New Porsche Taycan 2020 pricing and specs detailed: Electric sports sedan charges up against Tesla Model S

Porsche’s hotly-anticipated Taycan all-electric sports car will arrive in Australian showrooms in December with three grades priced from $191,000 before on-road costs.

The opening variant will be the 4S, powered by two electric motors (one for each axle) outputting a combined 390kW/640Nm to all four wheels for a zero to 100km/h dash in just 4.0 seconds thanks to a launch control function.

A two-speed automatic transmission is also fitted as standard on all Australian Taycans, while the base 4S is fitted with a battery that measures 79.2kWh in size for a 365km driving range.

Available as an option on the Taycan 4S is the Performance Battery Plus package, increasing capacity to 93.4kWh and outputs to 420kW/650Nm, as well as driving range to 414km. Pricing for the Performance Battery Plus is yet to be revealed.

The mid-tier Taycan, dubbed Turbo, is priced at $269,100, but punches out 500kW/850Nm and will blitz the 0-100km/h run in 3.2s.

The 93.4kWh battery is standard on the Turbo, helping to justify the near-$80,000 jump in price over the 4S, which helps it reach up to 420km before needing a recharge.

Sitting atop the Taycan tree will be the Turbo S, priced from $339,100, with outputs dialled up to 560kW/1050Nm.

As a result, the landmark triple-digit sprint is dispatched in just 2.8s, equalling the likes of the Nissan GT-R Nismo and Ferrari 488, and 0.1s quicker than the Lamborghini Aventador and McLaren 720S.

Again, the Turbo S features a 93.4kWh battery, but maximum driving range is cut to 405km.

All Australian delivered Taycans will come with fast-charging capabilities as standard, as well as a three-year subscription to Chargefox’s network, including use of the Ultra-Rapid DC stations.

Porsche is also expanding its destination charging network, which currently amounts to 10 locations littered throughout Victoria, NSW, QLD and Tasmania.

Standard equipment includes a range-maximising mode, 20-inch wheels, keyless entry, electric folding mirrors, pop-out door handles, LED headlights, dual-zone climate control, heated and cooled front seats, and heated steering wheel, as well as a 10.9-inch multimedia system with digital radio, Bluetooth and satellite navigation.

Safety wise, all Taycans come with adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist, lane-change assist, surround-view monitor and tyre pressure monitoring.

Stepping up to the Turbo adds Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus, a sportier dynamic chassis control system, four-zone climate control and ambient lighting, while the Turbo S grade also scores Porsche Electric Sport Sound, Sport Chrono Package, 21-inch wheels, sports seats, black window trims and rear-wheel steering at no extra cost.

Some of the Turbo S equipment is available to the 4S and Turbo as options, thought pricing is yet to be disclosed.

2020 Porsche Taycan pricing before on-road costs

Variant Transmission Cost
4S automatic $191,000
Turbo automatic $269,100
Turbo S automatic $339,100