Prior to today, purchasing a Porsche Tekken in the US was a six-figure layout. The first full-battery electric vehicle from Porsche was only offered in packages starting at $ 185K to $ 185K from the Tekken 4S for the Turbo S (reviewed here).
Today, Porsche is now opening up a flood of Tycan ownership with the base model offering starting at $ 79,900. With federal and state EV incentives, the price can go below $ 70K. But what did Porsche cut to get the price there?
Porsche sold 20,000 tickets in its first year, and is already Porsche’s best-selling model.
Now, the “affordable” Tekken finally arrives on American shores, saving 200 lbs by removing the Pesky front motor and offering a 79.2 kWh battery option. To date, Porsche did not even say if it was going to release the base tekken in the US, let alone when it would be hitting its home continent in Europe where it would be £ 70,690 in the UK and the same in Continental Europe . So today’s news is welcome.
A US destination charge of $ 1,350 and a federal tax credit cut of $ 7,500 would kick off state and local incentives, as well as power savings on using gas, with most buyers nearing or lowering $ 73,840.
The base model Porsche Tycan spec sheet is still very impressive, whether the 79.2 kWh performance battery or the $ 5,600 upgrade is the 93.4 kWh “performance battery plus” chosen. Porsche is known for using the LG pack in its tekn.
The standard performance battery provides 402 horsepower (300 kW) and 254 pound-feet of torque generating power from the Teakan’s single rear motor. When equipped with the optional Performance Battery Plus, the motor can produce 469 hp (350 kW) and 263 pound-feet of torque. Despite the battery configuration, the Tycan can accelerate from 0-60 mph in just 5.1 seconds and has a top speed of 143 mph. With standard batteries, the Teaken covers the quarter mile in 13.7 seconds, while the larger pack shortens the sprint to 13.5 seconds.
The 0–100 km / h (0–62 mph) time of 5.4 seconds was given to the Chinese version, but it is unclear whether this represents a slight improvement compared to the previous few mph.
Porsche tech charging
Like its more expensive siblings, Base Tekken will charge up to 270 kW at compatible charging stations. The smaller battery option will charge only at 225 kW.
Regardless of size, both take just 22.5 minutes to charge from 5% to 80% of the proper battery state when the correct battery position and temperature are found, and the car is connected to a compatible high-speed DC fast charger .
At 50 kW stations, it will take a significant 93 minutes to create a 5-80% charge gap and the home charger will charge at 9.6 kW within just 10 hours.
Porsche originally claimed a Tekken charging capacity of 350 kW and has promised an upgrade when it becomes available.
Tycan loses front motor
As we mentioned, losing the front motor would knock 200 lbs off the gross weight of the vehicle. Interestingly, Porsche notes that its front trunk will not be large (just 2.8 cubic feet) with the reduction of its front motor, but the rear will retain its 14.3 cubic feet of cargo space (turbo / from 12.9 cubic feet) . s). It remains to be seen what kind of impact it has, as the AWD Taycan uses its front motor primarily for Eco driving.
Tycan wheels and brakes
Even though only half the wheels will be able to give a break to the standard Tycan, but Porsche says that it can still deliver 265 kW, which is a very healthy stopping force. But it also has a lot to absorb without slipping two tires, especially in snow or gravel.
Also, for calipers fans, the brakes will be red on the standard Tikkan and red on the 4S and yellow on the more expensive turbo models.
The 19-inch TiCan comes in the Ayan wheels, a six-piston front brake and a four-piston rear brake with the Taan standard. This setup is similar to the Tecan 4S, but the wheels and calipers have a different color. The Taan will feature black calipers and alloy wheels painted in bright silver as standard, while the 4S features red calipers and polished alloy wheels with high-gloss black spokes. Like other Porsche Tekken models, Porsche Surface Coated Brakes and Porsche Ceramic Coated Brakes, as well as 20- and 21-inch wheels, are optional. Regenerative braking remains through the brake pedal, as does its class-leading 265 kW reimbursement rate.
Porsche Active Suspension Management comes standard with dashboard controls, but an adaptive air suspension can be ordered as an option. The air suspension allows the tion to drop its impressive drag coefficient from .24 to .22.
The same features found in other Tekken variants are all here: Porsche Connect, Apple CarPlay, Function on Demand, Plug and Charge, Apple Music, with air updates, and up to three years of free electrifying US charging – standard in all cars. Contains. Additional optional equipment such as the Porsche Inodrive with Traffic Jam Assist, 19.2 kW on-board charger, head up display, 14-way seats with massage functionality, upgraded audio system and multiple exterior colors and interior trims are all available to choose from. . In a Porsche typical sports car drive train layout. Tyson buyers will be able to track their car’s progress from their smartphone to delivery, through the Porsche Track Your Dream service.
I think Porsche is going to sell a ton of these $ 80,000 variants, and here’s why: Aspiring people want this gorgeous car to break the bank without glasses. Let’s be real, these are signs that may not be necessary in day to day life. For example, the top speed on the base model Tyken decreases from its high-priced siblings’ 155-161 mph mark to just 143 mph. For 0-60 times, you are looking down from 2.3-4 seconds for the base model to 5.1 seconds for the second. Worth noting, but the merger on the highway is still going to be a cakewalk.
It is also interesting that this comes now as sister company Audi is set to release the Tekken-based Audi GT.
For me, the biggest differential here is battery size. At just a hair under 80kWh, the base tekken will likely bump into that 200-mile baseline (according to EPA figures Porsche says are close to announcement). I say “likely” because Porsche is saving some weight and efficiency with a small battery and no front motor. On the other hand, the Porsche Tekken 4S / Turbos will use its front motor for highway efficiency in most Eco settings. In addition, Porsche is known to artificially lower its stated EPA limit. Why? There is some speculation that it wants a larger buffer for warranty compliance.
AWD Taycan 4S 199 EPA miles with the same battery. If I had to guess, I would say that the EPA range would be around 215 for the $ 80,000 model and 245 with performance battery plus. Those are respectable numbers, but for many, the 300–400 mile range that Tesla avoids on similarly sized Model S batteries will be difficult to ignore. The RWD Tycan in China is rated at 489km (303 mi) NEDC, but is quite optimistic compared to the mileage of the EPA.
The second part of that equation is the charging option. At electrified US 350kW capable stations, 20 minutes is superb and barely enough time to use the toilet. But at the more common 50kW stations, it will take 90 minutes to charge, which is longer, whether you’re planning to enjoy a meal or do some shopping while you stop.
But as we have said in the past, there is a lot of space in the market for Porsche here, and they are possibly pulling the newest Taycan customers out of the ICE sports car and sedan options.
Porsche Tekken vs Tesla Model S
As each S-3-XY model that owns and operates the highly-specialized version of the Tacan, I can disproportionately state that there are undeniable analogies here. Fit and finish, styling, handling, interior / exterior design, CarPlay, comfort and customer service are taken care of. The range and charging availability are clear big wins for Tesla.
In fact, if I’m a typical Porsche customer, the only thing that prevents me from withdrawing the Tekken is the possibility of an all-new Electric Macan AWD SUV that many believe will be announced this year. And will be on the road in 2022. .
Oh and one last thing Porsche wanted us to know: The Tekken is the most powerful standard model variant Porsche has ever produced. So not a bad package at all, and I say “enticing”?
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