Porsche is expected to start the production of the Taycan, its first all-electric car, sometime in 2019. As the carmaker prepares to dip its feet into the premium EV market, some details about the upcoming vehicle are now starting to emerge. Take, for one, the names of the Taycan’s trim levels, as well as their corresponding price range.
Auto journalist Alex Roy recently shared a message he received from a Porsche Global Brand Ambassador as a response to an inquiry about the Taycan. As noted by the journalist, Porsche appears to be adopting a rather unique naming scheme for its Tesla Model S rival, particularly for the vehicle’s top trim.
Following is an excerpt from Porsche’s message to the journalist.
“I am following up on your inquiry on the upcoming Porsche Taycan. We are expecting to see the new model in about one year from now. Porsche is going to build three models — the Taycan, the Taycan 4S, and (the) Taycan Turbo. Pricing will start in the low $90,000 for the Taycan, high $90,000 for the 4S, and over $130,000 for the Turbo before options.”
Immediately noticeable is Porsche’s use of the word “Turbo” to denote the high-performance version of the Taycan. Such a naming scheme is a bit unusual for an electric car, considering that the vehicle would not have a turbo per se. That said, Roy noted in an article on The Drive that Porsche does tend to use the “Turbo” brand as a means to distinguish a halo vehicle from other cars in its lineup.
Thus, as unusual as it might be, calling the top-tier electric car the Taycan Turbo might actually be a very strategic move for the German legacy carmaker. After all, using familiar terminology on the electric car could help the company’s dedicated fanbase be more open to Porsche’s transition towards electrified mobility. Apart from this, using the “Turbo” designation for the Taycan’s top trim also gives the impression that the vehicle is a flagship car — one that the company intends to support for years to come.
Pricing-wise, the Taycan appears to be starting at a price above the entry-level Tesla Model S 75D. If the information provided by the Porsche Global Brand Ambassador proves accurate, the entry-level Taycan will start roughly $12,000 more than the entry-level Model S, which starts at $78,000. The midrange Taycan 4S, though, appears to be directly aimed at the Model S 100D, which starts at $96,000 before incentives.
Quite interestingly, the Taycan Turbo’s $130,000 starting price actually undercuts the Model S P100D’s current $135,000 starting price. That said, if the specs that Porsche announced for the vehicle — such as a 0-60 mph time of 3.5 seconds, a top speed of 155 mph, and a range of 310 miles per charge — are true for the Taycan Turbo, the vehicle would be slower off the line and have a slightly shorter range than Tesla’s flagship performance sedan. This would make the Taycan Turbo’s specs, down to its proficiency on the track, more comparable to the Model 3 Performance, which starts at a far more affordable price of $64,000.