Porsche launches entry-level Taycan spec in China
Porsche used to ship its Taycan EV with dual engines and AWD regardless of the trim level, but today, a single-motor/RWD spec goes on sale in China priced below the rest.
The new Taycan comes equipped with a single 408-PS (300-kW) electric motor and a Performance battery rated at 79.2 kilowatt-hours. In this spec, the NEDC-rated driving range amounts to 414 km (257 miles). Alternatively, you could pay extra to get the larger Performance Plus battery of the Turbo / Turbo S instead. Rated at 93.4 kilowatt-hours, it yields 489 km (304 miles) of NEDC range. It also bumps the engine power up to 476 PS (350 kW).
The 350kW sports car needs 5.4 seconds to get to 100 km/h (0-62 mph) and maxes out at 230 km/h (143 mph). To put things into perspective, the next superior spec – the Taycan 4S – can be launched in four seconds flat and hits 250 km/h (155 mph).
Other than the differences mentioned above, the new Taycan is identical to its dual-motor sibling. This includes the rear differential gear with the electronic lock and the adaptive air-ride suspension with active shocks.
Because of the missing front axle motor, the frunk size grows from its usual 447 liters (15.8 cubic feet) to 491l (17.34 cu. ft.).
The new specification starts from just 888,000 Chinese Yuan, which roughly corresponds to U.S. $125,000. The 4S costs 1,148,000 CNY, the Turbo 1,498,000 CNY and the Turbo S 1,798,000 CNY. On its domestic market of Germany, the 4S spec starts from €105,000.
Editor Andrew Raspopov