2021 Porsche Taycan electric

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Ranked #5 in Midsize Sedan

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$79,900

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Key Spec of 2021 Porsche Taycan electric
fuel economy

79/NA/NA

fuel type

electric

horsepower

321

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

ProsConsWhat's New

Exciting exterior design

Mediocre rangeMediocre range

All-new base model with a single motor and rear-wheel-drive layout

Handling dynamics

A head-up display, automatic body lift, and after-purchase options are now available

High-end interior

A long list of standard features

2021 Porsche Taycan electric Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 1, 2022

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The 2021 Porsche Taycan electric configuration is an all-new single motor rear-drive powerhouse pumped by a 321 horsepower curve for a base MSRP of $80,000. Capable of bashing 200-225 miles of range in a go with its 9.5 hours of charging by a 9.6 kW AC source while accelerating 0-60 MPH in 5.1 seconds with a top speed of 143 MPH, it surely feels lively in its starting years. And, the extended Porsche Taycan interior leatherette touches along with new fine finished exterior colors for the 2021 Taycan will get you stuck at it at first glance. 

2021 Porsche Taycan Electric For Sale

The 2021 Porsche Taycan has been a power performance at your disposal that can be availed at a lease deal of $999/month paid for the next 36 months with a down payment of $10,998. And a destination fee of $1,350 is also there in that finance sheet. 

2021 Porsche Taycan Electric Buying Advice

The 2021 Porsche Taycan has been introduced with the same dynamics as that of its successor. Since the 2022 Porsche Taycan tends to have a little better aesthetic customization on offer along with other newly added optional features and specs, one might incline towards it more than the 2021 Taycan. Also, you can go for the used Porsche Taycan having price tags of $132,900 and $182,500. 

2021 Porsche Taycan electric Latest Updates

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The Porsche Taycan 2021 has been released for sale to be a fierce contender for the Tesla Model S which has 2 seconds faster 0-60 MPH and 152 MPH thrusting Audi e-Tron Sportback. And it does so quite comfortably with its optional power surge of up to 469 hp. Being in the production belt with its siblings such as Turbo S at $185,0004S costing $103,800, and Turbo Cross Turismo, the variations available for the Taycan is simply a league in itself. 


Over All Rating

8.4

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Trims

Base$79,900 onwards

  • 16.8-inch digital instrument cluster


Colors and Styles

2021 Porsche Taycan electric in Carmine Red color
Carmine Red

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

The 2021 Taycan sets a standard in the segment with its inherent duo of 321 hp electric push in conjunction with that exceptionally tuned Porsche Active Suspension Management. The rhymes get even poised as that 143 MPH prowess is complemented by the optional Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus which can be as expensive as $1,500. And so does the $7,310 priced Sport Chrono Package and newly added SmartLift GPS-linked Suspension System. 

 Apart from dynamics just like the 2021 Taycan Turbo S, there is much to talk about the Taycan 2021 such as upgrades in one's involvement once that Premium Package costing $1,320 is employed. While the switch between the Performance Battery and Performance Battery Plus, providing 200 miles and 225 miles respectively, does not affect its general maintenance of $4,000, that sums up the impressive build stance for such a hefty 2021 Porsche Taycan MSRP. 


Buying Advice

The 2021 Taycan configuration is a single trim electric sedan that has sufficient comfort to get you at ease while revving at its top speed. The performance at the wheel is also impressive for this that can get better if wished. The optional packages and features further make your life. So, all in all, it can be considered as your pick when pitted against other Taycan editions.  

Features
8.9/10

The 2021 Porsche Taycan trim level is a standalone electric drive that has been specced with Direct Touch Control Center Console, Porsche Communication Management, and 16.8-inch instrument panel as its inherent interior technology. And, the 10-speaker audio system manages your musical tunes.   

The 2021 Taycan has got the Porsche Active Suspension Management and Porsche Active Aerodynamics as well for a well-defined ride at its end. There are 8-way power-adjustable front seats with heating function and 19-inch Aero wheels too in its standard inventory. 

Trims

Porsche Taycan

MSRP

$80,000

Key Features

Heated front seats
 

Adaptive rear spoiler

  Porsche Active Aerodynamics
  16.8-inch instrument panel
  8-way power-adjustable front seats
  Porsche Active Suspension Management
  Porsche Recuperation Management
  Porsche Communication Management
  19-inch Aero wheels
  10-speaker audio system
  Direct Touch Control Center Console
Engine and Performance
8.0/10

"The Porsche Taycan sedan isn't the perfect electric vehicle, but its combination of driving verve and performance stamina make it the most engaging one" - Car And Driver

The 2021 Taycan has been engineered to be a 321 hp single motor demon coupled with a 2-speed direct drive transmission in an RWD layout. This steps up to a 402 horsepower as we engage in the Overboost Power with the Launch Control. Also, a 93.4 kWh Performance Battery Plus has been placed on the option to kick in 469 hp and 263 lb-ft of torque but it becomes a matter of $5,780 investment at the same time. And so does the Rear Axle Steering which costs an MSRP $1,620 that allows you to have that extra command even on tight corners. 

The Porsche Taycan horsepower seems commanding in its drive just as the Porsche Taycan 4S and breezes in control with minimal drag with its trio Porsche Active Aerodynamics irrespective of its three exciting modes of Sport, Launch, and Range. This, in turn, allows being as fast as 143 MPH on the straights with a base Taycan 0-60 MPH of 5.1 seconds and a quarter-mile dash of 13.7 seconds. The other virtues which assist Taycan 2021 electric in its stable push are the Porsche Active Suspension Management and Porsche Traction Management while the Warn and Brake Assist and Regeneration System confine it.  

Models

2021 Porsche Taycan

2021 Tesla Model S

2021 Audi e-tron Sportback 

MSRP

$80,000

$79,990

$69,100

Engine

AC Permanent Synchronous motor Dual Electric Motor

Dual Electric Motors

Drivetrain

RWD

AWD

AWD

Transmission

2-Speed Direct Drive

1-speed Direct drive

1-speed automatic

Power

321 hp 670 hp

355 hp

Torque

N/A N/A

414 lb-ft

0-60 MPH

5.1 secs

3.1 secs

N/A

Quarter-mile

13.7 secs

10.4 secs

N/A

Top speed

143 MPH

155 MPH

124 MPH

As per data, the Taycan 2021 is faster than the Audi e-Tron Sportback in top speed by 19 MPH but has a higher price tag of $10,900. On the other hand, the Tesla Model S riles up the ramp with its mesmerizing 2 seconds faster 0-60 MPH acceleration than the Taycan accompanied by a 12 MPH higher top speed for a similar MSRP. 

Fuel Economy
9.0/10

"This Porsche gets a perfect score for being all-electric, but it's not as efficient as a Tesla." - The Car Connection

Having a 79.2 kWh Performance Battery packed under the platform, the 2021 Porsche Taycan MPG economy of 79 MPG3 helps in owning a Taycan range coverage of 200 miles that can increase by 25 miles as we get on with the Performance Battery Plus. As far as charging is concerned, it takes 9.5 hours through a 9.6 kW AC power outlet. However, for 80% charging, 22 minutes are enough, thereby making it a faster Plug and Charge unit compared to other siblings. 

Models

2021 Porsche Taycan

2021 Tesla Model S

2021 Audi e-tron Sportback 

MPGe (City)

N/A N/A

76

MPGe (Hwy)

N/A N/A

78

MPGe (Combined)

79

N/A

77

Battery Capacity (kWh)  

79.2

100.0

95.0

Range (Cities/Highways/Combined) (Miles)

200 

375

218

Coming on the comparison, the 2021 Taycan range gives up 18 miles earlier than the Audi e-Tron Sportback due to its 15.8 kWh smaller battery pack. The Tesla has an even better range reach of 175 miles than the Taycan 2021. 

Interior
9.0/10

"The Taycan is a comfortable four-seater with individual rear seats." - CarsDirect

The 2021 Porsche Taycan has a class interior, comparable to Porsche Taycan 4s interior, on offer equipped with 8-way power adjustment on the front row. The ventilation comfort and 3-stage heated functionality at $850 and $530 respectively for these seats are also available for the Taycan 2021 interior as an optional asset just like that 7-interior ambient LED lighting costing $500. While the 14.3 cu-ft cargo capacity engulfs your touring luggage with ease. 

Models

2021 Porsche Taycan

2021 Tesla Model S

2021 Audi e-tron Sportback 

Seating capacity

4

5

5

Front Row(Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room) (in.)

NA

39.7/58.4/42.4

38.1/58.6/40.8

Rear Row(Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room) (in.)

NA

38.1/55.1/35.5

37.9/57.2/39.1

Cargo Capacity (cubic feet)

14.3

25.0

27.2

Given the numbers, the 2021 Taycan has a 10.7 cu-ft smaller cargo volume than the Tesla Model S and 12.9 cu-ft smaller than the Audi e-Tron Sportback. However, the 2021 Taycan interior compensates for all these with an inspiring Porsche Communication Management and Navigation Unit. Along with that, we have got the 16.8-inch instrumental panel, 10.9-inch center display, 8.4-inch climate & comfort setting screen, $1,130 priced 10.9-inch Passenger Display, and 10-speaker audio as well. 

  • Leather Upholstery
  • 8-way power-adjustable front seats
  • Advanced 4-zone automatic climate control
  • 16.8-inch infotainment touchscreen
  • Wireless Apple CarPlay 
  • Navigation
  • 10-speaker system
  • SiriusXM satellite
  • Porsche Vehicle Tracker System
Exterior
8.5/10

Bodywork that includes distinct styling features, still with an overall Porsche-ness yet different enough to stand on their own merits - Kelley Blue Book

The 2021 Porsche Taycan is a style statement similar to its sibling 2021 Taycan 4S in many regards right from its 19-inch aero wheels to its Automatic Activated LED headlights integrated with 4-point DRLs on the front fascia. Having side air vents and front active air intakes streamline the airflow throughout just like what the adaptive rear spoiler and diffuser down at the end of the silhouette. 

The Porsche Taycan colors radiate in premium shades such as Neptune Blue and Carmine Red and it has optional 20-inch and 21-inch wheels costing some extra bucks. Along with that, we have SportDesign Package in Carbon Fiber too which can cost you an MSRP of $9,560, Sport Design Side Skirt at $1,030, and Sport Design at $5,660. In the meantime, one can even fit in the Porsche Dynamic Light System Plus priced at an MSRP of $1,330 for enhanced functionality. 

Models

2021 Porsche Taycan

2021 Tesla Model S

2021 Audi e-tron Sportback 

Curb weight (lbs)

4,566

4,561

5,721

Length (inches)

195.4

197.7

193.0

Width (inches)

77.5

78.2

76.2

Height (inches)

54.9

56.5

65.0

Ground clearance (inches)

N/A

4.6

N/A

Wheelbase (inches)

114.2

116.5

115.0

Based on the data, the 2021 Porsche Taycan curb weight is almost 1,200 lbs lighter than the Audi e-Tron Sportback which can be a real game-changer while handling such a high-speed performance. The e-Tron has 10.1 inches taller height as well than the Taycan but apart from these, the rest of the dimensions are pretty much the same. 

Some of the other notable features have been listed:

  • Summer performance tires
  • Adaptive rear spoiler
  • Auto-dimming and heated mirrors
  • Adaptive headlights
  • Adaptive air suspension
  • Vertical air intakes
  • Rear diffuser
Safety
8.0/10

The 2021 Taycan has not been given any safety rating either by NHTSA or IIHS as its limited production refrains it from such parameters. However, one can hardly point any finger at the structural integrity of its fully galvanized steel-aluminum hybrid lightweight bodyshell that gets even better with the integrated Porsche 4D Chassis Control. Along with these, we have a few of the below-mentioned features as well:

Some of the safety techs are:

  • Porsche Stability Management
  • ParkAssist Front and Rear parking sensors
  • Lane-keeping assist
  • Lane departure warning
  • Back-up camera
  • Lane Change Assist (optional)
  • Surround View (optional)
Competition
8.0/10

2021 Porsche Taycan vs 2021 Tesla Model S

The 2021 Tesla Model S and the Porsche Taycan are paving the way for the exhilarating dynamics in the electric segment. However, the Taycan 2021 still feels underwhelming in its development of both range practicality and performance thrill. The technology on the inside is also not at par with what Tesla Model S has to offer. Therefore, it has to be Model S for now. 

2021 Porsche Taycan vs 2021 Audi e-Tron Sportback

The 2021Audi e-Tron has got the jolt to excite when seated inside and so does the 2021 Taycan. But when they are compared, the Audi seems to have a slight edge in its powertrain balance. In terms of customization and interior ambiance, there might not be major gaps between the two but holistically the e-Tron Sportback is more complete than the 2021 Taycan.

 

Final Verdict

The 2021 Porsche Taycan has got everything in its realm. Be it either comfort or insulation or convenience, the technology on the inside does not disappoint. Even the throttling at its pedal is justified to a large extent. But on average, its value proposition is still challenged massively by the likes of its rivals that outclass it in all regards. Therefore, it is surely not a pick as per segment. 

Features

vehicle bio
base price

$79900

body style

4dr Sedan

engine type
horse power

321

transmission

2-speed automatic

dimensions
length

195.4 in

wheelbase

114.2 in

width

77.5 in

curb weight

4568 lbs

Height

54.9 in

capacity
cargo volume

14.3 cu ft

passenger capacity

4 Seats

fuel economy
city/combined/highway

79/NA/NA mpg

warranty
basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.


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