New Porsche Taycan line-up grows with lower-powered '4S' variant
Porsche has expanded its Taycan electric saloon line-up with the addition of a new 4S variant.
Slotting in below the Taycan Turbo and Turbo S, the new 4S (which, like its siblings is all-wheel drive) will be available in two battery sizes, delivering up to 390 kW with the single-deck 79,2 kWh Performance battery fitted and up to 420 kW with the two-deck 93,4 kWh Performance battery Plus specified.
Interestingly, both variants of the Taycan 4S accelerate from standstill to 100 km/h in a claimed 4,0 seconds, before topping out at 250 km/h. But while the claimed range of models with the Performance battery is 407 km, the Performance battery Plus boosts the figure to 463 km, says Porsche.
With a permanently excited synchronous electric motor on each axle (as well as a two-speed transmission site at the rear), the drive architecture comprises the same main technical highlights as on its model siblings.
The permanently excited synchronous item on the rear axle of the 4S has an active length of 130 mm, making it 80 mm shorter than the corresponding drive component on the Turbo and Turbo S. The pulse-controlled inverter used on the front axle in the 4S, meanwhile, operates with up to 300 amps, and the inverter on the rear axle with up to 600 amps.
Distinguishing exterior features of the Taycan 4S include its aerodynamically optimised 19-inch wheels and red-painted brake callipers. Six-piston fixed-calliper brakes on the front axle (with internally vented 360 mm cast iron brake discs) are standard, while the rear items measure 358 mm and work with four-piston brakes.
Porsche reveals lesser trim grades for its first electric car, with up to 563bhp and 287 miles of range thanks to option packs
Porsche has made its new Taycan EV much more attainable with the addition of a new 4S trim underneath the existing Turbo and Turbo S.
The new model is available to order now from £83,367 (excluding the £3500 government grant) and is expected to arrive for UK deliveries in January alongside the Turbo and Turbo S.
While it doesn’t get the 751bhp of the £138,000 Taycan Turbo S, the 4S still puts out 523bhp during overboost in standard form. It also gets a 79.2kWh battery for a WLTP certified range of 252 miles.
However, Porsche also offers a Performance Battery Plus option pack, which raises peak power to 563bhp and increases the battery output to 93.4kWh. While the 0-62mph time is unchanged from the standard 4S at 4.0sec, the range is boosted to 287 miles – the highest figure in the current Taycan line-up. The Performance Battery Plus also gets a faster peak charging rate, at 270kW to the base car’s 225kW.
When Porsche pulled the covers off its Taycan electric car a month ago, the sports car maker only announced the oddly-named Turbo and Turbo S flagship versions, but now it is showing off a new entry-level model called the 4S.
The 4S is less powerful than the aforementioned range-toppers, but still impressively potent, and buyers can choose between two battery options. The one fitted with the standard Performance Battery is good for 390kW while those opting for the Performance Battery Plus will have 420kW to play with. For the record, the Turbo and Turbo S versions produce 500kW and 560kW respectively.
In both 4S variants, 0-100km/h takes just four seconds flat, according to Porsche, versus 3.2s and 2.8s in the Turbo and Turbo S models.
The standard battery in the 4S is a single-deck unit with a total capacity of 79.2 kWh, and it allows a range of 407km on the WLTP cycle, Porsche says. The upgraded Performance Battery Plus is a double-deck unit with a capacity of 93.4 kWh and a claimed range of up to 463km, which is even better than the Turbo model’s 450km range.
For all-wheel-drive capability, the 4S features permanently excited synchronous motors on both axles, and the one at the back is 80mm shorter than the unit fitted to the Turbo models. The Taycan 4S ships with adaptive air suspension as standard, as well as Porsche’s 4D Chassis Control.