Porsche electrifies with the Taycan
The wait is over, Porsche’s first electric sports car is coming to Australia.
Petrolheads or ermm … electric heads rejoice, the much-anticipated Porsche Taycan, Porsche’s first all-electric sports car will arrive in Australia from December 2020.
The Taycan which is now available to order will be available in three models, the Taycan 4S (priced from $191,000), Taycan Turbo ($269,100) and Taycan Turbo S ($399,100).
While the price is at the higher end of the market, it’s sure to catch the eye of prospective sports car buyers as it’s about $45,000 cheaper than Porsche’s 911 Carrera.
The base model Taycan 4S is also faster and can accelerate from 0-100km/h in 4.0 seconds (0.2 seconds quicker than the 911), has a top speed of 250km/h and can cover up to 365km on a single charge.
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Those with a need for speed and range can opt for the Performance Plus Battery Pack, which increases battery capacity to 93.4 kWh, resulting in a performance increase of 30kW and 50Nm to 420 kW/650 Nm, and range increases to 414 km.
The Performance Plus Battery Pack will set you back $13,690, but it is far cheaper than the mid-range Taycan Turbo which retails from $269,100.
The oddly named Taycan Turbo, which doesn’t actually have a turbo, offers 500kW and 850Nm, 0-100km/h speeds in 3.2 seconds, and a 420km range.
While the flagship Taycan Turbo S is in supercar territory, generating 560kW and 1050Nm and will go from 0-100km/h in just 2.8 seconds.
The impressive performance puts the Taycan Turbo S in the same category as the 911 GT2 RS and just 0.3 seconds off a Bugatti Chiron.
Unfortunately, the increased performance does come at the expense of range with the Turbo S having the smallest range of all models (if the Performance Plus Battery Pack is equipped on the 4S) at 405km on a full charge.
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Additional equipment and features across all the models remain much the same with each equipped with surround view, comfort access, lane-change assist, lane-keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, front seat ventilation, steering wheel heating, rear side airbags, electric folding mirrors and privacy glazing.
Standard Australian equipment for the 4S includes 20-inch Taycan sport aero wheels, metallic paint, front seat heating, 14-way electric comfort seats, auto-dimming mirrors and a BOSE surround sound system.
While the Turbo and Turbo S gain driving dynamic and comfort features like Porsche dynamic chassis control (PDCC), four-zone advanced climate control and ambient lighting.
All models also receive a three-year comprehensive Porsche connect service package including online navigation, radio plus, news, weather, calendar, Apple CarPlay, remote services and media streaming.
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The Taycan is the first electric production vehicle to use an 800-volt system, instead of the standard 400-volt system. Porsche claims the increase allows for consistently high performance and reduced charging times.
All Taycans released locally will come with a Porsche Charging Dock, a Mobile Charger Connect module, a charging cable for domestic sockets, two charging cables for industrial sockets and the Home Energy Manager to assist with the setup of efficient charging infrastructure at home.
All models are also equipped with a Mode 3 charging cable and a 150kW on-board DC charger for use at 400-volt charging points and already established AC public charging stations.
Buyers will also receive a complimentary three-year subscription to Chargefox, giving them access to 22 charging stations around the country.
The Porsche Taycan is now available to order and will arrive in Australia from December 2020
Porsche Taycan Australian pricing:
- Taycan 4S $191,000^
- Taycan Turbo $269,100^
- Taycan Turbo S $339,100^