Porsche adds entry-level Taycan to its lineup

RWD Taycan

Porsche has announced it is introducing a rear-wheel drive entry-level Taycan to the North American market, and it should be on the roads in just a few months.

The new Taycan was first revealed in China last year. New owners will get the choice of two different battery packs. A 79.2kWh “single-deck Performance Battery” will come standard. If you want more range, an optional “two-deck Performance Battery Plus” of 93.4kWh will also be available.

Official EPA ranges have not yet been announced. In China the smaller battery was rated for 257 miles (413km), while the larger battery was rated for 303 miles (487km). Both figures are based on the more optimistic NEDC rating, so expect the EPA ratings to be much lower.

Both vehicles will reach 100km/h in a respectable 5.4 seconds, and top out at 230km/h. Maximum charging capacity will differ between the two batteries, with the single deck featuring 225kW, or the two-deck with 270kW of charging capacity.

With just one electric motor, this Taycan variant will be 200lbs lighter than the 4S, Turbo, and Turbo S variants. The lack of a front motor will also increase the size of the frunk.

The entry-level Taycan will start at $79,900 USD. Opting for the bigger battery will increase the price to $85.680 USD. Pricing for Canada has not yet been announced. Porsche says the new vehicle will hit showrooms by March 2021.

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