Rear-drive Taycan reaches Europe and the US with 350kW of energy and 484km vary, although Australian plans stay unconfirmed.


An entry-level, rear-wheel-drive variant of the 2021 Porsche Taycan has been unveiled for Europe.

Following its debut for the Chinese market in June 2020, and the release of a teaser image earlier this week, Porsche has formally confirmed its first all-electric car will achieve an entry-level variant within the US and Europe in 2021.

Whereas Porsche Vehicles Australia has but to formally affirm the mannequin for our market, CarAdvice understands the rear-drive Taycan might make its means Down Underneath in round 12 months’ time, with the model’s native arm understood to be specializing in the launch of the all-wheel-drive 4S, Turbo and Turbo S variants in February 2021.

These aware of the Chinese language-market mannequin will discover few surprises within the specs of its European equal, with each markets’ fashions that includes a single electrical motor on the rear axle, and providing a alternative of two lithium-ion batteries: the 79.2kWh ‘base’ Efficiency Battery, and the 93.4kWh Efficiency Battery Plus.

Energy is rated at 240kW with the smaller battery, with an onboard overboost mode activated by way of Launch Management upping the output to 300kW – on par with the Chinese language determine quoted in 2020.

Go for the bigger 93.4kWh pack and outputs improve to 280kW and 350kW with out and with overboost respectively.

Regardless of the not-insignificant variations in energy between the fashions, each vehicles can cowl the 0-100km/h dash in 5.four seconds, in direction of a prime velocity of 230km/h. The 2-speed rear-axle transmission fitted to pricier, all-paw Taycans is normal on the brand new mannequin.

It is value noting the rear-wheel-drive variant, in pre-production guise, was the Taycan mannequin chosen to interrupt the file for the world’s longest steady electrical car drift, with 210 laps round a 200-metre skidpad recorded in late November 2020.

Porsche claims vary figures on Europe’s WLTP check cycle of 431km and 484km for the 79.2kWh and 93.4kWh packs respectively – the latter determine the best vary supplied by any Taycan mannequin thus far, and tipping it over the 300-mile marker.

The 800-volt electrical structure supplied by increased grade fashions carries over to the brand new entry mannequin, with most DC fast-charging charges pegged at 225kW and 270kW for the small and huge batteries respectively.

Each fashions, nonetheless, can recharged from 5 to 80 per cent capability in simply 22.5 minutes, with 100km of vary in a position to be added in 5 minutes. Regenerative braking is normal, with the German model claiming as much as 265kW of recuperation.

Commonplace gear contains LED headlights, 19-inch ‘Taycan Aero’ alloy wheels (enabling a 0.22Cd drag coefficient), metal coil suspension and aluminium brakes measuring 360mm up entrance with six-piston calipers, and 358mm on the rear with four-piston calipers.

‘Floor-coated’ efficiency discs may be had as an choice – measuring 410mm up entrance and 365mm on the rear – as can three-chamber adaptive air suspension, a head-up show, a 22kW AC onboard charger and energetic lane-keep help.

Inside, a lot of higher-spec Taycans’ cabins carry over to the brand new ‘base’ mannequin, together with a big curved digital instrument cluster and a central 10.9-inch infotainment touchscreen. Eight-way power-adjustable entrance ‘consolation’ seats trimmed in part-leather are standard-fit.

Whereas the rear-wheel-drive Porsche Taycan loses all-wheel-drive, energy and gear over its higher-spec 4S, Turbo and Turbo S siblings, it presents a notably extra interesting value: US$79,900 (AU$104,000).

Within the US, that marks a circa-AU$30,000 saving over the second-from-base 4S, which is priced from US$103,800 (AU$135,000).

Whereas Australian pricing has but to be confirmed, given the 4S is priced from $190,400 earlier than on-road prices in Australia, we would wager the rear-drive mannequin – following its affirmation and arrival in Australia – might dip near the $150,000 mark Down Underneath.

The rear-wheel-drive 2021 Porsche Taycan will go on sale in Europe in March 2021.