12 December 2019
Typically, Porsche launches a fresh model in base form before offering the best guns. Not for the business's first-ever electric vehicle, the Taycan. Porsche is building that lineup from the very best down, releasing the seriously powerful (and questionably named) 670-hp Turbo and 750-hp Turbo S prior to the more affordable and less powerful Taycan 4S. But as may be the case with Porsche's gas-powered models, the 4S is hardly a watered-down version of the very best Taycans. It could stand alone.
HIGHS: Unflappable handling, more appealing when compared to a Panamera, appealing base price.
The main element difference between your 4S as well as the Turbo models is power, since it includes a less potent rear electric motor. (Leading motor may be the same across all Taycans, as well as the Turbo S includes a beefier inverter.) The 4S makes a complete of 522 horsepower using its base 79.2-kWh battery power and 563 horses using the optional one, the 93.4-kWh Performance Battery Plus. Although it may not shove you back your seat with quite just as much force because the Turbos do, the 4S didn't leave us wanting to get more grunt during our drive around the Angeles Crest Highway in Southern California.
Acceleration is brisk, and responses for your right foot are prompt. Porsche claims a zero-to-60-mph time of 3.8 seconds for that 4S. That is clearly a ways behind the two 2.6-second claim for that Turbo S (and hardly worth bragging about if you are comparing it to Teslas), but it's still plenty quick. The two-speed gearbox-a feature exclusive towards the Taycan in the current EV space-provides a satisfying shift if you are accelerating hard. Porsche says it could've made this shift near imperceptible towards the driver but decided against it. We appreciate that decision, because it is a fun a-ha moment to have the car kick into high gear, literally. We even found a strange type of pleasure within the Star Wars-esque fake soundtrack that permeates the cabin once you put the automobile in its most aggressive driving mode, Sport Plus.
Good to start out, Better with Options
The Taycan 4S comes standard with 19-inch wheels, whereas the Turbo S includes big 21-inchers. This being truly a Porsche, though, all types of options can be found to enable you to make your 4S appear and behave similar to a Turbo or perhaps a Turbo S. Some notable performance extras include bigger wheels (which range from $2380 to $8770), rear-wheel steering ($1620), and carbon-ceramic brakes ($9080). Built with a few of these options, the 4S exhibited a lot of exactly the same sports-sedan handling we experienced in the very best models. It is a point-and-shoot sort of car: Turn the tyre, also it just goes. The grip threshold is high, and there's hardly any body roll because of the heavy battery power mounted lower in the automobile. It's difficult to obtain the Taycan from sorts. Our only dynamic complaint has been having less brake-pedal feel. We wish it offered more initial bite when driving hard within the canyons.
LOWS: Specs aren't worth bragging about, artificial brake-pedal feel.
While Porsche isn't discussing United States-specific range estimates for that Taycan 4S at this time, around the European WLTP cycle, the 4S using the optional battery achieves slightly higher range numbers compared to the Turbos. Exactly the same ought to be true from the EPA's numbers. The smaller-battery 4S, that may arrive on our shores a couple of months following the big-battery car, obviously will not be in a position to go nearly as far on the charge.
In a starting price of $105,150, the Taycan 4S is really a more accessible proposition compared to the $152,250 Turbo and $186,350 Turbo S. The larger battery adds $5570 to the full total. But considering that none of the Taycan variants can match the considerably less expensive Tesla Model S Long Range's estimated 373-mile driving range, the 4S strikes us the smartest buy in Porsche's EV lineup up to now. Unless you value beating Teslas at stoplights, pick the least expensive but nonetheless quite impressive Taycan and spend the amount of money you save well on Porsche's interminable options list.
2020 Porsche Taycan 4S
front- and rear-motor, all-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan
4S, $105,150; 4S with Performance Battery Plus, $111,730
2 permanent-magnet synchronous AC; combined output, 522 or 573 hp, 472 or 479 lb-ft; 79.2-kWh or 93.4-kWh lithium-ion battery power
1-speed direct drive (front), 2-speed automatic (rear)
Wheelbase: 114.2 in
Length: 195.4 in
Width: 77.4 in
Height: 54.3 in
Cargo volume: 17 cu ft
Curb weight (C/D est): 4800-5000 lb
PERFORMANCE (C/D EST)
60 mph: 3.8 sec
100 mph: 7.0 sec
¼-mile: 12.2-12.3 sec
Top speed: 155 mph
EPA FUEL ECONOMY (C/D EST)
Combined: 95-99 MPGe
Range: 225-275 miles