Official: 2020 Porsche Taycan 4S Has Less Range Than Tesla

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It's the most efficient Porsche Taycan yet, but it still falls short of the Model S.

When you consider this is Porsche's first-ever electric car, the Porsche Taycan is extremely impressive. In its Turbo guise, the electric sedan produces up to 670 horsepower and 626 lb-ft of torque, while the range-topping Turbo S generates 750 horsepower and 774 lb-ft of torque, enabling it to accelerate from 0-62 mph in 2.6 seconds.

Unsurprisingly, this level of performance comes at a cost, as the Taycan Turbo starts at $150,900 while the Turbo S will set you back at least $185,000. Happily, there is a cheaper option, however. Last October, Porsche introduced the entry-level Taycan 4S.

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Starting at $103,800, the Taycan 4S is offered with either a 79.2 kWh, or 93.4 kWh battery. The latter allows its dual motor setup to generate up to 562 horsepower. And, with the larger battery, the Taycan 4S will accelerate from 0-62 mph in 3.8 seconds and top out at 155 mph. Now, the 2020 Porsche Taycan 4S is now on sale at US dealerships. Despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic causing disruption worldwide, customer deliveries for the Taycan 4S will begin in the next few days.

"The new Taycan 4S sits right at the heart of our electrified model line-up, delivering the effortless performance and engaging dynamics expected of a Porsche sports car with the space and connectivity that make it viable for everyday use," said Klaus Zellmer, President and CEO of Porsche Cars North America.

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"Even in these challenging times, it is a credit to our dealers that they have developed innovative ways to support our customers. This means the first of the Taycan 4S's to arrive here in the US will be delivered by our dealers to awaiting customers in the coming days."

Porsche has also confirmed the Taycan 4S has an EPA estimated range of 203 miles, making it the most efficient version of the Taycan. For comparison, the EPA rates the Turbo and Turbo S at 201 and 192 miles respectively. It still falls short of the Tesla Model S, however, which offers up to 373 miles of range.

However, our independent tests suggest the EPA's ratings could be rather conservative. A Porsche dealer told us that the Taycan could last around 300 miles on a single charge, if you can resist planting your foot to the floor.

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