien Amado

Porsche Vision Gran Turismo

Remember the Vision Gran Turismo race car concept unveiled in December 2021, just a few months before the release of Gran Turismo 7? Well, it doesn’t merely exist in the virtual world: this spectacular vehicle is real, too, and it just happens to be on display at the CIAS in Toronto.

The Vision Gran Turismo is the fruit of a collaboration between Porsche and the Japanese video game development studio Polyphony Digital, representing the German automaker’s first concept study created specifically for use in a computer game. Built around a state-of-the-art carbon monocoque chassis, the cabin is enclosed by a glass dome inside which is a curved hologram display that appears to float above the steering wheel, the latter inspired by the 919 Hybrid.

Photo: Julien Amado

Fully electric and supremely potent, the Porsche Vision Gran Turismo is motivated by dual motors that combine to produce 1,098 horsepower and more than 800 lb-ft of torque. Now, excuse us, we have some gaming to do.

Also on Display at CIAS

In Toronto, Porsche also celebrated the North American premiere of the third-generation 2024 Panamera, which is more digital, more luxurious and more efficient than ever. Click on the link to learn more about it.

The Porsche booth even features a specially commissioned 911 GT3 RS that commemorates the opening of Porsche Experience Centre Toronto, as well as the very same 911 that recently set the record for driving to the highest altitude by a car by reaching the summit of the west ridge of the Ojos del Salado volcano in Chile. You can check them out in the photo gallery at the top of the page.

Watch: First Look at 2025 Porsche Taycan

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