December 6, 2021

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You can now buy a Porsche Taycan in the US for under $80,000

Before today, buying a Porsche Taycan in the US was a six-figure layout. The first full battery electric vehicle from Porsche was only offered in packages starting from $103K for the Taycan 4S to $185K for the Turbo S (reviewed here).

Today, Porsche is now opening the floodgates to Taycan ownership with a base model offering starting at $79,900. With federal and state EV incentives, the price could drop below $70K. But what did Porsche cut to get the price there?

‘Affordable’?

Porsche sold 20,000 Taycans in its first year, and it’s already been Porsche’s best-selling model in Europe over several months.

Now, the “affordable” Taycan finally arrives on US shores, saving 200 lbs by removing that pesky front motor and offering a smaller 79.2 kWh battery option. Until today, Porsche had not even said whether it was going to release the base Taycan in the US, let alone when it would be hitting its home continent of Europe where it will be £70,690 in the UK and similar in Continental Europe. So today’s news is welcome.

The US destination charge of $1,350 and deducting federal tax credit of $7,500 will put most buyers at or near $73,840 before state and local incentives kick in as well as electric savings over using gas.

The base model Porsche Taycan spec sheet is still very impressive, whether the 79.2 kWh Performance Battery or the $5,600 upgrade 93.4 kWh “Performance Battery Plus” is opted. Porsche is known to use LG packs in its Taycan.

The standard Performance Battery provides the power to produce up to 402 horsepower (300 kW) and 254 pound-feet of torque from the Taycan’s single rear motor. When equipped with the optional Performance Battery Plus, the motor can produce up to 469 hp (350 kW) and 263 lb-ft of torque. Regardless of battery configuration, the Taycan can accelerate from 0-60 mph in just 5.1 seconds and has a top track speed of 143 mph. With the standard battery, the Taycan covers the quarter mile in 13.7 seconds, while the larger pack shortens the sprint to 13.5 seconds.

The 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) time of 5.4 seconds was given to the Chinese variant, but it is unclear whether this represents a slight improvement over those last few miles per hour.