Porsche Taycan 4s debuts with less power and lower pricing
Porsche has presented the entry-level modification of its first electric car: the Taycan 4S.
Both the Taycan Turbo and Taycan Turbo S debuted a month and a half ago. In terms of basic technical layout, the 4S is identical to its senior siblings. It still has two engines, a two-speed rear-axle transmission, and other things like that. However, it comes limited at 530 horsepower (395 kilowatts) regular performance and supports short-lived boosts to 570 hp (425 kW). In contrast, the Turbo has 625 hp (466 kW) minimum.
The battery capacity has also been trimmed down to 79.2 kilowatt-hours, but you can still opt for the larger 93.4-kWh Taycan Turbo battery. Given a powerful enough charging station, charging from 5 to 80 percent takes 22.5 minutes.
The acceleration specs, while somewhat humbler than those of the Turbo and Turbo S, are still quite impressive. The car takes less than four seconds to get to 100 km/h (62 mph) and maxes out at 250 km/h (155 mph). No factory-side top speed modifiers are available, and the driving range will be announced later (the Turbos have around 450 km, or 280 miles).
Interestingly enough, the 4S doesn’t look such a poor cousin at all in terms of available options. Adaptive air suspension, LED headlights and up to 5 in-car displays are all available at a premium. The cabin comes partly wrapped in leather, and the front seats have eight power adjustments by default.
You will be able to tell the 4S from its big brothers by the corresponding badges, a reshaped front fascia, and smaller 19-inch wheels.
Perhaps most importantly at all, the Taycan 4S is vastly more affordable than the Turbo S: in the United States, the former will set you back $103,800, while the latter begins at $185,000. The larger battery adds $6,580 to the price tag.
Porsche will most likely bring the Taycan 4S along to the Los-Angeles Auto Show. The company says it isn’t even nearly finished with fleshing out the Taycan range, so more versions are to be expected – some more powerful, others possibly even more affordable than the 4S.
Editor Andrew Raspopov