Porsche has announced that a new, entry-level, Taycan electric sports car will soon join the 4S, Turbo, and Turbo S models in the expanding lineup. The four- or five-passenger sedan has a base price of less than $80,000 – undercutting the company’s combustion- and hybrid-powered Panamera sedan by more than $7,000 (keep in mind that the Taycan also qualifies for a federal tax credit of up to $7,500, which further increases that gap).
The standard Taycan relinquishes the front motor of its siblings and retains a single permanent magnet synchronous electric motor in the rear. It keeps the innovative two-speed transaxle that provides strong acceleration, and efficient highway cruising, up the vehicle’s top speed.
Two battery configurations will be offered with the standard Taycan. The Performance Battery model (capacity of 79.2 kWh) delivers 402 horsepower and 254 lb-ft of torque. The larger Performance Battery Plus (capacity of 93.4 kWh) delivers 469 horsepower and 263 lb-ft of torque. Both batteries require just 22.5 minutes to charge from 5 percent to 80 percent at a high-speed DC fast charger.
According to Porsche, both Taycan models accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just 5.1 seconds with a top speed of 143 mph (boasting a 0.24 Cd., the sedan is the most aerodynamically efficient model in the lineup).
Other standard equipment on the Taycan includes 19-inch Taycan Aero wheels, six-piston front brakes, and four-piston rear brakes painted in gloss black. Porsche Surface Coated Brakes and Porsche Ceramic Coated Brakes (and larger wheels) are optional. Porsche Active Suspension Management is standard, with Adaptive Air suspension on the options list.
If you are looking for a more accurate idea of pricing, you can build and price a Taycan on Porsche’s official web site.