Porsche Taycan to come in three variants – base, 4S and Turbo; priced from USD90k to over USD130k

Porsche Taycan to come in three variants – base, 4S and Turbo; priced from USD90k to over USD130k

The Porsche Taycan (pronounced tie-can) will be available in three variants and priced from USD90,000 in the United States, according to an email sent to The Drive’s Alex Roy from a ‘Porsche Global Brand Ambassador’.

The story goes that would-be customers are in the midst of signing up in order to place deposits on the company’s first fully electric sports car, with Roy being one of them.

In the email, the EV’s three variants include the base Taycan, Taycan 4S and Taycan Turbo. The last name may appear peculiar to some, and just so we’re clear, the all-electric car will certainly not feature a turbocharger.

Porsche Taycan to come in three variants – base, 4S and Turbo; priced from USD90k to over USD130k

The use of ‘Turbo’ is more in the interest of variant designation as the range topper rather than the performance enhancer associated with internal combustion engines. In fact, turbochargers are already present in many Porsche models today, but you don’t see the company attaching the ‘Turbo’ name to all of them.

In terms of pricing, the base Taycan will start in the low USD90,000, while the Taycan 4S retails in the high USD90,000. Meanwhile, the Taycan Turbo is priced over USD130,000, and all these prices are before options have been added.

Based on this information, the Taycan is actually more expensive than its rival, the Tesla Model S, which starts at USD65,000 for the 75D variant and tops out at USD122,000 for the P100D.

Porsche previously stated that the Taycan would get two permanently synchronous motors (PSM) that provides a total system output of over 600 PS (590 hp or 440 kW). The zero to 100 km/h sprint is claimed to be under 3.5 seconds, while the run to 200 km/h is below 12 seconds.

The EV is capable of providing a range of 500 km on a single charge (NEDC), and with fast charging on its 800-volt system, 100 km of range is available after just four minutes of charging. This level of performance is likely related to the Taycan Turbo, but we’ll have to wait for an official reveal to confirm this.

What do you think of Porsche’s approach to naming the Taycan’s variants? As a bit of side info, ‘Taycan’ means the equivalent of ‘spirited young horse’, if you didn’t already know.

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Gerard Lye

Originating from the corporate world with a background in finance and economics, Gerard’s strong love for cars led him to take the plunge into the automotive media industry. It was only then did he realise that there are more things to a car than just horsepower count.

 

Comments

  • basherlogic on Dec 28, 2018 at 11:11 am

    Basher said even McD waiter can buy such car

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    • Van Damme on Dec 28, 2018 at 7:14 pm

      Putting it into perspective, 30% of their population lives below the poverty line. The only reason they feel rich is because they live on borrowed money.

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  • Leafable on Dec 28, 2018 at 5:51 pm

    RM1mil for the lowest spec when it reach Malaysia.

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  • Porsche Taycan in the US costs the same as a Mercedes E-class in Malaysia. So glad I left Malaysia for America. Malaysia is a lousy country.

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    • basherutd on Dec 30, 2018 at 10:38 pm

      I see basher spirit there, you should add, lu tak sukak lu kluak

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    • Wait until you get sick and have to pay the hospital bill over there in America… ;)

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    • 7yrsold on Dec 30, 2018 at 11:33 pm

      Stick to your myvi, dun be like mat jenin andlazy

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