4S 4dr All-wheel Drive Sedan
2020 Porsche Taycan

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SANTA ANA, Calif. – I must admit that I was a bit nervous when I began my EV test loop in the 2020 Porsche Taycan 4S, the ink barely dry on its EPA range rating of 203 miles. I’d run this very same test some two months ago in a 2020 Porsche Taycan Turbo, and the result of that prior test was remarkable. Perhaps too remarkable. The Taycan Turbo, which had been rated at 201 miles, not only completed my 209.2 mile course, but did so with 78 miles left over. Those two numbers added up to a projected range of 287.2 miles, which represented a 42.9% shellacking of its official range number. Numerous past runnings of my EV test loop had confirmed the validity of the course and test methodology, but nevertheless, the prospect remained in the back of my mind that the Taycan’s result was somehow a fluke. Would this second test let the air out of the balloon? I became more uncertain as the test unfolded. Road closures forced me to double back and extend my route slightly. Damp weather moistened the course to the point where tire spray was present for about 10 miles. Abnormally light traffic raised my average speed by 1 mph. And the Taycan 4S test car was fitted with the Turbo’s wider tire package, negating the potential rolling resistance benefits of the standard 4S rubber. As it turned out, I had absolutely nothing to worry about. The 2020 Porsche Taycan 4S covered 213.5 miles this time, and it finished the day with 87 miles left over. Those figures add up to an astounding projected range of 300.5 miles — a full 48% and a whopping 97.5 miles better than its rating. This doesn’t just back up my prior result, it underlines it and makes it bold. The Taycan, be it the Turbo or now 4S, can grossly exceed its EPA ratings while driving in a normal manner.  This result in the Taycan 4S is possible because all early-build cars are being made with the larger 93.4-kilowatt-hour (kWh) battery option that is the standard offering on Turbo models. These early 4S cars also come with a glass roof and an intelligent home charge cord, bringing the starting price up to $114,340 with destination included. The true base 4S and its 79.2-kWh battery won’t be built for some time, so we won’t know its official range (172-175, I’m guessing) until later. But we do know it’ll have a normal steel roof and will start at $105,150. That base 4S also rides on 19-inch wheels and slightly narrower tires, it comes with good-sized six-piston Brembo front brake calipers and has a lower grade of LED headlights. But to look at it, my glass-topped 4S test car is almost indistinguishable from a Turbo. It's fitted with the aforementioned Turbo-spec 20-inch tire-and-wheel combo and LED Matrix headlights, and it could just as easily have had the Turbo’s humongoid 10-piston calipers if someone had ticked another box on …
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SANTA ANA, Calif. – I must admit that I was a bit nervous when I began my EV test loop in the 2020 Porsche Taycan 4S, the ink barely dry on its EPA range rating of 203 miles. I’d run this very same test some two months ago in a 2020 Porsche Taycan Turbo, and the result of that prior test was remarkable. Perhaps too remarkable. The Taycan Turbo, which had been rated at 201 miles, not only completed my 209.2 mile course, but did so with 78 miles left over. Those two numbers added up to a projected range of 287.2 miles, which represented a 42.9% shellacking of its official range number. Numerous past runnings of my EV test loop had confirmed the validity of the course and test methodology, but nevertheless, the prospect remained in the back of my mind that the Taycan’s result was somehow a fluke. Would this second test let the air out of the balloon? I became more uncertain as the test unfolded. Road closures forced me to double back and extend my route slightly. Damp weather moistened the course to the point where tire spray was present for about 10 miles. Abnormally light traffic raised my average speed by 1 mph. And the Taycan 4S test car was fitted with the Turbo’s wider tire package, negating the potential rolling resistance benefits of the standard 4S rubber. As it turned out, I had absolutely nothing to worry about. The 2020 Porsche Taycan 4S covered 213.5 miles this time, and it finished the day with 87 miles left over. Those figures add up to an astounding projected range of 300.5 miles — a full 48% and a whopping 97.5 miles better than its rating. This doesn’t just back up my prior result, it underlines it and makes it bold. The Taycan, be it the Turbo or now 4S, can grossly exceed its EPA ratings while driving in a normal manner.  This result in the Taycan 4S is possible because all early-build cars are being made with the larger 93.4-kilowatt-hour (kWh) battery option that is the standard offering on Turbo models. These early 4S cars also come with a glass roof and an intelligent home charge cord, bringing the starting price up to $114,340 with destination included. The true base 4S and its 79.2-kWh battery won’t be built for some time, so we won’t know its official range (172-175, I’m guessing) until later. But we do know it’ll have a normal steel roof and will start at $105,150. That base 4S also rides on 19-inch wheels and slightly narrower tires, it comes with good-sized six-piston Brembo front brake calipers and has a lower grade of LED headlights. But to look at it, my glass-topped 4S test car is almost indistinguishable from a Turbo. It's fitted with the aforementioned Turbo-spec 20-inch tire-and-wheel combo and LED Matrix headlights, and it could just as easily have had the Turbo’s humongoid 10-piston calipers if someone had ticked another box on …
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Engine
MPG 68 City / 71 Hwy
Seating 4 Passengers
Transmission 2-spd auto
Power 429 @ rpm
Drivetrain all wheel
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