It was only a matter of time before Porsche released a less expensive version of their new electric sedan, the Porsche Taycan. With the first two performance variants already unveiled to the public with a hefty price tag, many of us have been eagerly awaiting additional information on a more basic model that costs less. Porsche has finally come through, and the Porsche Taycan price update looks like it might be a little kinder to our wallets.
Porsche Taycan 4S: Specs & Price
Porsche revealed the Taycan 4S to the world yesterday, a less powerful and more affordable version of the Taycan Turbo and Turbo S. It comes with the same powertrain as its siblings, sporting a pair of electric motors to provide the vehicle with all-wheel drive. It also comes with a two-speed transmission at the rear axle.
In order to provide owners with options, the Taycan 4S can be purchased with two different power levels. The standard version is equipped with a single-layer, 79.2 kWh battery. This battery can put out 429 horsepower (up to 522 horsepower on overboost) and 472 lb-ft of torque. The Performance Battery Plus alternative has a two-layer, 93.4 kWh battery capable of increased range. That one can put out 482 horsepower (563 on overboost) and 479 lb-ft of torque.
Obviously these specs are not as impressive as what you would see with the Porsche Taycan Turbo, but they certainly are not disappointing, either. The Taycan 4S is still capable of going from 0 to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds and a top speed of 155 mph.
So what are the actual price differences? The Taycan Turbo starts at $153,510 and the Taycan Turbo S starts at $187,610. According to Porsche, the Taycan 4S will start at only $103,800.
Porsche Taycan 4S vs. Tesla Model S
With the release of the Taycan 4S, many are tempted to make a comparison to Tesla’s Model S Performance. It is easy to see why: it will be the first time that the Tesla Model S Performance sedan will finally have a competitor on a similar level.
A basic Tesla Model S Performance with no additional appearance upgrades and the Full Self-Driving feature currently comes to $105,990. It arrives with a 100 kWh battery pack, 416 horsepower, and 443 ft-lb of torque. The Model S Performance can also go from 0-62 mph in only 3 seconds and has a top speed of 163 mph.
So which is better? It can be hard to say, since in a lot of ways they are pretty similar. On one hand, the Taycan 4S is more performance-oriented thanks to its manufacture’s background and the inclusion of things such as standard carbon-ceramic brakes. On the other, the Tesla Model S Performance is better for day-to-day living, with more cargo and interior space, as well as increased range. It really comes down to where your priorities lie.