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Porsche Taycan 4S 2020 revealed: Cheaper all-electric variant uncovered

Though the Porsche Taycan 4S won’t be as quick as its Turbo and Turbo S siblings, it can travel up to 463km on a single charge.

Porsche’s most affordable Taycan yet has been revealed in the form of the 4S variant that will sit below the Turbo and Turbo S grades when it touches down in Australia late next year.

Though pricing is yet to be revealed, the Taycan 4S could come in close to the $200,000 before on-road costs mark, noticeably more ‘affordable’ than the mooted $300,000 and $350,000 figure of the Turbo and Turbo S.

The Taycan 4S will also be split into two different forms, the Performance and Performance Plus, with the former fitted with a single-deck 79.2kWh battery, while the latter is equipped with a double-deck 93.4kWh unit – the same size as the Turbo and Turbo S variants.

As such, the Performance can travel up to 407 kilometres before needing a recharge, when tested on the WLTP conditions, while the Performance Plus will up the driving range to 463km.

For comparison, the Turbo and Turbo S sports 453 and 412km of driving range, making the 4S Performance Plus the Taycan with the longest legs.

Maximum charging in the Performance is 250kW while the Performance Plus will take a full 270kW for fast-charging capabilities.

Official confirmation of pricing will be announced early next year, at the same time Porsche Australia opens its orders book. Official confirmation of pricing will be announced early next year, at the same time Porsche Australia opens its orders book.

Although both Performance and Performance Plus will accelerate from zero to 100km/h in 4.0 seconds, the two grades will be further differentiated in power outputs.

Equipped with 390kW in Performance form and 420kW in Performance Plus, both versions will drive both axles via a two-speed automatic transmission.

Torque figures have yet to be revealed, but the Turbo outputs 500kW/850Nm and the Turbo S boasts 560kW/1050Nm.

From the outside, the 4S can be differentiated from the Turbo and Turbo S grades thanks to 20-inch Sport Aero wheels, red-painted brake callipers and unique bodykit.

As standard, the Taycan 4S is equipped with LED headlights with dynamic lighting, partial leather interior, electronically adjustable front seats and a 10.9-inch multimedia system.

Adaptive air suspension is also fitted to Australian-spec vehicles, while stopping the Taycan 4S will be six-piston front/four-piston rear brakes clamping 360mm/358mm discs respectively.

Official confirmation of pricing will be announced early next year, at the same time Porsche Australia opens its orders book, with the first examples expected to arrive on local soil this time next year.