Porsche’s Taycan Turbo and Turbo S EVs have needed company that would appeal to a broad spectrum of buyers. The automaker released the mercurial and ecologically-more-than-relevant duo about a month ago to much acclaim—the model variants are fast and thrilling, and they represent revolutionary change.
But, aside from being called ‘turbo’ models when they don’t burn fuel, they’re both expensive. Porsche certainly skews to the upper end of the market, but having more reasonably priced options of all models is of course a very good idea for expanding brand presence.
Hence the Taycan 4S. Porsche couldn’t bring it in at under $100K, and that’s a shame, as charm pricing works perhaps better on the middle floor of the automotive sales room than anywhere else, but it does represent a very significant drop in price over the next highest Taycan variant: it’s about $50K less expensive than the Turbo, and $80K under the Turbo S. The 4S variant, then, is the first reasonably-priced Porsche EV to come down the pike, and in that manner, it registers as a watershed more than its oddly named brethren. And, it’s not oddly named.
It does sport smaller battery options than its siblings. But the standard 79 kWh battery, which can pump out up to 522 horsepower with launch control, is certainly no slouch, and the optional 92 kWh Performance battery brings the number to a maximum of 563. Option the bigger battery pack, and you’re in Taycan Turbo territory.
Add adaptive air suspension, 19” wheels, keyless entry, Porsche’s LED matrix headlamps, cosmetic alterations from its elder siblings that include new front apron and side sills, and up-to-the-minute cabin tech with a new instrument cluster figurehead, and the Taycan 4S comes off as a very capable Porsche EV with its own unique personality.