The Porsche Taycan and the Tesla Model S have been butting heads for quite sometime now. As of now, the Taycan seems to have established itself as the more “premium” choice for an electric vehicle while the Tesla is more of an average person’s EV. There are two main reasons why the Taycan hasn’t completely dethroned the Tesla: price and range, and it’s slowly getting there. After the reveal of the flagship, Taycan Turbo and Taycan Turbo S models, Porsche revealed a slightly more “entry level” model called the 4S. The air quotes are there because even though the 4S was the most affordable Taycan, it still started at $103,800 dollars; not exactly a poor man’s Porsche. Well now an even cheaper Taycan variant was revealed for the Chinese market only, but I highly doubt it will stay there for long.
Unlike every other Taycan, this new entry level car is RWD only, and will likely sport the longest range yet, take that Tesla. This new model features the same 79.2 kWh battery found in the Taycan 4S except this time it’s only powering a single electric motor in the rear. As a result, it only makes 402 hp but buyers can opt for an optional double-deck 93.4 kWh battery pack to boost power output to 469 hp (that’s more than every 992 911 except for the Turbo S!). Despite the power difference, both models hit 60 mph in 5.4 seconds and top out at 143 mph.
Although power has gone down, the range has gone up. Porsche says that the base model can travel 257 miles between charges and 303 miles with the larger, more powerful battery. Keep in mind though that this still isn’t a Tesla killer since these range numbers were obtained using the NEDC testing style which is much more generous than what the EPA uses.
Pricing however is where it really matters for the base model, and considering the Taycan 4S starts at just over $100,000 here in the US, it’s safe to say that when the base model come here, it’ll be the first Taycan available for less than six figures. This is rather rare these days with Porsche performance cars. This makes me very excited for the future of the Taycan. It’s come so far in its first generation, I won’t be surprised at all if it completely surpasses the Tesla Model S in the coming years. I wonder what this means for the rest of the Porsche lineup. Will an electric sports car be coming sooner than we thought? Only time will tell.
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