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Porsche’s world-beating EV now comes as a £70k, rear-driven Tesla Model S and BMW i4 rival. Should they worry?

Despite the angst and trepidation that might have surrounded its inception, the all-electric Porsche Taycan can now have very few detractors either inside the halls of its parent company or beyond them.

The Porsche was launched to widespread admiration at the end of 2019. Its model range has expanded considerably since, now including both the Porsche Taycan Sport Turismo pseudo-estate and Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo all-surface specialist, as well as a special GTS high-performance derivative in addition to the Turbo-badged range-toppers. It has wasted little time in cementing a place among Porsche’s better-selling showroom models, routinely out-selling the 911 and 718 sports cars and the Panamera four-door.

Porsche’s Taycan model line-up is a bit of a maze. The Cross Turismo line opens with the 469bhp Taycan 4, while the Sport Turismo line is currently available as a GTS only.

Back in 2020, we assessed the top-of-the-line Porsche Taycan Turbo S saloon, recognising it with the very first five-star score that we’ve ever awarded to an electric car in a full road test. Now’s the time for a book-ended second look at the lower end of Porsche’s model line-up: at the single-motor, rear-driven Taycan.

This became the entry-level version of the car when it joined the UK model range in the spring of 2021, having first been introduced in the Chinese market. It’s the only one to do without a second drive motor or a driven front axle, and can only be had as a four-door saloon.

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So, having blown us away in £140,000 trim, can this car impress as much with little more than half as much power, but a bit less weight, and costing half as much?