Porsche Taycan RWD: Australian launch likely in 2022

The first all-electric Porsche is getting a new entry-level model in Europe, and it's on track to touch down locally in around 12 months.

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The Porsche Taycan just got a whole lot cheaper in Europe, and Australia is likely to follow suit.

The rear-wheel drive Taycan was first revealed for China, and has today been confirmed as a part of the European range.

CarExpert understands it’s likely to reach Australia in around 12 months, although Porsche hasn’t yet confirmed it. The Porsche Taycan 4S, Turbo, and Turbo S will touch down locally next month.

There are two battery options available in the new rear-wheel drive Taycan.

The standard model comes with a 79.2kWh battery pack and a 300kW motor. It has an estimated range of 414km using the generous NEDC standard that’s being phased out in Europe in favour of the more realistic WLTP system.

In the long-range variant there’s a 93.4kWh battery paired with a more powerful 350kW motor. Range is rated at 489 kilometres.

Although there are differences between the outputs in the two models, both have a claimed 5.4-second sprint to 100km/h.

They both support 800V fast charging, which can top the car up to 80 per cent capacity in 30 minutes.

By comparison, the next step up in the Taycan family tree, the 4S, has a 0-100km/h time of 4.0 seconds, but has a more limited range of just 365km with the 79.2kWh battery and 414km with the large 93.4kWh unit.

Originally set to touch down in December, the 2021 Porsche Taycan will instead hit local showrooms in February this 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”.

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.

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