The 2020 Porsche Taycan 4S has less power than the Turbo and Turbo S variants, but it’s offered at a much more accessible price point.
Hot off the media launch of the 2020 Porsche Taycan, initially available in Turbo and Turbo S variants, the German automaker is quickly following up with the more-affordable Porsche Taycan 4S. While the Turbo S produces 750 horsepower and the Turbo boasts 670 ponies, the Taycan 4S actually serves up two output and driving range levels.
Equipped with what the company calls its two-deck Performance battery Plus with a capacity of 93.4-kWh—also found in the two other Taycan variants—the 4S produces 563 horsepower, allowing for a 0-100 km/h time of 4.0 seconds and a Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP) maximum driving range of 463 kilometres.
Meanwhile, the 2020 Porsche Taycan 4S with the single-deck Performance battery has an output of 522 horsepower and a driving range estimated at 407 km according to the WLTP. It also reaches 100 km/h from a standstill in four seconds flat.
The Turbo and Turbo S have a driving range estimated at 450 and 412 kilometres, respectively.
In the 4S with the smaller battery, peak charging capacity is limited to 225 kW compared to 270 kW in the other Taycan variants. That’s not even an issue right now in Canada, but once the Volkswagen Group’s Electrify Canada network will be set up across the country with 350-kW charging stations for electric vehicles, the two-deck 4S will be able to replenish its battery pack a little faster than the single-deck 4S.
As with the Turbo and Turbo S cars, the both 4S variants get all-wheel drive and a two-speed automatic transmission on the rear axle.
From an exterior design standpoint, it won’t be easy to distinguish a Porsche Taycan 4S on the road compared to the other trims, but the brand points out that it will wear a slightly different front bumper design in addition to 19-inch Taycan S aero wheels and red-painted brake callipers.
The car’s interior is decontented a little, but still includes a partial leather interior as standard as well as eight-way power-adjustable front seats and an infotainment system with a single 10.9-inch touchscreen. A leather-free cockpit is also available, as is the case in the Taycan Turbo and Turbo S editions.
The order books are now open for the 2020 Porsche Taycan 4S. In the United States, the car will start at USD$103,800 with the smaller battery pack and USD$110,380 with the bigger one, while first deliveries are scheduled for the spring of 2020. In Canada, pricing starts at CAD$119,400 before freight and delivery charges, with first deliveries planned for next summer.