Porsche Teases New Taycan Variant, Is The Base Model Going Global?



The Porsche Taycan lineup is about to expand as the company has released a teaser image which hints at a “new addition to the family.”

While the teaser isn’t very revealing, it shows the mystery model alongside the Taycan 4S, Taycan Turbo and Taycan Turbo S. It also notes the car is coming soon, so stay tuned.

Porsche is staying tight-lipped, but this obviously isn’t the Taycan Cross Turismo. Instead, it’s another derivative of the sedan.

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We’re not entirely sure what Porsche has up their sleeve, but it’s possible the company will introduce the base model to a wider audience. As you may recall, they unveiled the entry-level Taycan in China last summer and it has been exclusive to that market.

If this is what Porsche is teasing, we can expect the model to have a rear-mounted electric motor that produces up to 402 hp (300 kW / 408 PS). It should be powered by a 79.2 kWh battery pack, which allows for a range of up to 257 miles (414 km) in the NEDC cycle.

If that isn’t far enough, the optional Performance Battery Plus increases the range to 303 miles (489 km). It also ups the output to 469 hp (350 kW / 476 PS) in overboost mode.

Regardless of which battery is selected, both versions of the entry-level Taycan accelerate from 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in 5.4 seconds before topping out at 143 mph (230 km/h).

Of course, the real advantage would be cost savings as the model slots beneath the Taycan 4S. That version starts at $103,800 – before incentives and a $1,350 delivery fee – which makes it significantly more expensive than the Tesla Model S Long Range Plus ($69,420) and Model S Performance ($91,990).

Updated: January 18, 2021 — 10:15 pm

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