Porsche adds third model to Taycan
Porsche adds the entry-level 4S to their electric four-door sports sedan line-up
The entry-level model comes with a choice of battery capacities and power outputs.
Buyers have the option to plump for the standard single-deck performance battery, which has a capacity of 79.2kWh. Porsche says in this configuration, the motor can generate up to 390kW. If the 4S is specced with the same twin-deck 93.4kWh battery from the rest of the Taycan range, maximum power surges to a barmy 420kw.
In the official announcement, Porsche explains both variants dart from 0-100km/h in 4.0 seconds flat. The 4S tops out at 250km/h. With the smaller Performance power pack, the car should cover around 407 kilometres between charges, while the Performance battery Plus has the potential for 463 kilometres.
For a start, the 4S has an 80mm shorter rear axle motor than either the Taycan Turbo S or Taycan Turbo. Presumably, that means it is also lighter.
An Aussie-spec 4S will be fitted with aerodynamically-designed 20-inch alloy wheels, which surround red brake callipers. The 4S has a revised front apron, plus different side skirts and a black rear diffuser.
Internally, Porsche covers the cabin with a part-leather trim. There's also a leather-free option available. Front seats have memory settings and fourteen different power adjustments.
Standard Porsche Taycan highlights
Everything else about the 4S appears to be shared with the higher-end variants. It has LED headlamps (including matrix technology) for a good balance between illumination and projection, large ventilated disc brakes, adaptive air suspension with active management and the concave digital instrument cluster next to a jumbo 10.9-inch infotainment screen.
Australia availability and pricing
Porsche says the first Taycans will arrive here in Q4 of 2020, with orders being taken from early next year. Prices will be announced when the order books open. You can register your interest in purchasing a Taycan on the Porsche Australia website. Rumours online suggest the base model 4S could be upwards of $20k more expensive than a Tesla.
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