After months of waiting, Porsche has finally unveiled the base Taycan today in China. The German carmaker already offers the quicker, faster, more capable 4S and Turbo variants of this electric sedan, but it’s this cheaper, rear-wheel-drive version that has us truly excited. The only problem? It’s not confirmed for the U.S. market.
A Porsche spokesperson told Road & Track the base Taycan, which comes without the front motor found in the 4S, Turbo, and Turbo S trims, is available in China only… for now, anyway. The company says it is “currently evaluating if this model would make sense in [the U.S.] market.”
Like the 4S, the base Taycan is available with either a standard 79.2-kWh battery pack or an optional 93.4-kWh unit. Power is sent to the rear wheels via a single permanently excited synchronous motor that spins a two-speed automatic transmission with a low gear for quick acceleration and a high gear for freeway speeds. The small-battery drivetrain is rated at 321 horsepower, while the larger pack nets you 374 horsepower. Activate launch control, and a short-term overboost mode jacks those numbers up to 402 and 469 horsepower, respectively. In top trim, the rear-drive Taycan is able to sprint to 62 mph in 5.4 seconds, on to a top speed of 143 mph.
Whether you stick with the standard fixed spring chassis or the optional air ride, Porsche’s active suspension management system (PASM) comes standard, with electronically adjustable dampers. The base aero wheels measure 19 inches in diameter, while 20- and 21-inch units are optional.
According to Porsche, the base Taycan can deliver 257 miles of range with the standard battery or 303 miles with the optional 93.4-kWh unit, using calculations based on the New European Driving Cycle (a measurement system that’s since been replaced by the WLTP). Obviously, because the car hasn’t been confirmed for the U.S., EPA numbers are not currently available.
In China, the base Taycan starts at ¥880,800 (around $124,000). A fair bit cheaper than the Taycan 4S’s Chinese starting price of ¥1,148,000 (around $162,000). This suggests the base car would likely cost less than six figures should it come to America, considering the 4S starts at $103,800 here.
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