Porsche's electric Taycan outsells 911 in record 2021

Published: 12 January 2022

► Electric Taycan outsells 911 in 2021
► Macan and Cayenne outsell everything
► Record year for Porsche deliveries

Porsche’s pure electric Taycan outsold the 911 sports car in 2021, as the German brand posted the greatest sales in its history.

The company delivered 41,296 Taycans worldwide, compared with 38,464 deliveries of the 59-year-old icon. The Taycan didn’t outsell the 911 because it had a bad year – that 911 total was a new high for the nameplate – but it appears more customers wanted the electric sports car.

The Taycan benefited from entry-level rear-wheel drive versions going on sale, and the first full year of the Cross Turismo bodystyle, whereas the 911 is nearing the end of the first 992 wave (pre-facelift). But is this a sliding doors moment regardless? 

Porsche 911 GT3 with Touring Pack

It certainly looks that way. The Taycan is bringing new customers to the Porsche brand, as Porsche CEO Oliver Blume told us in 2020. ‘They are first movers, very interested in sustainability, innovation and digitalisation,’ says Blume. They are also younger than Porsche’s traditional customer base.

It’ll be fascinating to see if the Taycan continues its lead over the 911 in 2022, or whether it dips back as fresh rivals from Tesla, Mercedes, Lotus and BMW sway tech-loving EV adopters.   

Macan the top seller – and going EV

Taycan sales will give Porsche (and its VW group overlords) great reassurance as it embarks on the electrification of its portfolio. The company will become almost entirely electric this decade, with this year’s new Macan the next zero emissions model. It’ll be sold alongside the existing combustion engine model during a transition period. The Macan, with 88,362 sales, remained Porsche’s top seller in 2021.

Porsche's top seller in 2021, the Macan

Porsche’s record deliveries totalled 301,915 units, up 11 per cent on 2020 (itself another record, at the risk of sounding like a stuck record). And that’s with some impact from the semi-conductor shortage and Covid-19 disruption, says Detlev von Platen, the company’s sales chief.

Nearly 96,000 sales in China ensured Asia Pacific was the biggest region, followed by Europe which just edged out the Americas. Of Europe’s 86,160 units, some 40 per cent were plug-in vehicles. ‘The overall result is very promising and shows the strategy to further electrify our fleet is working and in line with demand and the preferences of our customers,’ said von Platen.

Here’s the Porsche 2021 deliveries table in full: 

  1. Macan                         88,362
  2. Cayenne                       83,071
  3. Taycan                          41,296
  4. 911                               38,464
  5. Panamera                    30,220
  6. 718 Boxster/Cayman   20,502

By Phil McNamara

Editor-in-chief of CAR magazine