Porsche’s first electric car is running slightly late for Australia, with COVID-19 to blame.
Originally set to touch down in December, the 2021 Porsche Taycan will instead hit local showrooms in February next year.
Porsche dealers “must complete technical and sales training before deliveries can commence”, a spokesperson confirmed, and “border closures have prevented us from holding these training events”.
When it arrives, the 2021 Taycan will be offered in 4S, Turbo, and Turbo S trim in Australia. The rear-wheel drive model used for this week’s drifting world record won’t be offered in Australia at launch.
Pricing for the three-pronged range will kick off at $191,000 before on-road costs for the Taycan 4S, while the mid-range Taycan Turbo is priced from $269,100 before on-roads. That has it on a par with a 911 Carrera S.
The range-topping Taycan Turbo S costs $339,100 before on-roads, sitting it above the 911 Targa 4S on price, but well below the 911 Turbo S, despite offering similar acceleration figures.
The base 4S has 390kW and 640Nm, good for a 100km/h sprint time of 4.0 seconds. A 79.2kWh lithium-ion battery pack is standard, but buyers can option the 93.4kWh Performance Battery Plus.
Opting for the bigger battery ups outputs to 420kW and 650Nm, and improves range from 365km to a claimed 414km.
Moving to the Taycan Turbo gets you 500kW and 850Nm for a 3.2-second sprint to 100km/h. The bigger battery is standard, and offers a claimed range of 420km.
Finally, the range-topping Taycan Turbo S makes 560kW and 1050Nm. It’ll hit 100km/h in just 2.8 seconds from standstill, and claimed range is 405km.