New RWD model drops Porsche Taycan entry price to A$156,300, $189,500 less than the flagship Turbo S

New RWD model drops Porsche Taycan entry price to $156,300, Turbo S $345,800...

Electric Vehicles are slowing coming to Australia and Porsche’s successful launch of the Taycan is now being followed with additional models. There will now be 4 variants of the Taycan available in Australia.

An additional, and most affordable model, named purely Taycan, is the first rear-wheel drive variant of Porsche’s first all-electric sportscar, while the other Taycans offer AWD drivetrains.

As you’d expect, the cheaper Turismo entry model, still comes at a premium price, starting at Taycan A$156,300. By comparison, the flagship, Taycan Turbo S costs $345,800, a difference of $189,500 between the two extremes.

The Taycan 4 Cross Turismo is also being added to the product line-up. Both new models are available to order now, with first Australian deliveries expected to commence from early 2022.

Porsche is offering two battery sizes for the entry-level Taycan. The standard Performance Battery delivers up to 300 kW and 345 Nm of torque in overboost mode with Launch Control. The optional Performance Battery Plus increases output to up to 350 kW and 357 Nm of torque.

The Taycan accelerates from a standing start to 100 km/h in 5.4 seconds, whichever battery is specified. While that’s faster than many ICE vehicles, it is slow when compared to some other EVs which cost far less, so you’ll really want to love the badge to go in this direction.

The top speed is also 230 km/h in both configurations, while the maximum charging capacity is up to 225 kW (Performance Battery) or up to 270 kW (Performance Battery Plus).

The Taycan 4 Cross Turismo is fitted with the Performance Battery Plus as standard and delivers up to 350 kW and 500 Nm of torque in overboost mode with Launch Control. The model is capable of accelerating from a standing start to 100 km/h in 5.1 seconds thanks to its all-wheel-drive configuration.

One of the biggest questions with an EV is their range. Porsche says the entry-level Taycan is good for up to 369 km with the standard Performance Battery or up to 434 km with the optional Performance Battery Plus. The Taycan 4 Cross Turismo however, is capable of up to 437 km.

Australian standard specifications for the new Taycan

Australian models gain a range of standard equipment in addition to worldwide standard specifications.

In Australia, the new Taycan and Taycan 4 Cross Turismo will be equipped with the following driver assistance systems as standard: Comfort Access, Lane Change Assist, ParkAssist (front and rear) with Surround View, Adapive Cruise Control with Traffic Jam Assist, Head-Up Display and Power steering Plus.

Furthermore, Windscreen with Grey top tint, Automatically dimming mirrors, Electrically-folding exterior mirrors, LED headlights with PDLS Plus, Privacy glazing, Tyre sealant with electric air compressor, Steering wheel heating, Side airbags in rear compartment, 14-way Comfort seats with memory package and Digital radio are also fitted as Australian standard.

From an E-Performance perspective, the new Taycan and Taycan 4 Cross Turismo will be equipped the same equipment as the Taycan 4S. This includes the Porsche Charging Dock, a Mobile Charger Connect module, a charging cable for domestic sockets, two charging cables for industrial sockets and the Home Energy Manager to assist with the setup of efficient charging infrastructure at home.

This model also includes the most up-to-date Public Charging hardware consisting of a 150 kW on-board DC-Charger for use at 400 volt charging points, and a Mode 3 public charging cable compatible with the majority of AC charging networks already established in Australia.

Taycan owners receive a complimentary three year subscription to the Chargefox Ultra-Rapid DC charging network (up to 350 kW), and complimentary charging at selected Chargefox-managed Fast DC charging sites (mostly 50 kW). The complimentary subscription period begins on delivery of the vehicle.

Taycan specification updates for the entire Australian range

All Taycan models are now receiving specification updates as part of the model year update.

The Taycan 4S, Taycan Turbo and Taycan Turbo S models will gain Head-Up Display, Windscreen with Grey top tinting, Tyre sealant with electric air compressor, Traffic Jam Assist and Power Steering Plus (already standard on the Taycan Turbo S) as standard.

In addition, the Taycan Turbo and Taycan Turbo S models will also receive the 22kW onboard AC-Charger as standard (optional on other Taycan models).

As with the recent model year change for 911, Cayenne and Panamera, the Taycan range will now also receive Android Auto as standard.

With Functions on Demand (FoD), Taycan drivers can now purchase additional convenience or assistance functions as required. Alternatively, they are able to book them for a limited period.

This works after the vehicle has been delivered as well as for the sports car’s original configuration. Activation online means that it is not necessary to visit the workshop. In Australia, Active Lane Keeping Assist will be available as a FoD.

Australian Pricing

The new Taycan is available to order now Australia and comes in white or black as part of the included price. There are 11 metallic colours to choose from for an additional A$2,300, or $5,000 for a special colour. If you really want to stand out, you can have your Taycan painted in a completely custom colour, for A$18,490.

You have a choice of 7 wheel options, 6 of which cost extra. The most being 21″ aeroblades in Carbon, which cost A$16,7300.

If you continue through the Porsche Car Configurator, there are literally dozens of options to choose from. This is a dramatic difference from other automakers that give you just a couple of options.

The full Porsche Taycan Australian price list is below.

  • Taycan – $156,300
  • Taycan 4 Cross Turismo – $176,600
  • Taycan 4S – $194,700
  • Taycan 4S Cross Turismo – $205,300
  • Taycan Turbo – $276,300
  • Taycan Turbo Cross Turismo – $279,000
  • Taycan Turbo S – $345,800
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Creator of techAU, Jason has spent the dozen+ years covering technology in Australia and around the world. Bringing a background in multimedia and passion for technology to the job, Cartwright delivers detailed product reviews, event coverage and industry news on a daily basis. Disclaimer: Tesla Shareholder from 20/01/2021
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  • David Wilson
    20 June 2021 at 4:50 pm

    Anybody who buys an EV or hybrid in Australia is a fool. If you only drive a few kms for shopping it might be OK, but for anybody else forget it. Out of interest when ordering my new Porsche I did the sums around a hybrid vehicle
    1) The hybrid version costs $60,000 more than the pure ICE version

    2) The hybrid version can only drive 45km on electric power

    3) The hybrid version weighs 400 kgs more due to batteries, electric motor and cables.

    4) When not driving in electric mode the vehicle uses 2 litres/100kms more due to lugging around the extra 400kg of dead weight.

    5) when not driving those few kms on electric the vehicle pollutes more due to the extra fuel used due to the weight its lugging around

    6) When not using electric the fuel tank needs to be bigger to lug around extra fuel which the vehicle uses due to the dead weight of 400kgs that it has to lug around.

    7) The hybrid version has an ICE engine that needs to be larger to compensate for the extra weight thats being lugged around if you want the same performance as the pure ICE vehicle.

    8) Buying a hybrid vehicle actually does more damage to the environment by producing extra pollution due to have a larger engine burning extra fuel to lug around the dead weight of batteries.

    Result, I gave the hybrid vehicle a big miss as the extra cost of $60,000 allows me to purchase petrol to drive an extra 500,000 kms for the money I saved.

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    • Jason Cartwright
      20 June 2021 at 7:34 pm

      Interesting take.. I agree that hybrids are not the right fit for many, but for very different reasons. Basically, hybrids duplicate the drivetrain, missing the opportunity to have less serviceable parts and lower ongoing cost of ownership.

      As the battery tech and range of EVs continue to develop, as does the charging infrastructure, its clear to me that most of Australia and the world will be driving EVs by 2035.

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