UNVEILED: Porsche's new, rear-wheel drive Taycan
Porsche’s new entry-level EV is announced
The wraps are off the fourth variant of Porsche’s first all-electric sports saloon. The new model, known simply as the Taycan, lines up alongside the Turbo S, Turbo and 4S and is the first to feature rear-wheel drive.
The entry-level Taycan will be offered with the same choice of batteries available to its higher performance siblings, with the standard single-deck Performance Battery delivering up to 300 kW (408 PS; Taycan with Performance Battery: Fuel consumption combined 0 l/100 km, CO2 emissions combined 0 g/km, Electricity consumption combined 28.0 kwh/100 km) in overboost mode with Launch Control; increasing to 350 kW (476 PS; Taycan with Performance Battery Plus: Fuel consumption combined 0 l/100 km, CO2 emissions combined 0 g/km, Electricity consumption combined 28.7 kwh/100 km) with the optional Performance Battery Plus. Range, in accordance with WLTP, is up to 431 or up to 484 kilometres respectively.
The Taycan accelerates from a standing start to 100 km/h in 5.4 seconds, whichever battery is specified, and its top speed is 230 km/h in either configuration. Maximum charging capacity is up to 225 kW (Performance Battery) and 270 kW (Performance Battery Plus), ensuring both can be charged from five to 80 per cent SoC in 22.5 minutes and that power for a further 100 kilometres is achieved after only five minutes.
Distinguishing features of the new Taycan within the line-up include aerodynamically optimised 19-inch Taycan Aero wheels and black anodised brake callipers. The front apron, side sills and rear diffuser in black are the same as those on the Taycan 4S, meanwhile, and LED headlights are fitted as standard. Inside, the Taycan comes with a partial leather interior as well as front comfort seats with eight-way electrical adjustment.
The rear-wheel drive Taycan chassis still uses the same centrally networked control system, with Porsche 4D Chassis Control analysing and synchronising all chassis systems in real time. Both the standard steel-spring suspension of the Taycan and the optional adaptive air suspension with three-chamber technology are supplemented by the PASM (Porsche Active Suspension Management) electronic damper control system.
The car comes equipped as standard with six-piston aluminium monobloc fixed-calliper brakes at the front and four-piston aluminium monobloc fixed-calliper brakes at the rear with 360mm and 358mm internally vented brake discs. The high-performance Porsche Surface Coated Brake (PSCB) are available as an option.
The newest addition to the Taycan range also features all the enhancements introduced at the model year changeover, such as the Plug & Charge function to simplify charging on the go. And as on the other variants, optional equipment includes a colour head-up display and an on-board charger with a charging capacity of up to 22 kW. With Functions on Demand (FoD), Taycan drivers can purchase various additional convenience or assistance functions as required.
Porsche has made a successful start to the all-electric age, delivering just over 20,000 Taycan cars to customers worldwide in 2020. Our first EV has already received around 50 international awards and the new rear-wheel drive Taycan now holds the Guinness World Record™ for the longest drift with an electric car, having been driven sideways non-stop for exactly 42.171 kilometres.
The first rear-wheel drive Taycans will make their way to dealerships from the middle of March 2021.
Taycan with Performance Battery: Fuel consumption combined 0 l/100 km, CO2 emissions combined 0 g/km, Electricity consumption combined 28.0 kwh/100 km
Taycan with Performance Battery Plus: Fuel consumption combined 0 l/100 km, CO2 emissions combined 0 g/km, Electricity consumption combined 28.7 kwh/100 km)