2022 Porsche Taycan: 6 Reasons Why The Standard Taycan Is The Best

Porsche offers five distinctly unique variants of its all-electric Taycan sport sedan. These include the Taycan, Taycan 4S, Taycan GTS, Taycan Turbo, and Taycan Turbo S. Each model has been engineered and configured to deliver a specific level of performance to satisfy a particular niche of consumers. Over the past couple of years, I’ve been fortunate to have driven all of the Taycan variants at venues in the United States and Europe, which puts me in a unique position – I can authoritatively select the best model. So here are my top reasons for naming the standard Taycan the best in the model’s current lineup.

The standard Taycan is equally as technically advanced and innovative

Many automakers offer entry-level models that are stripped of the premium engineering or technologies, but not Porsche. The standard Taycan model shares the identical platform as its more expensive siblings and the same rear power unit and battery architecture as the Taycan 4S – including a permanent magnet synchronous electric motor and a 600-amp pulse inverter. And, mirroring the other Taycan models, the standard Taycan features a two-speed transaxle to optimize acceleration both around town and on the highway. In addition, the standard Taycan is fitted with Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) as standard equipment, with adaptive air suspension on the options list (I recommend it). And in terms of passenger amenities, the standard Taycan offers Porsche Connect, Apple CarPlay, and much more at no additional cost.

The standard Taycan offers the best range

Porsche fits the Taycan with a 79.2 kWh battery that may be charged up to 225 kW. Still, I recommend opting for the larger Performance Battery Plus that offers 93.4 kWh of capacity and a faster charging rate of 270 kW – it takes 22 minutes to go from 5 percent to 80 percent state-of-charge when connected to a high-speed DC charger. Also, ignore the pessimistic EPA range estimates for the Taycan with the 93.4 kWh battery, as independent expert tests show the vehicle can deliver 280+ miles on a full charge, and owners are reporting 300+ miles of range – this is the mileage champ amongst the Taycan models.

The standard Taycan is the most aerodynamic

Slightly narrower tires and a few unique attributes (e.g., the manual charging port door is more aerodynamic than the motorized one) make the standard Taycan the most aerodynamically efficient production Porsche ever offered. The drag coefficient is just 0.24 with the stock suspension (the optional air suspension drops it to an even sleeker 0.22 Cd.). The excellent aerodynamics lower cabin noise and contribute to its impressive range.

The standard Taycan is no slouch

Porsche reveals that the standard Taycan, which is rated at up to 402 hp and 254 lb-ft of torque, is the most powerful base model that the automaker has ever produced (that figure jumps up to 469 hp and 263 lb-ft of torque when equipped with the optional Performance Battery Plus). The 0-60 mph takes a mere 5.1 seconds, regardless of battery size (while the Performance Battery Plus option delivers more output, it also adds more mass, and that negates the increase in power), and the acceleration is very linear right up to the vehicle’s top speed of 143 mph – a combustion vehicle with equivalent performance will fall behind in a race above 80 mph.

The standard Taycan has excellent driving dynamics

Unlike the other Taycan models, the standard Taycan features a single motor on the rear axle, meaning it is rear-wheel drive. Eliminating the front power unit removes about 200 pounds of mass from the nose, so the standard Taycan is a whopping 535 pounds lighter than the Taycan Turbo S (if you want to get technical, the Performance Battery Plus adds 170 pounds of mass to the Taycan, but that weight is added very low on the chassis and between the axles, so its effect on handling is minimal). All-wheel drive vehicles force their front tires to compromise a balance between acceleration, turning, and braking duties, but rear-wheel-drive vehicles free up the front tires to only focus on direction changes and braking – from the driver’s seat, this feels more responsive and tactile. Traditional rear-wheel drive driving dynamics, which allow oversteer to be effortless induced with the accelerator pedal, are also more natural for a driving enthusiast. And further contributing to its handling prowess is that the Taycan has the lowest center of gravity of any road-legal Porsche.

The standard Taycan has the most attractive pricing and strongest resale value

Taycan pricing ranges from about $83,000 (standard Taycan) to $185,000 (Taycan Turbo S). A well-equipped standard Taycan, with my recommendations of Performance Battery Plus, Adaptive Air Suspension with Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM), Rear Axle Steer, and Porsche Surface Coated Brakes (PSCB), and a few conveniences should come in around $110,000 – very reasonable considering that Turbo S buyers frequently spend double that amount. Standard Porsche models also often have stronger resale value, in terms of percentage of original sales prices, as the flagship models help to keep their values afloat — making the standard Porsche Taycan a wise purchase for those concerned about depreciation.

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