LA Auto Show 2019: Porsche’s 3rd Taycan



LOS ANGELES — While the Porsche Taycan makes its Singapore today (November 21st), Porsche is showing the most affordable version of the car yet in Los Angeles.

The highlight in its corner of the show (uniquely, Porsche tends to have its own chamber at LA) is the Taycan 4S, which slots below the Taycan Turbo and Taycan Turbo S models that kicked off the brand’s battery electric vehicle (BEV) ambitions.

Our man Ben drove the 761 horsepower Taycan Turbo S in Germany and praised it for its handling, which is saying something because this is a car that accelerates to 100km/h in 2.8 seconds.

As for the Taycan 4S, it’s available with two battery sizes. The standard Performance Battery makes 530hp available while the optional Performance Battery Plus is good for 571 hp in “overboost” bursts.

Nevertheless, both variants of the Taycan 4S accelerate to 100 km/h in four seconds flat, and both top out at 250km/h. The main difference is in their range, with up to 407 kilometres from Performance Battery and up to 463 kilometres available from the Performance Battery Plus. That’s according to the strict new WLTP testing regime. In more than one way, this is a car intended to go far.

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