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Taycan 4S, with more than 500 hp, is Porsche's entry level EV

Monday, October 14, 2019

Article by Damon Lowney
Photos courtesy Porsche

Porsche announced a third variant of its new Taycan electric sedan, the 4S, which slots under the more powerful and more expensive Turbo and Turbo S announced in early September. For now the Taycan 4S is the entry level model with either 522 or 563 horsepower depending on the choice of two lithium-ion batteries.

Taycan 4S can be had with either the Performance battery, a single-deck unit with a max capacity of 79.2 killowatt hours and a max charge capacity of 225 kilowatts, or the Performance Plus battery, with 93.4 kWh capacity and 270 kW of charging capacity. The Performance Plus battery is the same as the one found in the Turbo and Turbo S models. Porsche will offer free 30-minute charging for three years at Electrify America charging stations, which is enough time to charge a nearly dead battery to more than 80%.

According to Porsche, the only difference in performance between the two batteries as equipped on the 4S is range. The Performance 4S gets up to 253 miles of range, as tested on the European driving cycle, while the Performance Plus-equipped 4S can go 288 miles. EPA fuel economy numbers will be available at a later date. Porsche says the zero-to-60 miles per hour time for both cars is 3.8 seconds, while top speed is 155 mph. The automaker did not state in its press release why there’s little difference in performance in spite of different horsepower figures.

The rear motor in the 4S is smaller than that in the Turbo and Turbo S, with an active length of 130 millimeters as opposed to 210 mm. The inverter for the front permanently excited synchronous motor operates with up to 300 amps, while the rear can operate with up to 600 amps.

In spite of a slight visual difference in the front fascia, the 4S has the Turbo’s 0.22 cd drag coefficient. New 19-inch S Aero wheels further differentiate the 4S from more expensive Taycans, as well as red brake calipers — six pistons up front and four at the rear as opposed to the Turbo’s and Turbo S’s 10-piston front calipers. The three-chamber air suspension is retained as standard, as well as LED headlights with PDLS Plus, which swivel the headlights as the wheels are turned.

Inside, passengers are treated to a standard partial leather interior with 8-way powered comfort seats.

Taycan 4S is available to order now, starting at $103,800 for one with the Performance battery, and $110,380 for the Performance Plus version, not including the $1,350 processing and handling fee. These MSRPs are similar to a Panamera 4 E-Hybrid and Panamera 4S, respectively. Taycan 4S is scheduled to arrive in dealerships in Spring 2020.

Full Porsche Press Release

Porsche adds the Taycan 4S to the electric family 
New model retains Taycan styling and features at a reduced price

It was only in September that the new electric sports car from Porsche celebrated its high-profile premier on three continents simultaneously. Now, the company is presenting the third version of the sport sedan—the Taycan 4S.

The new model is available with two battery sizes; the standard Performance Battery delivers up to 522 hp (390 kW) and the optional Performance Battery Plus, up to 563 hp (420 kW). Following the Taycan Turbo S and the Taycan Turbo, the Taycan 4S is therefore the new model in the series. The single-layer Performance Battery with a total capacity of 79.2 kWh comes as standard. The two-layer Performance Battery Plus from the Taycan Turbo S and Taycan Turbo with a capacity of 93.4 kWh is available as an option.

In both variants, the Taycan 4S accelerates from a standing start to 60 mph in as little as 3.8 seconds. The top track speed is 155 mph in both cases.

The US EPA range estimates will be available before point of sale.

Innovative powertrain and dynamic performance
Breathtaking acceleration and tractive power typical of sports cars as well as outstanding continuously available performance – the new Taycan 4S draws on the strengths of the Taycan Turbo and Turbo S. The rotor of the permanently excited synchronous motor on the rear axle has a length of 130 millimeters, 80 millimeters shorter than the rotor on the Taycan Turbo S and Taycan Turbo resulting in more compact packaging and reduced weight. The pulse-controlled inverter used on the front axle in the Taycan 4S operates with up to 300 amps, and the inverter on the rear axle with up to 600 amps, further connecting it to the Taycan Turbo.

With two permanently excited synchronous motors on the front and rear axles—in other words all-wheel drive—as well as a two-speed transmission on the rear axle, the drive architecture comprises the same main technical highlights as the rest of the Taycan family. The same also applies to the intelligent charging management and exemplary aerodynamics. With a cd value from 0.22, the aerodynamics make a significant contribution to reducing energy consumption. The innovative exterior design with Porsche DNA is also typical for the Taycan, as is the unique interior design with its upright dash and sloping center console.

Centrally networked chassis systems
Porsche uses a centrally networked control system for the Taycan chassis. The integrated Porsche 4D Chassis Control analyzes and synchronizes all chassis systems in real time. As standard, the Taycan 4S features adaptive air suspension with three-chamber technology including electronic damper control PASM (Porsche Active Suspension Management).

The Taycan 4S has six-piston fixed-calipers in red on the front axle and four-piston calipers in red on the rear axle, with internally vented cast iron brake rotors. The brake rotor diameters are 360 millimeters for the front wheels and 358 millimeters on the rear wheels. Regenerative braking performance remains high: maximum regenerative force is 0.39 g, with recuperation of up to 265 kWh.

Taycan drivers in the U.S. can stay charged up thanks to a three-pronged infrastructure strategy: free 30-minute charging sessions for three years at Electrify America sites nationwide, DC fast chargers at Porsche dealerships, and home charging to start every day with a charged battery. In the U.S., Porsche customers can go to for convenient installation of a 240V home charging plug or charging device. Answer a few simple questions for a price quote, then schedule a vetted and licensed electrician online.

When plugged into an 800-volt high-speed DC charging station, the maximum charging capacity (peak) is 225 kW for the Performance Battery or 270 kW for the Performance Battery Plus. With either battery, and under ideal circumstances, charging from 5% to 80% state of charge can occur in as little as 22.5 minutes. Standard 400-volt high speed DC charging occurs at 50 kW, and an optional Booster increases the charge speed to 150 kW. AC charging can be done at any J1772 compatible charging station or at home, with the included charger.

Porsche DNA
Distinguishing features of the Taycan 4S compared with the Turbo and Turbo S include the aerodynamically optimized 19-inch Taycan S Aero wheels and brake calipers painted in red, typical of Porsche's two-door sports cars. The front fascia with new geometry, side skirts and rear diffuser in black ensure further visual differentiation. LED headlights including Porsche Dynamic Light System Plus (PDLS Plus) are equipped as standard.

Unique interior design with a wide display band
With the Taycan, Porsche offers an entirely leather-free interior for the first time. Interiors made from innovative recycled materials underscore the sustainable concept of the electric sports car.

As standard, the Taycan 4S comes with a partial leather interior as well as front comfort seats with eight-way electrical adjustment and driver memory. Other standard equipment includes comfort access keyless entry and ambient interior lighting.

The Taycan 4S can be ordered immediately and is scheduled to arrive in US dealer-ships in spring 2020. Prices in the US start at $103,800 for the Taycan 4S with the Performance Battery, and $110,380 for the Taycan 4S equipped with the Performance Battery Plus. The Taycan Turbo starts at $150,900, and the Taycan Turbo S starts at $185,000, all excluding $1,350 for processing, delivery and handling.

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