Report: Cheaper, Rear-Drive Base Taycan Coming

No longer will Porsche’s Taycan be as cheap as a Panamera 4S. Nope, it’ll be cheaper, or at least so says a report that reveals a new rear-drive model of the electric performance sedan is coming that should ring the register at just under $100k.

“There will be entry-level models coming off the Taycan,” R&D chief Dr Michael Steiner told CAR Magazine over the phone in what we assume was a casual chat with a beer on one side and a spot of tea on the other end of the line. “There will be a rear-wheel-drive model with a smaller battery to make it more accessible price-wise, especially for markets that don’t need 4wd – places like China, where weather conditions mean you don’t need it.”

Steiner didn’t confirm the price estimate, instead, CAR used the jump in price from 911 Carrera 2 to 4 and extrapolated a UK price of around £77k. Take out taxes and convert your currency and that’d be around $80k. Following the Panamera’s US pricing, we’d expect something in the mid $80k range, before any tax incentives.

The report says to expect the base Taycan to hit in China first, an EV-hungry market, and we’ll note that it expects right-hand drive models in the UK in 2021, but doesn’t confirm American availability.

A 4S with the smaller 79 kWh battery is rated to hit 60 in the four-second window with a 203 mile EPA range. It’s not clear if a 2WD drive version would offer more or less range, or how much capacity it would offer, but anything close to 200 miles rated range in the mid-80s would almost make this Taycan a bargain. Which isn’t something we ever expected to say about a Porsche EV.