Electrified at 800V provides both world class performance and efficiency. Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – November 20, 2019 2020 Porsche Taycan 4S BEV Los Angeles, CA –- As Press Days come to a close, the all-electric, 4-door, Porsche Taycan 4S US premiere is now history. What was introduced was performance curb appeal that nobody can touch plus an entire book of options for owner customization. The all-electric Porsche Taycan 4S is available with two battery sizes: The World spec Performance Battery and a U.S. spec Performance Battery Plus delivering up to 562 hp for short periods. From the Porsche U.S. order page, only the Performance Battery Plus (+$6,580) along with a Level1/2 charging cable (+1,120) and Panoramic Roof (+$1,490) are included as a forced option with a starting price $112,990 + $1,350 D&H. The 2020 Porsche Taycan 4S is the speed brands modern day beginning for its soon to be expanding all-electric line-up. Remember it was the 1898 Porsche P1 designed by Ferdinand Porsche himself that is considered to be the first vehicle design for the soon to be Porsche brand over 120 years ago. The P1 was actually created for another auto maker and resembles an electrified horse-drawn carriage. Equipped with a 3 hp electric motor with an overboost function providing up to 5 hp for a very short period of time. Its power was directed through a 12-speed transmission with six dedicated forward gears, two reverse, and four to brake, it had a top speed of 21 mph while in its overboost/overcharged mode and a total all-electric range of approximately 49 miles. On September 28, 1899, Ferdinand Porsche entered the Berlin road race with the P1, where it won the gold medal and crossed the finish line 18 minutes before the next car. During that race, it came out on top with another accolade. That being the lowest energy consumption vehicle entered in urban traffic. 1898 Porsche P1 Back to the present, the 2020 Porsche Taycan 4S with the two-layer 93.4 kWh Performance Battery Plus onboard with an 800V output provides a 0 to 60 time of 3.8 seconds. Thanks in part to a single-Speed Transmission up front and 2-Speed Transmission out back plus an incredibly low Cd of 0.22, the Taycan 4S has a top speed of 155 mph. Underneath. The Taycan 4S features adaptive air suspension including an electronic damper standard. It is also equipped with red-painted six-piston aluminum monobloc fixed-caliper brakes at the front and four-piston aluminum calipers at the rear. The internally vented cast iron brake discs have a diameter of 360 mm at the front and 358 mm at the rear. Maximum charging power (peak) is 270 kW so the 350 Electrify America’s 350 kW chargers will garner some work for Taycan 4S owners crossing large swaths of the country. Placing that level of charging into perspective, the Taycan 4S with a starting SoC of just 5 percent – essentially flat, can achieve more than 80 miles of range in just 5-minutes on a 350 kW DC CCS charger. New owners can access that high-speed DC CCS charging network for 30-minutes for free during their first 3 years of ownership. On a 350 kW Electrify America charger, that should allow the 93.4 kWh gross – ~ 83kWh usable – traction battery from flat to full. I like that spec. While the WLTP range appears to be 420 km, that is just 217 miles on our own EPA. The cockpit with a free-standing, curved instrument cluster, central 10.9” infotainment display, and optional passenger display are combined to form a unique driver and passenger experience. 2020 Porsche Taycan 4S Early Conclusions A lot to like here. That 0.22 Cd is the smoothest aero offering of any modern day anything. The 800V output to the front and rear axles, 2-speed rear AT, and Porsche’s standard curb appeal and world class road holding make it a sight to behold. 2020 Porsche Taycan 4S Like the Audi e-tron Sportback however, its all-electric range and straight-line performance numbers needs work as its chief competitor with its own performance moniker attached provides a 0 to 60 time of just 2.4 seconds and same top speed while providing owners and an all-electric range of 345-miles. Charging on the competitors proprietary 250 kW V3 DC chargers provides 75-miles in 5-minutes and 180-miles in 15. Something else that is inherent in all Porsches is the options list. Consider the Taycan 4S pricing detail. ParkAssist (Front and Rear) incl. Surround View - $1,200 Porsche InnoDrive incl. Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) - $3,610 Night Vision Assist - $2,420 Lane Change Assist (LCA) - $950 Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) - $2,050 $2k for RCC? That comes standard on every Prius... In any case, it looks faster than any all-electric competitor before moving and it will surely walk all over them on a tight and twisty track. Will the entire experience be as good for your daily commute is a question yet to be answered?