Porsche unveils low-cost Taycan EV trim 4S for £83,367

by Lawrence Allan, Autocar UK 15 Oct 2019

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  (Rs 75 lakh) (excluding the £3500 (Rs 315,141) 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 (Rs 1.2 crore) 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 (405 km). 

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 (0-100kph) time is unchanged from the standard 4S at 4.0sec, the range is boosted to 287 miles (461 km) – 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.

Much of the 4S’s technical make-up is the same as pricier Taycans, with two electric motors across both axles for four-wheel drive and a two-speed transmission for acceleration. However, the rear motor is 80mm shorter than it is in the Turbo and Turbo S, while it also receives smaller brakes, down to 360mm and six pistons on the front and 358mm and four pistons at the rear.

Exterior styling changes include smaller 19-inch wheels, red-painted callipers and a revised body kit including a different front apron, side sills and rear diffuser. Dynamic LED lights remain standard fitment. Part-leather is standard, but Porsche also offers a leather-free cabin with recycled materials. 

As with other Taycans, it comes with three years of access to Ionity’s rapid chargers and the Porsche Charging Service. Customers also receive a driving experience at the brand’s Silverstone Experience Centre.