The new rear-wheel drive entry-level Porsche Taycan model will still cost you $100,000, before you get lost in the options list…
Since Porsche’s already abused the Turbo badge shoving it forcefully where it doesn’t belong, we expected some more marketing savvy with the latest car from Zuffenhausen.
Instead, we merely get the new Porsche Taycan.
Yes, you’ve heard of the Taycan by now, but this is the Porsche Taycan, not the Taycan Turbo, or Turbo S, or 4S. Just a simple Taycan, for a simple rear-wheel drive electric car… That weighs 2.5 tonnes and is more complicated than an antiquated car journalist could ever hope to understand. But when you press the pedal on the right you’re immediately not where you were, so that relates.
As the new entry-level model in the range, the Porsche Taycan kicks off from a neat $100,000. That’s not exactly cheap but it doesn’t have to be – last year Porsche delivered precisely 20,015 Taycans, and not many more 718 models than that. In weird markets like Norway, Porsche sales doubled with Taycans accounting for 70 percent of the whole take. And don’t forget 2020 wasn’t even full year of sales, since the launch was delayed because of you-know-what with the factory closed for a month and a half. Now they’re off to a flying start.
Speaking of which, this base Taycan will do zero to 100km/h in 5.4 seconds, topping out at 230km/h. It drives only the real wheels and you can choose from two battery sizes with up to 476 horsepower available.
To visually differentiate the Taycan from the others, it comes with 19-inch wheels and black anodised brake callipers, but the rest of it is already familiar. The brake discs are 360mm up front and 358mm at the rear, and 410mm high performance brakes are available. The one thing unique about it is that in the Taycan, Porsche is offering a completely leather-free equipment variant for the first time. It’s ready to order with cars starting to arrive at dealerships from next month.