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Porsche brings cheaper rear-wheel drive Taycan to US

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Although cheaper, the entry-level Taycan should still offer a lot of thrill. The Performance Battery and Battery Plus models share a top speed of 143MPH and can go from zero to 60MPH in 5.1 seconds. For context, the Taycan 4S can reach 143MPH, while the Turbo and Turbo S are capable of reaching 161MPH. According to Autoblog, the Plus model can handle a quarter mile in 13.5 seconds, which is slightly faster than its cheaper counterpart. Not shabby. Part of the Taycan’s impressive performance can be attributed to its weight. As CNETof Roadshow reports, the base Taycan weighs around 4,566 pounds, which is 205 pounds lighter than the 4S.

There are other small differences between the new Taycan and its all-wheel drive counterparts. The rims are a base silver, for example, instead of the polished versions found on the Taycan 4S. The brake calipers are also black rather than red. Otherwise, the entry-level model should look very familiar. The best part? The rear-wheel drive Taycan is available to order now in the United States. The first deliveries are expected in the spring, according to Autoblog, so it shouldn’t be too long before you can get out and – in an extremely safe and controlled way – hit the brakes and pretend you’re able to match drifting car Guinness world record.


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