Last year Porsche sold 41,296 Taycans, surpassing sales of the 911, but it is worth noting that the 911 also set a sales record of 38,464 cars sold.
The popularity and response the Taycan received prompted Porsche to have more electric cars, which are now in the sports car world.
“By the middle of the decade, we want to offer our 718 mid-engine sports car exclusively in an all-electric variant,” Porsche CEO Oliver Blume said when the company revealed its electric vehicle roadmap earlier in March.
When the Taycan went on sale at the end of 2019 as a 2020 model, it was unique among EV offerings with its innovative 800-volt system and two-speed gearbox. With Porsche underpinnings and chassis, early Taycan models (Turbo S and Turbos) offered huge power numbers (600 hp+), as well as massive MSRPs ($150,000+).
When the base Taycan RWD (rear-wheel drive) was released in 2021, it seemed like the perfect place for electric car enthusiasts who wanted a Porsche, with a starting price of somewhat pre-delivery $81,400 (note: for 2022, the base Taycan starts at $86,700). ) . It is the Taycan base that brought Porsche to Yahoo Finance for review.
The Taycan EV came in a stunning Cherry Red metallic finish, and a host of other options brought the car’s price up to $114,200 with delivery. Options like rear axle steering ($1,620), adaptive suspension ($2,200), Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus ($1,500), performance battery plus 93.4 kWh ($5,780), and adaptive cruise control ($2,050). ) are options that are well worth it despite being expensive. Race-tex seating materials ($4,700), Aero wheels ($2,380) and PCSB brakes ($3,490) are options that can be omitted.
Taycan Basic Specifications and Techniques
This base Taycan will give you a standard performance battery (79.2 kWh) with a 225-mile EPA range, 321 horsepower (overboost 402hp), and 5.1 seconds from 0 to 60 mph. With the added performance battery added, Porsche says the range climbs 281 miles using AMCI testing, and horsepower jumps to 375, with 469 horsepower overhead. The Base Taycan is a single motor setup that uses a two-speed transmission, which is somewhat unique in the electric vehicle world.
Being inside the cabin is unlike any other Porsche. Engineers and designers have created an interior that takes you into the future, although one Porsche enthusiast is still familiar. The sweeping, curved digital display behind the steering wheel looks futuristic and simple, with only the necessary bits of information displayed, but it also looks similar to the “5-dial” layout the 911 uses.
In keeping with the futuristic theme, there are two other screens in the central stack area for infotainment and climate control. An optional fourth screen is available for the front passenger for digital viewing pleasure.
The rest of the dashboard is clean, with soft-touch materials on the top and bottom of the extended instrument panel, and also flows along the full center console leading into the center console. Porsche engineers did a great job with the location of the steering wheel, pedals, and seating position, using the same angles and distances as the 911 sports car. It’s sporty, low-key but comfortable seating.
Driving around town in the Taycan is a very refreshing experience. The Taycan’s base doesn’t have a lot of power you’d assume would burn the tires out of the car, in fact, in the “normal” setting, acceleration is smooth and the power delivery isn’t too heavy on torque.
Most electric cars tend to reconfigure aggressive braking in the car’s normal mode, which means that the moment you lift the throttle, regenerative braking begins to collect energy and pull the car to a stop. Not a taycan. Porsche’s default is to let the car descend like a gas-powered car, but you can turn on regenerative braking if you wish. While turning off regenerative braking hurts efficiency and range, it’s better for performance and familiarity with a traditional driving experience.
The Taycan’s chassis and suspension are pure Porsche, a rock-solid chassis that doesn’t squeak or strain when you drive hard, and the adaptive suspension can be compliant or as tough as you like. I find the normal suspension setup to be comfortable and perfectly fine for spirited driving.
In the Sport+ setting the power comes on quickly, and the Taycan starts, but it didn’t blow me away. It’s pretty fast, but the Taycan in the base is a pretty heavy car, especially with a bigger performance battery pack (about 4,750 pounds). I really wanted more acceleration and power from this car, especially given the world-class chassis that can handle the extra oomph.
Most electric cars these days are very fast due to the instant torque provided by the electric drivetrains, and in that respect, the Taycan base didn’t give me the level of performance that Porsche is known for. That’s probably the trade-off with the base, less than $100,000 — you’ll get the handling and the famous Porsche chassis, but if you want to get to the nuclear range for power and performance, prepare for the Taycan 4S and Turbo variants. Also, be prepared to spend a lot of money.
That said, the Taycan Base is a great package all around, and if you can price one down to under $100,000 with the options I’ve highlighted, and if you include that $7,500 federal tax credit along with any government benefits you might receive, that’s A fair, if not cheap, price to pay for this performance.
Bras Subramanian is a Senior Automotive Correspondent at Yahoo Finance. you can follow it Twitter and on Instagram.
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