New 2020 Porsche Taycan 4S will cost you less than a 911
Porsche’s newest EV model will take an 80 percent charge in about 20 minutes
Porsche introduced the third iteration of its Taycan electric vehicle, called 4S, on Monday. It will cost … well, not less than $100,000, but close at $105,150. The 2020 911 starts at $113,000, for what it’s worth.
The new model will come with a choice of two batteries, one (79.2 kWh) delivering 522 hp and one (93.4 kWh) delivering 563 hp. Porsche says both variants will get to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds, and top speed is 155 mph.
The Taycan 4S has a smaller and lighter rear motor than the Taycan Turbo and Turbo S. The 300-amp inverter on the front is specific to it; the 600-amp rear inverter is the same as the Turbo. Like the rest of the line, the 4S has a two-speed transmission on the rear axle and all-wheel drive. It also has the same 0.22 coefficient of drag, the best in the Porsche lineup.
Every Taycan 4S gets adaptive air suspension and Porsche Active Suspension Management, or PASM, Porsche’s version of electronic damper control. Six-piston calipers slow the front discs, while a four-piston setup clamps on the rear. Maximum regenerative force, notes Porsche, is 0.39 g.
With the purchase of any Taycan, buyers get three years of free 30-minute charges at Electrify America locations, along with access to DC fast chargers at Porsche dealerships; in the U.S. customers can get their home chargers from Amazon. When plugged into the big, 800-volt charger, the Taycan can go from 5 percent charge to 80 percent in 22 minutes. Range is still being estimated, according to Porsche, but with the ranges for the Turbo and Turbo S at 256 miles and 279 miles, respectively, the smaller battery will probably deliver around 225 miles. The bigger battery is probably closer to the Turbo and S.
Inside, truly low-environmental-impact buyers will spec the leather-free interior, but standard cars will get partial cow hides, power seats, keyless entry and ambient lighting. It’s a Porsche, so everything else will be extra cost.
The 2020 Porsche Taycan goes on sale in the spring of 2020.