Porsche unveils a third Taycan, and it’s the most affordable yet
Less than six weeks after Porsche announced its all-electric bullet that is the Taycan, it has now announced a third option in the new futuristic family, and it’s one you may actually be able to afford.
Starting at a price of US $103,800, the newly-unveiled Taycan 4S is by no means cheap, though it is a hefty chunk less than its speedier siblings. The Turbo and Turbo S are US $153,000 and US $187,000 respectively.
With the 4S you still get all the bragging rights of owning the most modern Porsche on the market. Like the Turbo model, it features a twin electric motor, with the 4S system packing more than 552 horsepower (hp), there is however a Performance Battery option bumping that up to 563 hp reports Motor1.
The 4S will have a 155 miles per hour (mph) top speed and can hit 60 mph in 3.8 seconds. The base Tesla Model S has the same top speed and hits 60 just 0.1 seconds faster. The 4S is only a tad slower than the Turbo versions, which both top out at around 161 mph. The Turbo S however does reach 60 mph a full second faster than the 4S.
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Say hello to the newest Taycan member, the Taycan 4S. Available in two battery sizes, the third derivative of the sports saloon offers up to 420 kW (571 PS). What’s your reaction to the 4S in Frozenblue Metallic? #Porsche #Taycan #Taycan4S #FrozenBlueMetallic _ Taycan 4S with Performance battery: combined electrical power consumption 24.6 kWh/100 km; combined CO2 emissions 0 g/km // Taycan 4S with Performance battery Plus: combined electrical power consumption 25.6 kWh/100 km; combined CO2 emissions 0 g/km
Stylistically the only difference you’ll find in the 4S and the Turbos is the badge, obviously. Other than that, all three models appear identical, a look which we’ve described as a cross between Porsche’s 911 models and its Panamera sedan models.
It’s pricing of just over US $100,000 puts it far closer to the price range of Teslas, with the Tesla Model S Performance starting at US $99,990, a far smaller disparity than between the Model S and the Turbo S.
Porsche hasn't said how quickly the standard battery can recharge, but the US $6,580 Performance Battery setup can still go from five to 80 percent in just 22.5 minutes. The entry level Taycan will come with three years of free charging (up to 30 minutes per session) at Electrify America chargers assures Motor1.
The car is expected to hit markets by spring of 2020, around the same time as the Turbos.