Porsche is doubling down on their high-performance electric four-door: the Taycan.
Last year, Porsche Philippines gave us a preview of the Taycan Turbo S; the top-spec model that can literally blow your mind when it comes to acceleration off the line. 0 to 100 km/h is done in just 2.8 seconds after all. The price is shocking though (no pun intended): at PHP 18.5 million, the Porsche Taycan Turbo S can be prohibitive to even the most loyal Porsche customer.
But now, there is another. For a while, Porsche Philippines only had the Taycan Turbo S, but they've expanded the line to two models with the introduction of the Taycan. No extra letters or badging; just Taycan.
Yes, the base model of the Taycan is now in the market from Porsche Philippines and is undoubtedly geared towards Porsche customers that want electric mobility but not necessarily the outrageous performance of the Turbo S.
The Porsche Taycan is driven by a pure-electric powertrain, but unlike the all-wheel-drive Turbo S, this Taycan is just rear-wheel drive with a rear-mounted motor and a two-speed automatic transmission. The model has a 79-kilowatt-hour (kWh) battery pack under the floor that is composed of lithium-ion cells.
Porsche Philippines says some of the key features on the Taycan include: 20-inch wheels, black anodized brake calipers, LED headlights, six-piston brakes in front and four-piston brakes at the back, Porsche 4D Chassis Control, adaptive air suspension with three-chamber technology, and the Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM). The cabin has a 4+1 seating layout, a 16.8-inch free-standing curved instrument cluster, a central 10.9-inch infotainment display, and another display for the front passenger; Porsche Philippines specifically requested for the last one when they specced the vehicle.
The Taycan has 408 PS and has 344 Nm of torque. It can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.4 seconds and has a top speed of 230 km/h. For comparison, the Taycan Turbo S has 761 PS with 1,050 Nm of torque, a 0-100 km/h time of 2.6 seconds, and a top speed of 260 km/h.
The standard Taycan does have an edge when it comes to overall range. Given that its rear-wheel drive and weighs about 250 kg less, the Taycan has a longer range than the Taycan Turbo S; the former can achieve a WLTP range of 431 kilometers while the latter can do 416 kilometers.
The best thing about the Taycan is the price. After inquiring with the Porsche Philippines dealer, the model is being offered for PHP 9 million. That's less than half the price of the Taycan Turbo S.
Porsche Philippines (under the PGA Cars banner) is actually making a big commitment towards electromobility. The company has already invested over PHP 150 million into training and equipping their dealers to be able to recharge, service, and store parts for Taycan customers.
Interested customers can actually visit SM Aura from June 18 to 24 to get a peek at the new Porsche Taycan at the Soul Electrified event. Actually, it will be more than a peek as Porsche says they will give clients a full and detailed look at the future of electric performance cars with a variety of presentations and brief them on what to expect with the technology, charging, and owning a Taycan.