The Porsche Taycan 4S is one of the most anticipated cars to enter the Australian market. It represents a new dawn for the manufacturer that has previously made the transition from air-cooled to water-cooled engines, before revolutionising the premium SUV market with their Cayenne and Macan models.
However, their success when exploring new pastures doesn’t preclude them as victorious just yet. By industry standards, they’re already late to the game.
There are three trim levels of Taycan on offer: the 4S, the Turbo and the Turbo S. The 4S is the cheapest and least powerful of the three, but it’s by no means inexpensive. Starting at $209,800 drive away, The Taycan range of cars are the most expensive EVs on sale today. However, that blow is slightly softened if you consider that the 4S is approximately $40,000 cheaper than the starting price of the ICEV Porsche 911.
Fans of traditional Porsches will feel at home inside the Taycan. The interior layout takes after the design that permeates throughout their existing line-up. As such, the controls are familiar, as too are the interfaces that help you navigate the various options on offer.
The Taycan is a four-seater as standard, although you can option a fifth centre seat if so required. Interior space is accommodating, although it’s not as big as it looks in pictures. It’s smaller than a Mercedes-Benz E-Class, for instance. However, you get a decent boot, with easy access thanks to a hatchback, and a storage compartment under the bonnet.
Being a Porsche, you expect the Taycan to be on the ball with the performance numbers. The reality is a mixed bag. On paper, the 4S, and even the faster Turbo and Turbo S models, are all slower than a Tesla Model S Performance. However, the stat-sheets tell only half the story.
The Taycan has been designed not just to be fast in a straight line, but in the corners as well. As such, the chassis feels precisely as you’d expect from a Porsche — taught, agile and with a bias towards fun.
As an overall package, it could just be the most polished EV on sale, although you’d be right to expect that from a car that costs north of $200,000.
In terms of mileage, you’ll get around 375km of real-world range from the standard Taycan 4S — this seems somewhat par for the course when it comes to premium manufacturers switching to EV development — that is to say, Tesla still has the edge.
There’s also an option to upgrade the 79kWh battery to the 93kWh “Performance Plus” variant found on the Turbo and Turbo S models, which sets you back $13,600.