This lower-priced Porsche Taycan is the real Tesla-killer

This lower-priced Porsche Taycan is the real Tesla-killer
And, like the Turbo and Turbo S, this new 4S has twin permanent-magnet electric motors on both axles (hence, all-wheel-drive), a fully-touchscreened interior and, as you can plainly see, the sportiest silhouette in the entire electric sedan segment.

It is, again like the Turbo and Turbo S that wowed us at their Niagara Falls world unveiling, the electric vehicle writ Porsche.

Buy you know what it doesn’t have? The one thing it doesn’t share with its two siblings, the feature that, in its absence is going to wow potential EVers all the way to Porsche dealerships?

The outrageous price tag.

While they did indeed wow the world, the Turbo and Turbo S versions of the Taycan also shocked for their price tag. At $173,900 for the base Turbo and a seriously wallet-challenging $213,900 for the Turbo S, the original Taycans put it to Tesla’s Model S in every way but affordability.

Not the new 4S. At $119,400 for the base version, it is not just a bargain by Taycan standards, it’s almost exactly the same price as a plain old Panamera 4S. Wow! Double wow!

The Porsche Taycan 4S Porsche

Now, there are some sacrifices. The base car’s battery, for instance, is a smaller, single-layer 79.2-kilowatt-hour affair (the Turbo’s two-deck 93.4-kWh affair, now dubbed Performance Plus, is available as an option).

Horsepower is down some, the base car offering 522 horsepower while that Performance Plus option bumps things to 562 hp. But the 4S still has twin electric motors, still drives all four wheels and still scoots to 100 kilometres an hour in 4.0 seconds (slower, of course than the Taycan Turbo’s 3.2 seconds, but faster than every non-Turbo Panamera in Porsche’s lineup).

Range, according to the European WTLP standard, is 407 kilometres for the base model; 463 km for the Performance Plus. The base car’s maximum charging ability is also slightly reduced, with peak charging power at 225 kilowatts; the Performance Plus can take a faster-charging 270 kW.

The Porsche Taycan 4S Porsche

Technologically, the 4S uses the same 600-amp (rear) and 300-amp (front) inverters as the Turbo Taycan. And, in fact, the innovative two-speed transmission in the rear (for maximum acceleration from a stop) and single speed-gearbox in front is used as on the more expensive models. Ditto for the adaptive air suspension, which is also standard on the 4S. The base 4S even boasts six-piston front brake calipers.

In other words, while it is obviously aimed at a different clientele, and we do not have information on the exact interior spec and standard equipment, the 4S has not in any way been neutered. We expect it to be just as sporty, albeit a little less rapid, than the Turbo and Turbo S Taycans.
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