Dalvin Brown, USA TODAY
Published 9:50 a.m. ET Oct. 14, 2019 | Updated 11:12 a.m. ET Oct. 14, 2019
Porsche unveiled a much cheaper, midrange version of its first electric car.
Monday, the German automaker launched The Taycan 4S, which is about $80,000 less expensive than its flagship Turbo S model unveiled in September. The new entry-level EV is less powerful and lighter than its predecessors, and it will be available for purchase in 2020, Porsche said.
The luxury automaker’s latest offering houses an all-wheel-drive layout and two battery size options. The standard battery delivers up to 522-horsepower and the higher-end version offers up to 563-horsepower.
The Taycan 4S can travel 253 miles on a single charge and has a $103,800 starting price. By comparison, Porsche’s Turbo starts at $150,900, and the Turbo S starts at $185,000. The Turbo can travel up to 280 miles on a charge, and the premium Turbo S has a range of 256 miles.
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The new car further positions Porsche as a Tesla competitor.
Tesla’s high-end version of the Model S sedan starts at $92,615, and the brand’s battery life leads the pack. Tesla’s luxury Model S has a 345-mile drive range.
On the exterior, Porsche’s new sedan looks very similar to the brand’s Turbo iteration. However, the 4S is more compact with a redesigned front end, and it comes with red brake calipers, the company said. The latest Taycan has smaller, 19-inch wheels.
The interior of the car is leather-free, to “underscore the sustainable concept of the electric sports car,” the automaker said.
The Taycan 4S can be ordered immediately and is scheduled to arrive next spring.
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