As part of an update for the pioneering all-electric model, Porsche Australia has confirmed two new variants of the Taycan large car, including the first rear-wheel-drive sedan, with the order books now open ahead of deliveries starting early next year.
Priced from $156,300 plus on-road costs, the RWD sedan is simply known as Taycan and is powered by a rear electric motor that produces 300kW/345Nm with the standard 79.2kWh battery or 350kW/357Nm with the optional 93.4kWh unit.
Either way, the RWD sedan sprints from a standstill to 100km/h in 5.4 seconds and has a top speed of 230km/h, although the larger battery does have a longer range (434km) and more charging power (270kW) than the smaller item (369km/225kW).
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The other new version is the 4 Cross Turismo ($176,600), which is an all-wheel-drive high-riding wagon that adds a front electric motor for combined outputs of 350kW/500Nm.
The 4 Cross Turismo comes with the larger battery as standard, hits triple digits in 5.1s, has a terminal velocity of 220km/h, lasts 437km between charges and can be topped up with 270kW of grunt.
As for the rest of the Taycan line-up, the 4S (+$4300), Turbo (+$7800) and Turbo S (+$7300) grades are now more expensive (see full pricing table below), although their list of standard equipment has become longer.
New for MY22 is speed-sensitive power steering (already fitted to Turbo S), grey windscreen top tinting, a head-up display, Android Auto support, Traffic Jam Assist and a tyre repair kit (sealant with an electric air compressor).
For reference, the RWD sedan and 4 Cross Turismo have the same features plus adaptive LED headlights, power-folding side mirrors, keyless entry, rear privacy glass, digital radio, a heated steering wheel, 14-way power-adjustable front comfort seats and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.
Advanced driver-assist systems extend to adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, surround-view cameras and front and rear parking sensors, while rear-side airbags are also included.
It’s also worth noting the Turbo and Turbo S variants of the Tesla Model S rival and Audi e-tron GT twin have also added an onboard 22kW AC charger for quicker charging times at home or the office.
2022 Porsche Taycan pricing before on-road costs
|Taycan 4 Cross Turismo||automatic||$176,600 (NEW)|
|Taycan 4S||automatic||$194,700 (+$4300)|
|Taycan 4S Cross Turismo||automatic||$205,300 (+$4300)|
|Taycan Turbo||automatic||$276,300 (+$7800)|
|Taycan Turbo Cross Turismo||automatic||$279,000 (+$7800)|
|Taycan Turbo S||automatic||$345,800 (+$7300)|