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Base model Porsche Taycan is official with rear-wheel drive and 5 digit starting price

If you were waiting for a lighter-weight, rear-wheel drive version of the Porsche Taycan electric sports sedan, your wait is over. Porsche is now making available the standard Porsche Taycan.

With a starting price of $81,250 with delivery, the Taycan has a synchronous electric motor and a 600-amp pulse inverter. It still has the 2-speed automatic transmission.

You’ll be able to get your Taycan in two different battery configurations. The base model has a 79.2 kWh capacity and can charge at up to 225 kW. Opting for the 170 pound heavier Performance Battery Plus increases storage to 93.4 kWh and accept a charge of up to 270 kW.

For comparison, a Tesla Model 3 and Model Y Standard Range charges at up to 170 kW at a version 3 Supercharger, and the longer range models can charge up to 250 kW.

Because of the unique way batteries power cars, the differing battery sizes affect power output. The standard car is rated at 402 horsepower and 254 lb-ft of torque. The larger battery increases power to 469 hp and 263 lb-ft.

Porsche claims that 0 to 60 mph is the same on either car at 5.1 seconds. The gap widens in the quarter-mile with the regular battery taking 13.7 seconds and the bigger battery taking 13.5 seconds.

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Standard is Porsche’s Active Suspension Management, while buyers can opt for air suspension if they wish. All Taycans come with Apple Car Play, over the air updates, and three-years of free Electrify America fast charging.

Upgrades, as is the case with Porsche, are plentiful and likely costly. Porsche InnoDrive with Traffic Jam Assist is the company’s ADAS setup.

Interestingly, Porsche lists an option 19.2 kW onboard charger. Most 32 to 48 amp wall chargers max out at 7 to 11 kW. That much power would make home charging speedy.

Porsche buyers can still take advantage of up to a $7,500 federal tax incentive, and it’ll be in U.S. dealerships starting in the spring of this year.

Written by Chad Kirchner
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