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News RWD Porsche Taycan Offers Less Weight, Cost

RWD Porsche Taycan Offers Less Weight, Cost

The drifter's Taycan?

  • Up to 469 hp for single motor Taycan

  • No range figure yet for new model


Porsche has revealed a new version of its electric sedan and this time they’ve taken out the front motor to make a car that is lighter and more affordable than the twin-motor versions. Though strangely missing from the specs for the new model is a range figure for the two battery options.

Badged simply as Taycan, this version of the car loses around 200 lbs by dropping the front driveline. That leaves it with 402 hp if you pick the Performance Battery and 469 hp to the rear wheels if you tick the box for the larger Performance Battery Plus. And we’ll note that Porsche’s naming conventions leave room for a more affordable and shorter-range option down the road.

With either battery, the rear-drive Porsche Taycan can hit 98 km/h in 5.1 seconds, while the standard 79.2 kWh battery hits the quarter mile in 13.7 seconds with the larger 93.4 pack accomplishing the same in 13.5.

19-inch Aero wheels are standard with six-piston front and four-piston rear brakes, much like found on the Taycan 4S but with a different colour choice to make sure you know which one is the top car. Ceramic and surface coated brakes are optional as are larger wheels. Porsche active suspension is standard with adaptive dampers and an air suspension is on the options list.

The new Taycan variant can charge at the same 270 kw rate for the large pack and 225 for the small, both taking 22.5 minutes to go from five to 80 percent charge in the right conditions. It includes the 2021 updates to other Taycan models including Plug and Charge and Apple Music.

The new model will start from $79,900 in the US, and will qualify for a federal tax credit of up to $7,500 there. It isn’t coming to Canada, Porsche says.

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