Porsche Taycan 4S comes with a smaller battery pack and aims to be more affordable.

More affordable entry-level Porsche Taycan 4S launched with a smaller battery pack

Porsche has just announced a new Taycan variant named the ‘Taycan 4S’, the German automaker aims at becoming a bit more affordable and perhaps give some tough time to Tesla Model S sales since the Porsche Taycan production is in full swing at the company’s purpose-built Zuffenhausen factory.

Porsche Taycan 4S is launched with 2 battery pack options, the standard Taycan 4S has a 79.2 kWh battery pack, the 93.4 kWh* battery size is also available as optional.

Porsche calls the 79.2 kWh battery pack ‘Performance Battery’ and the 93.4 kWh one ‘Performance Battery Plus’, the smaller battery pack has a single floor (deck) and the larger one is built on two floors or decks as Porsche wants to call them.

Taycan 4S with the smaller battery size has an estimated range of 407 km (252 miles) and with the larger battery pack (Performance Plus) delivers 463 km (287 miles) of range, these range numbers are based on the European WLTP standard which is famous for being overly optimistic — means the range numbers will be much lower when tested by EPA.

Taycan Turbo vs. Turbo S vs. 4S

It is interesting to look at the differences between all three variants of the Porsche Taycan, what makes the new entrant the Taycan 4S the base variant of the Taycan family?. The significant differences I see are the performance figures which are due to the smaller battery pack and the smaller rear motor in the 4S compared to the Turbo and Turbo S.

Let’s take a look at the available features comparison between the three Porsche Taycan variants in the following table.

FeaturesTaycan 4STaycan TurboTaycan Turbo S
Battery Pack79.2 kWh (93.4 kWh optional)93.4 kWh93.4 kWh
Range (WLTP)407 km (252 miles) / 463 km (287 miles) with the optional larger battery pack279 miles (450 km)256 mi (411 km)
Max charging capacity (peak)225 kW / 270 kW with the optional larger battery pack270 kW270 kW
DrivetrainDual Motor, All Wheel DriveDual Motor, All Wheel DriveDual Motor, All Wheel Drive
Rear Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor length130 mm210 mm210 mm
Total maximum power390 kW (530 hp) / 420 kW (571 PS) with the optional larger battery pack460kW, 500kW with launch control
(616 hp, 670 hp with launch control)
460 kW, 560kW with launch control
(616 hp, 750 hp with launch control)
Launch ControlN/AYesYes
0 - 100 km/h (0-62 mph)4.0 sec3.0 sec with launch control2.6 sec with launch control
Wheel size and design19" Taycan S Aero Wheels20" Taycan Turbo Aero Wheels21" Mission-E Design Wheels
Brake calipers colorRedWhiteYellow
Side sills and rear diffuserBlackBody coloredBody colored
Porsche Taycan CCS2 charge port.
Porsche Taycan CCS2 charge port.
Aftermarket Tesla Accessories by EVANNEX

Taycan 4S Price

The Porsche US website has added the Taycan 4S variant but the price is currently missing from the page, however it is expected to be around $100k to counter the Tesla Model S P100D which is available around $100k and the long range AWD Model S variant is around $80k.

The Porsche UK web page lists the Taycan 4S for an MSRP. £83,367 including VAT — if we convert this price to USD, it translates to around $104,800 which is almost $45k less than the Taycan Turbo, sounds like a pretty good deal.

Let’s have a discussion in the comments section below if Porsche can penetrate the electric vehicle market more with this move, offering a more affordable Taycan 4S.

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Iqtidar Ali
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Iqtidar Ali reports on the latest happenings at Tesla and Electric Vehicle forefront. With over 1 decade of experience in website development, he's our IT resource as well.

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