And there are two batteries to choose from.
The Porsche Taycan has been the center of a whole lot of internet debate recently, and for good reason. Until its arrival, there hadn't been any credible rival to the Tesla Model S - not from a performance perspective, and certainly not from a luxury EV perspective. Porsche's first foray into the world of EVs has yielded the incredible Taycan, but most of the information we've been dealt so far has been about the two most expensive Taycan derivatives, the Turbo and Turbo S. They're both impressive machines, developing up to 670 horsepower and 626 lb-ft of torque in Turbo guise and 750 hp/774 lb-ft in Turbo S format, enough for a 2.6-second 0-60 mph run. Porsche even lapped the Nurburgring in 7 minutes 42 seconds using the weaker Turbo - something Elon Musk didn't take lightly to at all.
But there hasn't been much said about the base model Taycans, the ones that don't cost northwards of $150,000, until now. Over the weekend, Porsche sneakily released the first pictures and details of the 'affordable' Taycan, and they chose Instagram as the platform to do so.
Porsche's choice to name the higher-powered versions of the Taycan 'Turbo' and 'Turbo S' may have drawn criticism for the fact that they don't use turbochargers, but the base models should draw less ire from the internet. They've kept with their traditional naming strategy, though, and named the cheaper EV sedan the Taycan 4S.
The loss of a Turbo badge doesn't mean a huge loss in performance, though. The Taycan 4S will be available in two battery sizes, but it's the larger 93.4 kWh two-deck 'Performance battery Plus' Porsche has detailed online. According to the Instagram post and a subsequent press release, the large-battery Taycan 4S will boast a peak output of 563 hp. Sure, that's nearly 200 hp less than the Turbo S. Even the standard-battery 4S gets decent power though, with a 79.2 kWh single-deck Performance battery giving it 523 hp in overboost state, meaning the cheapest Taycan money can buy still has more power on tap than a Porsche 911 GT3.
0-60 mph will take 3.8 seconds in both variants, and both are limited to a top speed of 155 mph. Of critical importance, however, are the ranges of these base models, and Porsche hasn't disappointed. The standard model is capable of a 253-mile range under WLTP testing, while the Performance battery Plus gives the Taycan 4S a range of up to 288 miles, giving the Taycan 4S the greatest range in the entire line-up. Both batteries are also capable of high rates of charge, 225 kW on the standard battery, and 270 kW on the Performance Battery Plus. According to Porsche, this enables the Taycan 4S to recharge from 5% to 80% in as little as 22.5 minutes.
There are also other changes from the Taycan Turbo and Turbo S. The electric drivetrain is smaller by 80 mm on the 4S, while the inverters in use on the front and rear axles operate at up to 300 amps and 600 amps respectively. The 4S does, however, retain the same two-speed transmission on the rear axle.
There's not much that separates the Taycan siblings visually. The 4S boasts the same quad-LED headlight design, the same LED strip at the rear, and the same aerodynamic and cooling ducts behind the front fenders. The Taycan 4S rides on 19-inch Taycan S Aero wheels housing red-painted brake calipers and 14.1-inch brake discs, however, and the front apron, side sills, and rear diffuser have been slightly remodeled.
Porsche also took the opportunity to show off the Taycan in a new color. Previous photos of the Turbo and Turbo S have shown models dressed in White and Gentian Blue, but the 4S has debuted wearing a Frozen Blue Metallic paint job that will be available across the range.
Along with the detailed updates about the new base model, Porsche also confirmed how much you'll pay for one. The Taycan 4S comes with a partial leather interior, eight-way power-adjustable front seats, keyless entry, full LED headlights, and ambient interior lighting. Prices start at just $103,800 for the Taycan 4S, while upgrading to the Performance battery Plus sees the price rise to $110,380 excluding the $1,350 processing, delivery, and handling fee. That makes the 4S nearly $50,000 cheaper than the Taycan Turbo, which starts at $150,900. However, if you'd like to bridge the gap, you can always opt for insane options like simulated engine noise.