Entry-level RWD Porsche Taycan unveiled for China

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Porsche has unveiled an entry-level rear-wheel-drive version of its Taycan electric sedan, exclusive to the Chinese market.

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Similarly to the mid-grade 4S, the base Taycan – known simply as ‘Taycan’ – is fitted as standard with a 79.2kWh lithium-ion battery mounted underneath the floor. However, the loss of the front electric motor sees the power output drop from 390kW to a still-healthy 300kW.

Porsche claims a 414-kilometre range on the NEDC cycle, which was recently phased out in Europe in favour of the stricter WLTP standard – we’d wager the base Taycan’s range will convert to around 380km once it hits the Old Continent.

An optional 93.4kWh ‘Performance Battery Plus’ will be offered, increasing power output and NEDC range to 350kW and 489km respectively.

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Regardless of battery, the entry-level Taycan can complete the 0-100km/h sprint in 5.4 seconds – 1.4 seconds slower than the 79.2kWh 4S – towards a 230km/h top speed.

Steel coil springs with PASM adaptive dampers are standard equipment, with air suspension, torque vectoring and rear-axle steering able to be specified from the options list.

Exterior and interior differences between the ‘base’ Taycan and mid-spec 4S are minor, consisting primarily of black brake calipers, ‘Taycan’ badging, standard-fit 19-inch ‘Taycan Aero’ wheels and a China-specific panoramic glass roof.

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Cargo volume increases from 447 litres to 491 litres, thanks to a larger front luggage compartment as a result of the lack of a front motor.

Prices for the rear-wheel-drive Porsche Taycan start at 888,000 yuan in China. That’s around 20 per cent less than the 4S’ sticker in China – if the base Porsche EV ever touches down on Australian shores, expect a starting price of around $150,000.

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