By Amanda Mfuphi
Porsche made a successful start to the all-electric age, delivering over 20,000 Taycans to customers worldwide in 2020. The Porsche is now launching the fourth variant of its all-electric sports saloon, expanding the existing range comprising of the Taycan Turbo S, Taycan Turbo and Taycan 4S. The new entry-level model features rear-wheel drive and is available with two battery sizes. The standard Performance Battery delivers up to 300 kW, whereas the optional Performance Battery Plus increases to an output of up to 350 kW.
At the front, the new Taycan looks particularly low and wide with highly contoured wings and it is fitted with LED headlights as standard. Its body profile is shaped by a sporty roof line sloping downward to the rear with highly sculpted side sections. The sleek cabin, the strikingly drawn-in C-pillars and the pronounced shoulders of its wings result in an emphasised rear, typical for Porsche. These features are complemented by innovative elements such as the glass-look lettering for the Porsche logo in the rear light bar. The Taycan is distinguished in the model range by 19-inch Taycan Aero wheels and black anodised brake callipers. The front apron, side sills and rear diffuser in black are the same as those on the Taycan 4S.
Inside, the Taycan comes with a partial leather interior as standard as well as front comfort seats with eight-way electrical adjustment and a free-standing curved instrument cluster which places a clear focus on the driver axis. The cabin also features a central 10.9-inch infotainment display and an optional display for the front passenger. The car features two luggage compartments: 84 litres at the front, and up to 407 litres at the rear. It is also the first Porsche model available with an entirely leather-free interior.
The Taycan is equipped as standard with six-piston aluminium monobloc fixed-calliper brakes at the front and four-piston aluminium monobloc fixed-calliper brakes at the rear. The internally vented brake discs are 360 mm diameter at the front and 358 mm at the rear. The brake callipers have a black anodised finish. A further option is the high-performance Porsche Surface Coated Brake (PSCB). Its discs have a diameter of 410 mm and 365 mm front and rear.
Battery options and power
The new Taycan is offered with a choice of two batteries – a single-deck Performance Battery with a gross capacity of 79.2 kWh is fitted as standard and the two-deck Performance Battery Plus with a gross capacity of 93.4 kWh is available as an option. The range on the batteries is up to 431 or up to 484 kilometres respectively.
The Taycan accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in 5.4 seconds and delivers a top speed of 230 km/h in both configurations. The maximum charging capacity is up to 225 kW with the standard Performance Battery or up to 270 kW when equipped with the Performance Battery Plus. Both batteries can be charged from five to 80 per cent state of charge in 22.5 minutes under ideal conditions.
The Taycan entry model is available for order now.
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