When it comes to revealing new cars or new models, the traditional way was to reveal the lower trims first, and then work your way up. Ferrari, Lamborghini, McLaren, Porsche, and even Honda have adopted this standard. But since the Porsche Taycan is anything but the current precedent, I guess Porsche figured that they should unveil its different trims the complete opposite of how it’s been done for years. Case-in-point, they just unveiled the brand new Taycan 4S, one of their “entry level” Taycans.
First and foremost, the naming makes sense this time, unlike the more expensive Taycan Turbo. Taycan is the name of the model, the 4 means 4 wheel drive (which it has) and the S meaning that this is the “Sport” version, indicating that there is still more to come. The pricing of the new Taycan 4S also makes sense; it starts at a relatively affordable $103,800. This price however, means nothing since with all the options selected, the Taycan 4S will run you close to $200,000. Even with no options, our entry level Taycan is still miles more expensive than the Tesla Model S, but then again, you get what you pay for.
Despite the Taycan 4S being the “entry level” model thus far, it is by no means a slouch. With the standard performance battery equipped, the Taycan 4S can make up to 522 hp and sprint to 60 mph in just 3.8 seconds. Keep in mind the 911 GT3 with its 500 hp, 9,000 rpm screaming flat 6 makes just 500 hp and sprints to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds with a manual transmission equipped. If you were to opt for the performance battery though, power would jump to 562 hp and the 0-60 time would drop to 3.6 seconds, not bad for the entry level car.
Now a big problem with the more expensive Taycan Turbo and Turbo S models was the range. The Taycan was built to be a road car, not a racecar thus, the car’s range would be a significant figure. Unfortunately, the Turbo and Turbo S lacked dominance when it came to range. The Taycan 4S’ 288 mile range trumps the 256 mile range of the Turbo and the 280 mile range of the Turbo S. Keep in mind though that these numbers are using the WLTP standard. The EPA has yet to release official range figures. None the less, the Taycan 4S has the range Porsche has been promising.
Aside from these, a slightly smaller drivetrain, different wheels, and a little less leather, there really isn’t much to separate the Taycan 4S from its more powerful siblings. This begs the question, is an extra 200 hp on your daily driver worth paying $90,000 more for the Turbo S? If it were up to me, I’d take the 4S and save the $90,000 for a used GT3, but to each their own. You really won’t be disappointed either way.
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