Porsche is serious about making electric cars (relatively) more affordable. After launching the "cheapest" Taycan at the time with the 4S, the company recently revealed a new, even more, affordable version. Joining the Turbo S, Turbo, and 4S variants is the new rear-wheel-drive (RWD) base model simply called 'Taycan'.
But just how affordable is the new variant of the Porsche Taycan? Apparently, this RWD Taycan will only cost $ 79,900 (about PHP 3.841 million). At that price, it's a lot more affordable than the Taycan 4S which retails at around $110,000 (or about PHP 5.290 million).
How was Porsche able to price the base Taycan? Instead of having two electric motors, the RWD version only comes with one. Despite having only a single motor, Porsche claims this EV still packs 408 PS and 344 Nm of torque with a standard 79.2 kWh Performance Battery pack. 0 – 100 km/h is easily achieved in 5.4 seconds with the standard battery, along with a top speed of 230 km/h.
If a customer wants more power and range, the optional 93.4 kWh Performance Battery Plus pack will give the Taycan 476 PS and 357 Nm of torque. The power boost also results in a faster 0 – 100 km/h sprint of just 5.2 seconds.
In terms of range, the standard Taycan can travel 412 kilometers before needing a recharge. Opt for the bigger battery pack, and the Taycan can cover nearly 490 kilometers on a single charge. The battery packs have a charging rate of either 225 kW or 270 kW, depending on the spec. With it, the Taycan can easily be recharged to 80% at around 22 minutes.
The RWD Taycan will initially be available in the US and China markets, with other countries to follow suit. Do you think the Taycan's price will attract more EV buyers? Could it be offered in the Philippines? And just how much will the RWD version cost here in the country should it be available? Chime in your comments below.