Porsche reveals new 'entry-level' (rear-wheel-drive) Taycan variant…


This variant differentiates itself through its rear-wheel-drive layout - removing the front power unit takes approximately 200 pounds of weight from the front of the auto.

The MSRP for the new 2021 Taycan is $79,900, not including the $1,350 delivery, processing and handling fee. EPA estimated range will be available before model launch. It will arrive soon, in early spring. First and foremost, the model has a single electric motor that powers the rear wheels and produces up to 402 hp (300 kW / 408 PS) and 254 lb-ft (344 Nm) torque.

Getting into the Taycan just got a lot easier with the new base model, priced from $173,900.

Customers can also opt for the Performance Plus Battery.

If you want a bit more oomph, you can upgrade to the "Performance Plus" battery, which boosts capacity to 93.4kWh. The batteries can be charged from five to 80 per cent in 22 minutes and that power for a further 100 kilometres is achieved after only five minutes.

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For reference, the Taycan 4S, using the same battery, accelerates to 100km/h from rest in 4.0 seconds, but its range is hampered by a 98kg weight penalty. The quarter-mile happens in 13.7 seconds with the smaller battery, or 13.5 seconds with the larger one. This setup is similar to the Taycan 4S, but the color of the wheels and the calipers differ. The Taycan will feature black calipers and alloy wheels painted in brilliant silver as standard, while the 4S is equipped with red calipers and polished alloy wheels with high gloss black spokes.

Porsche has revealed the new entry point to the Taycan range, simply called Taycan with no suffix. The regenerative braking is the same.

The auto officially goes by the name of "Porsche Taycan". For maximum flexibility, the suspension setting can be controlled independently via the touch screen or dash button or together with powertrain calibration via the touch screen or optional steering wheel mounted mode dial. That's a thousand more than the Tesla Model S Performance asks ($172,990) and while the Tesla will blow this Taycan out of the water in terms of straight-line performance, the Porsche will likely be the better vehicle to drive hard in most other situations.

When battery is low, drivers will be thankful for the Taycan's quick charging technology.

Porsche announced the availability of a base rear-wheel-drive version of the Taycan electric auto for the USA on Tuesday. The infotainment features available on all the other Taycans are standard here, as are over-the-air updates and three years of Electrify America charging privileges. And of course there are loads of options and colors to choose from.

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