A lower-priced variant of Porsche’s first battery-electric sports car will make its global debut Wednesday at the Los Angeles Auto Show.
The Porsche Taycan 4S, which starts at $105,150, including shipping, will arrive at U.S. dealerships in the second quarter of next year. It is one of four variants of the EV.
Porsche, starting in December, will launch the high-powered, high-priced Turbo and Turbo S versions of the Taycan. Those models will start at $154,860 and $188,960. Prices include shipping. A base Taycan, priced below $100,000, is expected around fall next year.
The 4S is available in two battery sizes: a standard 79.2-kilowatt-hour battery that delivers up to 522 hp and an optional 93.4-kWh battery that delivers up to 562 hp.
At market launch, the Taycan 4S will only be available with the larger battery, increasing the base price for the initial set of Taycan 4S’s to $114,340, including destination.
The Taycan 4S accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds and has a top track speed of 155 mph.
The 4S has design elements that set it apart from its siblings, including 19-inch Taycan S Aero wheels, brake calipers painted in red, and a front fascia with new geometry, side skirts and rear diffuser in black.
With the Taycan, Porsche carried over its performance-car DNA to the electric powertrain.
“The Taycan drives like a Porsche; it looks like a Porsche; it smells like a Porsche, and it does have the Porsche soul in it — even though it has an electric drivetrain,” Stefan Weckbach, the Taycan’s head of development, said this year.
The Taycan sports a two-speed transmission, which delivers greater acceleration from a standing start while ensuring high efficiency and power reserves while the car travels at high speeds, the automaker said.
The Taycan not only drives fast, it recharges quickly.
It is the first production vehicle capable of charging at 800 volts, and it can refill the 93.4-kWh lithium ion battery from 5 to 80 percent in 22.5 minutes using a high-power charger, with a maximum charging capacity of 270 kilowatts.