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Porsche's Turbo title for electric vehicles is stupid. What should they use instead?

Porsche's Turbo title for electric vehicles is stupid.  What should they use instead?

Coming up with a great name for Porsche's performance-focused electric cars seems to be no easy task

    Porsche's Turbo title for electric vehicles is stupid.  What should they use instead?

The new flagship Porsche Taycan has arrived, and it boasts impressive stats on paper. With nearly 1,100 horsepower under the hood – a ridiculous number by any standard – it has already held several records on the race track. However, it still has the somewhat confusing 'Turbo' moniker, despite being an electric car devoid of any turbochargers. Today, we're ditching the Turbo nomenclature and looking for something that actually makes sense.

This isn't the first rodeo with confusing car names. Many automakers use naming conventions that defy logic. Take the Toyota Tacoma SR5, for example. The SR5 allegedly stands for 'Sport Rally 5-Speed', which is a complete misnomer since it embodies neither sportiness nor rally heritage. Then there's the RS badge, which once stood for “Rally Sport,” yet you won't find any rally or sporty traits in your Chevy Equinox any time soon.

Porsche takes the cake for using a mechanical combustion engine power adder as the main naming convention for an electric car. In fact, it has been rebuked ever since the decision to name the cutting-edge car the Taycan the Turbo. What hasn't become clear is exactly what to call this cutting-edge electric car.

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Porsche has a rich repertoire of names and symbols that can refer to performance without directly referring to components associated with combustion engines. Take the RS (derived from RennSport), for example; It's a convenient option, even though it's already in use. In my opinion, Porsche might consider labeling its luxury EV as Gruppe B. Yes, it's reminiscent of the defunct Group B rally class, but it embodies so much more.

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The 1983 Porsche Gruppe B prototype led directly to the 959. In a way, the 959 was a massive departure from the norm for the brand in the same way the Taycan was.

Moreover, Gruppe B represented a huge technological tour de force for Porsche, just like the Taycan. Finally, a return to one of, if not the most daring and daring rally series of all time, is unmissable.

what do you think? Have we hit the nail on the head or should Porsche use a different name or number series to refer to the performance of its electric cars? Let us know in the comments below and be sure to vote on your favorites!

    Porsche's Turbo title for electric vehicles is stupid.  What should they use instead?