The Porsche Taycan, the German automaker’s first manufacturing electrical automotive, is lastly right here, however that’s not the top of the story. Porsche solely confirmed the Turbo and Turbo S variants, whereas confirming that there are extra on the way in which. From the 911 to the Cayenne, Porsche has a knack for growing seemingly limitless variations of a handful of automobiles. So what does Porsche have in retailer for the Taycan?
The very best analog for the Taycan’s household tree would be the Panamera, stories Autoblog, citing a dialog with a Porsche consultant on the Taycan (pronounced “tie-con”) reveal occasion. The Taycan lineup gained’t be a precise mirror of the Panamera — there is no such thing as a want for a Taycan E-Hybrid, for instance — however it could get lots of the similar variants as Porsche’s different four-door, in response to Autoblog.
In a press launch detailing the Taycan, Porsche mentioned it might introduce “less-powerful variants” over the approaching months, whereas retaining the all-wheel drive of the Turbo and Turbo S. So a Taycan four or Taycan 4S is smart. It’s additionally potential that Porsche will add a Taycan GTS as a mid-level mannequin. Porsche has provided a GTS variant of each mannequin in its present lineup at one level or one other. It doesn’t at the moment have GTS variations of the Cayenne or Macan, nevertheless it has provided them previously and should accomplish that once more sooner or later.
In 2017, Car reported that the Taycan could be offered in three strengths: 400 horsepower, 536 hp, and 670 hp. That report didn’t predict the 750-hp Turbo S, nevertheless it did get the 670-hp output of the Taycan Turbo proper. The report additionally mentioned Porsche may think about a rear-wheel drive Taycan, however the automaker hasn’t dropped any hints about that but.
The less-powerful Taycan variants also needs to be inexpensive than the Turbo and Turbo S, however how a lot much less stays to be seen. There’s a $65,800 unfold between a base Panamera and a Panamera Turbo (the costliest non-hybrid mannequin), which ought to equate to a worth of round $90,000 for a base Taycan, famous Autoblog. However Porsche North American CEO Klaus Zellmer additionally advised the web site that the Taycan platform was very costly to develop, indicating it could solely be used for high-end fashions.
To this point we’ve solely mentioned the Taycan four-door sedan, however there’s one other physique type within the works. Porsche confirmed that it’s going to launch a manufacturing model of the Cross Turismo wagon idea on the finish of 2020. Porsche already presents a Sport Turismo wagon model of the Panamera however, if it holds true to the unique idea automotive, the Taycan Cross Turismo will function extra rugged styling within the vein of a Subaru Outback or Audi Allroad. That would assist generate extra gross sales in the USA, the place the Panamera Sport Turismo is a distinct segment mannequin because of consumers’ disinterest in wagons.