About a month ago, Porsche launched a new entry-level version of the Taycan in the UK. Starting at £70,690, it’s the least powerful and worst equipped electric Porsche money can buy. Power comes from a rear-mounted electric motor with 402 bhp and 254 lb-ft of torque.
The company’s dealers are happy with the introduction of the new base Taycan and expect it to help double the zero-emission saloon’s sales in the country. The sellers want to double the sales in 2021 but that might be impossible without the addition of a new member.
During the NADA meeting earlier this week, the automaker’s dealers asked whether they could get an all-wheel-drive version of the base Taycan. The "competition demands it and the dealers need it," Mike Sullivan, Porsche Dealer Board of Regents, said during the meeting. To that, the automaker responded that it is pushing for an AWD base Taycan but it could take at least two years until it arrives.
The dealers also complained that they need more cars in stock, at least in the United States. That’s obviously a good problem to have because it means you are probably selling in good numbers but the dealers acknowledged "the biggest challenge in the network right now is inventory shortages." The situation seems to be almost critical with the 911, of which more than 1,500 examples were sold in the country in December 2020 alone.
"When Porsche had to make production decisions back in April and May, they didn't know exactly what the world was going to look like," Greg Gates, a Porsche dealer from Bellingham, said. "They were understandably cautious, and that's led to some shortages."