As anticipation builds for Porsche’s upcoming Taycan EV, the company has announced a third, entry-level version. The Taycan 4S will be available with two battery sizes: the Performance Battery, with total capacity of 79.2 kWh and power of up to 522 hp (390 kW); and the Performance Battery Plus, with 93.4 kWh and 563 hp (420 kW).
All Taycan variants feature two permanently excited (Wow!) synchronous motors on the front and rear axles. The rear-axle motor on the Taycan 4S has a shorter rotor: 130 mm, compared to 210 mm on the Turbo S and Turbo variants. Porsche says this delivers more compact packaging and reduced weight.
The Taycan 4S sports a 300-amp pulse-controlled inverter for the front axle, and a 600-amp job on the rear. The coefficient of drag is a mere 0.22. The adaptive air suspension includes Porsche’s Active Suspension Management electronic damper control. When you need to brake, you’ll rely on sporty red six-piston fixed calipers on the front axle and four-piston calipers in the rear, with internally vented cast-iron brake rotors. Regenerative braking force is up to 0.39 g, with recuperation of up to 265 kWh.
US Taycan drivers will receive three years of free 30-minute charging sessions at Electrify America sites, and can also use DC fast chargers at Porsche dealerships. When using an 800-volt DC charging station, maximum charging power is 225 kW for the Performance Battery version, or 270 kW for the Performance Battery Plus version. Porsche says that “under ideal circumstances,” this will allow the Taycan to charge from 5% to 80% in as little as 22.5 minutes. At a more modest 400 volts, the charging rate is 50 kW, and an optional Booster can increase that to 150 kW.
The Taycan 4S is now available for pre-orders, and is to arrive in US dealerships in spring 2020. Starting prices are: $103,800 for the Taycan 4S with the Performance Battery; $110,380 for the Taycan 4S with the Performance Battery Plus; $150,900 for the Taycan Turbo; and $185,000 for the Taycan Turbo S (plus a $1,350 delivery fee).