Configurator challenge: Porsche Taycan RWD


Porsche’s first electric vehicle added a new entry-level model, with rear-wheel drive and a lower starting price. that’s how Unit team members would specify theirs.

Personalization is in vogue at the moment, but the choice can be very confusing. In our configurator challenge, we let the Unit team loose on a manufacturer’s website to create their ideal combination for a particular model.

This week, the team is customizing the entry-level rear-wheel drive version of the Porsche Taycan, which lowers the price of entry into an electric Porsche for $ 156,300 before road costs (and options).

Let us know what your ideal Porsche Taycan would look like in the comments section below and the cars you’d like us to set up next!

James Ward, director of content

  • Neptune Blue with black SportDesign package (gloss)
  • 21-inch Taycan Exclusive Design wheels in high-gloss black
  • Panoramic roof
  • Two-tone leather (black and pastel) with pastel seat belts and open-pore wood finishes
  • Bang & Olufsen sound
  • Passenger screen
  • Heated seats
  • Roof transport system and roof box 520

In total, $ 77,000 plus the base car.

Kez Casey, production editor

Really, I would have a lot of fun setting up my Taycan.

Aiming for some past glory to adorn my future-ready Taycan, I opted for the free standard solid black paint … and then went a little crazy with the 21-inch Taycan Exclusive Design rims ($ 9,300 ) and finished them in Aurum gold (another $ 2500 more) for a John Player vibe.

To keep the suitably retro look inside, I selected the two-tone skinless in black and slate gray ($ 8530). You have to see it for yourself – it’s pretty amazing. There’s also a Race-Tex suede headliner ($ 3970) and Race-Tex passenger assist knobs ($ 1750) to match the look.

The crowning glory of the retro feel, however, has to be the open-pore Paldao dark wood and Neodyme gold interior accents, which bring that carefully curated look from the outside to the inside.

As this spec is all to be seen, I’ll leave the standard transmission, with its 240kW / 345Nm outputs, or up to 300kW in overboost – from 5.4 seconds to 100km / h that’s hardly slow. And the normal range of 431km, from a 79.2kWh battery, should be more than enough, so no updates here.

The only real performance boost is the Porsche Surface Coated Brake Package ($ 6,250) – more to get the oversized rotors and white calipers and to keep the superstar wheels clean.

As for the little luxuries, I couldn’t do without myself: darkened matrix LED headlights, ambient interior lighting, heated and cooled sports front seats, a high-end Burmester audio system and the optional front passenger screen they are all classy. In the end, I feel I got away lightly, with $ 64,340 worth of options on top of the base price of $ 156,300. But maybe I could settle for the cheaper Bose sound system instead?

Glenn Butler, editor of the comparisons

So I’m going two-tone for that GT2 RS look. The base color is Frozen Blue Metallic because it tells me cutting edge EVs. So I’m dimming the wheels, door handles, roof and mirror edges to give it a motorsport vibe. But the motorsport vibe stops before red seat belts or a harness. It won’t be that guy.

  • It has to be Frozen Blue Metallic ($ 2,300), an icy color that suits this car.
  • Jet Black Metallic and slim five-spoke wheels for that lightweight look. ($ 11,400)
  • Two-tone, black and pastel leather interior to make the inner punch ($ 8530)
  • Decorative stitching of course, in Speed ​​Blue to bring the exterior inside ($ 9,750)
  • Black door handles for that motorsport look.
  • Tinted LED matrix headlights ($ 4,610)
  • Panoramic roof, mainly because it looks like an RS roof (3370)
  • Thermal and acoustic glass, including privacy glass ($ 2570)
  • Burmester Sound System ($ 12,470)

All in all, $ 69,850 plus the donor’s car.

One benefit of buying at the lower end of Porsche’s Taycan range is that all variants look very similar. As such, I’ve fitted my base spec Taycan with the glorious 21-inch Mission E wheels that instantly make it look like the hard-hitting, top-of-the-range Taycan Turbo.

I picked a sample paint color for the exterior, and even though it costs $ 18,490, it looks gorgeous. I have chosen Porsche carbon-ceramic brake discs (white calipers) so that it can stop as quickly as possible and have fitted dynamics-focused options such as Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus, adaptive air suspension, Performance Battery Plus and Sport Chrono Package.

The panoramic roof and Burmester sound systems are both must-have items – so they made the cut – but I showed some restraint by omitting the Night Vision package. You have to stay grounded in some way.

Alex Misoyannis, journalist

With a shadow of over $ 150,000 before road costs, the Taycan base might seem good value for money (in relative terms) at first, but with features like heated seats, rear cross traffic warning, and anything else. from the (rather unappealing, in my view) basic 19-inch wheels offered as cost options, a custom build can get expensive, fast.

Despite making a concerted effort not to tick boxes of unnecessary options – like those gorgeous 21-inch Mission E wheels, which would have required a $ 6250 brake upgrade – my specific pick still comes in at $ 62,850 above the price. base.

Finished in Mamba Green Metallic with 20-inch Sport Aero wheels – and a combination of black and pastel leather inside, in lieu of a true tan upholstery – highlights include the larger 93.4 kWh Performance Plus battery, adaptive air suspension, Electric Sport Sound, Sport Chrono Package, rear wheel steering, Matrix LED headlights and Active Parking Support package.

I also opted for heated and ventilated ‘sport plus’ front seats, Bose surround sound system (I can live without the $ 12,000 Burmester!), Five-seat layout and four-zone climate control, along with the 22kW onboard charger for more homemade juices. fast. Items I resisted include Porsche Surface Coated brakes, ambient lighting, expensive Mission E wheels, and a number of Manufaktur-exclusive options.

Which Porsche Taycan configuration is your favorite? Try designing your own, using the Porsche Australia configurator!

Alex Misoyannis has been writing about cars since 2017, when he opened his website, Redline. He contributed to Drive in 2018, before joining CarAdvice in 2019, becoming a regular contributing reporter on the news team in 2020. Cars have played a central role in Alex’s life, from browsing auto magazines at a young age. age, to growth around vehicle performance in a car-loving family.

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