The most recent results reflect a lack of local supply rather than a lack of demand, according to the manufacturer.
The Porsche Taycan electric sedan – which two months ago topped sales charts outright in the ‘Large Car over $70,000’ category – dropped to third place during April 2021, behind the Mercedes-Benz E-Class (106) and BMW 5 Series (69).
Just 48 examples of the zero-emission four-door were reported as sold, down from an impressive 161 the month prior.
However, according to a spokesperson for the German sports car brand, the latest results represent a lack of supply rather than a lack of demand: “At the moment we’re trying to fill quit a significant backlog of orders, and working very closely with our factories in Germany to do that.
“We don’t expect supply to free up significantly until the Cross Turismo [off-road wagon] variant arrives sometime in September or October.”
The Taycan is currently offered in three guises locally: the 4S all-wheel drive, mid-spec Turbo, and range-topping Turbo S.
Two battery sizes are available depending on variant, offering 79.2kWh and 93.4kWh respectively.
In flagship form (Turbo S with the 93.4kWh battery pack), the 2140kg sedan sends a mammoth 560kW/1050Nm to the road, allowing the benchmark 0-100km/h sprint to be completed in a claimed 2.8 seconds (however CarAdvice’s own real-world testing has seen that figure drop as low as 2.4 seconds).
The 2021 Porsche Taycan is priced from $190,400 before on-road costs in Australia in entry-level guise. The Turbo S starts at $338,500 plus on-road costs.
VFACTS: All-electric Porsche Taycan falls from first to third in category during April