The first electric Porsche gets a new entry-level version. In China, a basic model is to come onto the market that is significantly cheaper.
Up to now, the Taycan has been a model for Porsche to break records. As the Turbo S, the electric sports car accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in just 2.8 seconds. However, the German high technology has its price: As a Turbo S with 761 hp and all-wheel drive, the electric athlete can quickly cost more than 185,000 euros. In China it is sold for around 226,000 euros.
Porsche, on the other hand, is now planning a new entry-level version that will be about half as expensive as the top model. The Taycan is slimmed down considerably. Instead of all-wheel drive, the China-Taycan is to be equipped with a rear-wheel drive and with a maximum of 350 kW also bring less force to the road.
For the first few meters, the Taycan is therefore somewhat slower than the other models in the series and accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.4 seconds. The top speed is limited to 230 km/h, which should play a subordinate role in a country like China, where there is a general speed limit.
The basic Taycan, which is sold in China, will initially be sold with a battery with a capacity of 79.2 kWh, then the rear motor will only produce 300 kW. Officially, the range of the entry-level Taycan is 414 kilometers (NEDC). With a larger battery of 93.4 kWh, which should be available at an additional charge, the range even increases to 489 kilometers (NEDC) – no other Taycan has come this far.
Porsche has also upgraded the new entry-level model in terms of equipment. The Taycan is supplied with 19-inch rims as standard, air suspension is only available as an option. The cheapest Taycan variant in Germany remains for the time being the Porsche Taycan 4S, which is available from 105,000 euros.