The Porsche Taycan electric sports sedan will add a more affordable rear-wheel-drive variant to slot in below the more expensive all-wheel-drive 4S, Turbo, and Turbo S variants, Porsche R\&D chief Dr. Michael Steiner told Car Magazine.
Steiner said that the rear-drive model will use a smaller battery, but we don't know whether or not that's the existing 79.2-kWh battery standard on the 4S. The RWD model's range likely won't be significantly better than the all-wheel-drive models, because dropping the front motor will likely hurt, rather than help, the Taycan's efficiency. All-wheel-drive Taycans use only the front motor to power the vehicle while cruising on the highway to optimize efficiency.
The Most Powerful Taycan
Right now, the 4S is the cheapest Taycan. It starts at $105,150 and offers 522 horsepower with the base 72.4-kWh battery and 563 horsepower with the optional 93.4-kWh battery. The 670-hp Turbo starts at $152,250 and is good for an EPA-estimated range of 201 miles, and the 750-hp Turbo S starts at $186,350 and is EPA-rated at 192 miles. However, during a comparison test we ran a Taycan Turbo S at 75-mph and we estimate that it can go 209 miles between charges on the highway.
Porsche did not comment on the rear-wheel-drive Taycan's availability in the U.S. but did say that we "can be sure [Porsche's] electrification initiative will not stop with just three Taycan variants." We expect that it'll start somewhere below $100,000.
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