A new base-powered version of the Porsche Taycan has been on sale today in the United States and will arrive in dealerships in the spring. Now, don’t expect it to cross the border to the north.
The Car Guide has obtained confirmation from Porsche Canada that this entry-level Taycan will not be offered with us. Only the Taycan 4S, Taycan Turbo and Taycan Turbo S – all with all-wheel drive – will make up the Canadian lineup as is currently the case.
Without the front electric motor and about 200 pounds lighter compared to the 4S version, the rear-wheel drive Taycan offers a choice of two batteries: 79.2 kWh and 93.4 kWh. Their official range calculated by the EPA has not yet been announced, but these batteries come with an output of 402 and 469 horsepower, respectively. Acceleration from 0 to 100 km / h takes just over five seconds.
Standard equipment includes 19-inch Aero wheels (optional: 20 or 21), brakes with black six-piston calipers up front and four-piston rear as well as the PASM adaptive suspension system ( optional: air suspension).
The interior, as well as most of the technologies found in it, have not changed compared to the other versions.
Would many Canadian customers have chosen the new rear-wheel drive Taycan? We doubt it given our winter conditions. Certainly, this version would have significantly reduced the base price ($ 119,400) and attracted new buyers, but the success of the Taycan is already remarkable.
It sold 844 copies nationally in 2020, triple the Panamera (268) and almost as many as the 911 (914). In the last quarter, the Taycan was even Porsche’s best-selling car (397 units compared to 176 for the 911).
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