Unlike its predecessors, the new base model Taycan shifts its drive train to the rear, which consequentially shaves off a whopping 200 pounds off its weight. Power comes in at 402 horsepower for the standard configuration, but can reach up to 469 horsepower with the Performance Battery Plus upgrade. Both battery options will give you a 0-60 mph time of 5.1 seconds and a top speed of 143 mph, and can be charged from five percent to 80 percent in just 22.5 minutes.
Rear-wheel drive aside, the new base model will come standard with LED headlights, six-piston front and rear brakes with blacked-out calipers, the company’s own Active Suspension Management system, and 19-inch Aero wheels. Its interior will match the rest of the series’ models, equipped with an instrument cluster and 11-inch central infotainment system along with CarPlay and Apple Music support.
As for pricing, the new Taycan will start at $81,250 USD (inclusive of the $1,350 USD destination fee) — more than $20,000 USD cheaper than the Taycan 4S, which starts at $105,150 USD. Porsche says the entry-level model is already available in the U.S.
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