The new budget-friendly Taycan is rear-wheel driven but gets the same power unit as the Taycan 4S. At the moment, it's only available in China, but it's expected to go on sale in global markets soon.
Say hello to another new Porsche Taycan. This one, however, is the new base variant of Porsche’s first-ever EV and, at the moment, is only available in China. The good news is, apart from being relatively affordable than the rest of the range, this one has rear-wheel drive – we’re guessing Porsche purists may find some comfort in that, finally.
The Taycan RWD will be offered in two versions just like the Taycan 4S – which is still the entry-level model of the car outside China. On offer here is the same single-deck 79.2 kWh Performance battery, albeit it’s paired to a single motor that powers the rear axle. The motor produces the same 402bhp. The other option is the two-deck 93.4kWh Performance Plus battery pack, which is good for 469bhp. In this spec, the Taycan RWD can clock 0 – 100km/h in 5.4 seconds and will have a top speed of 230km/h. That’s a bit slower than the Taycan 4S, which does the 0 – 100km/h sprint in 4 seconds and has a top speed of 250km/h.
The range of the base model with the smaller battery pack is 414km, while the bigger pack will increase it to 489km. Apart from the RWD layout, the base Taycan gets more or less all the goodies from the Taycan 4S. This includes an 800-volt architecture, brake regeneration, Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM), a two-speed transmission, and more. However, it comes standard with steel springs as opposed to the air-suspension that’s offered as standard in Taycan 4S, Turbo, and Turbo S. However, you can ask Porsche to spec your 'base' model with air springs, as it's available as an optional extra.
In China, the base Taycan RWD is priced at 888,000 yuan (Rs 95 lakh). This makes it considerably more affordable than the Taycan 4S, which carries a price tag of 1,148,000 yuan (Rs 1.22 crore).