Porsche Adds Taycan 4S to Take On Tesla Model S

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Porsche is adding a third version of its first all-electric sports car, the Taycan, more directly challenging the Tesla Model S.

  • At $103,800, the Porsche Taycan 4S comes lots closer to the base, $92,613 Tesla Model S.
  • The 4S loses more than 200 hp compared to the Taycan Turbo – but less than 1 second 0-60.
  • Two battery-pack options will be offered.

The base version, dubbed the Porsche Taycan 4S, delivers 429 horsepower – briefly jumping to 522 hp in “overboost” mode – and 472 lb-ft of torque. By comparison, the Taycan Turbo punches out 670 hp, the Turbo S 750 hp, before going into overboost.

The 4S still makes impressive numbers, sprinting to 60 in just 3.8 seconds. By comparison, the Turbo gets there in 3 seconds, the Turbo S in a mere 2.6 seconds. The 4S tops out at 155 mph, 6 mph short of the Turbos.

All Taycan models are powered by twin electric motors, one on each axle creating a through-the-road all-wheel-drive system.

Porsche will offer two versions of the 4S, including one with a larger battery pack and more power. (Photo: Porsche)

The new “entry” Taycan comes with a 79.2-kWh lithium-ion battery pack. The Performance Battery Plus option boosts that to 93.4 kWh – while power jumps to 482 hp – 563 in overboost – and 479 lb-ft.

Like the Turbos, the Taycan 4S can tap the latest quick chargers, at 800 volts and 300 killowatts, going from 5 percent to 80 percent charge in 22 minutes. All buyers get three years of free, 30-minute charging sessions at Porsche dealers and Electrify America stations.

The 4S features a 4D adaptive chassis, three-chamber air suspension and 19-inch wheels. The interior gets partial leather upholstery, with a leather-free option available.

Tesla’s Model S offers up to 345 miles of range with an optional battery pack. Porsche won’t release EPA ratings until closer to Taycan’s on-sale date next spring.


The original Turbo versions of the Porsche Taycan started at $150,000, so the 4S expands its potential market and poses a new challenge to Tesla — which already is suffering from slowing Model S sales.

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