The 2022 Porsche Taycan lineup consists of two models, excluding the Turbo models, which we review separately. The base Taycan's specification nearly matches that of the 4S. You get 19-inch alloys, partial leather seats, eight-way power-adjustment for the heated front seats, dual-zone climate control, a total of three color screens, two of which are of the touchscreen variety, cruise control, park assist front and rear, and a ten-speaker sound system.
The default battery on both is a 79.2 kWh unit, but Porsche gives you the option of upgrading to a 93.4 kWh battery. It costs around $5,500 on both models. The entry-level model is rear-wheel-drive only, riding on a traditional steel spring suspension. It has an electric motor on the rear axle, coupled to a two-speed transmission. The 4S adds a front electric motor and single-speed transmission up front, as well as adaptive air suspension.
With the introduction of the rear-wheel-drive Porsche Taycan electric car last year, the starting price has dropped by around $20,000. The Taycan with the standard 79.2 kWh battery pack has an MSRP of $82,700. This Porsche Taycan will cost an additional $5,780 if you go for the bigger 93.4 kWh battery. The entry-level 4S has an MSRP of $103,800, and upgrading to the Performance Battery Plus is slightly cheaper at $5,570. These figures don't include Porsche's $1,350 delivery fee. As is common with this brand, the base Porsche Taycan price can climb dramatically by delving into the options list - it all depends on how much you're willing to spend.
Tesla's updated Model S Plaid has an MSRP in the USA of $129,990, while the Long Range model retails for $89,990.
If need be, it's all too easy to inflate the base Porsche Taycan price in the USA via an array of tempting options. The Taycan RWD is available with one package, called the Premium Package. It retails for $7,310, which isn't bad considering what Porsche gives you in return. The package includes a panoramic glass roof, Porsche dynamic lights, 14-way power-adjustable seats, Bose surround sound, lane-change assist, ventilated front seats, a surround-view camera, ambient lighting, and a storage package. The 4S can also be equipped with the Premium Package, but it costs slightly more at $7,400. This AWD model can additionally be optioned with the Performance Package, including rear-axle steering, Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control Sport, the Sport Chrono Package, Torque Vectoring Plus, and Porsche's Electric Sport Sound. This package retails for $6,430 and is also well worth the price. Some notable standalone options include a head-up display ($1,850), a surround-view camera system ($1,200), adaptive cruise control ($2,050), and the Burmester surround-sound system ($7,000).
As the Taycan is positioned as the luxury EV for keener drivers, it makes sense to buy the 4S. To the base price of $103,800, you also have to add the cost of the more powerful battery ($5,570), the Performance Package ($6,430), and the Premium Package ($7,400) to at least make it feel as luxurious as its price tag suggests. All in, you're looking at $123,200. That's quite pricey, especially when you compare it to the Long Range Model S, which is perhaps one of its closest competitors in terms of performance. It also has a 405-mile range.
The Taycan Turbo S model is closer in performance to the $129,900 Plaid, and the price for that particular model starts at $185,000. The battle between these two uber EVs is going to be one for the record books. Will the Porsche's superior handling be able to lure people away from a car that does 0-60 mph in less than two seconds?