Porsche Taycan Turbo S Fails to Crack 200-Mile Electric Range Barrier
The 2020 Porsche Taycan Turbo S, the performance version of the sedan that is Porsche’s answer to the Tesla Model S, has taken a marketing hit from the EPA. The federal agency has posted an official electric range and it’s just 192 miles — not even cracking the 200-mile barrier informally considered a baseline for a practical electric vehicle. That follows a disappointing 201-mile rating for the regular Taycan (pronounced tie-con) Turbo.
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Of course, range anxiety might not be top of mind for the potential buyers of the Turbo S, which boasts up to 750 horsepower and a 0-60 mph time of 2.6 seconds. But still.
Now our hopes for a more impressive Taycan range lie with the newly announced and cheaper 4S base model, not yet rated by the EPA. The 4S has a ways to go, however, to challenge the EPA ratings for the current Tesla S performance and long range variants, which range from 326 to 373 miles
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U.S. prices for the 4S will start at $105,150 with a 79.2-kilowatt-hour battery (all prices include a $1,350 destination charge) and $111,730 with the optional 93.4-kwh battery from the Taycan Turbo and Turbo S models. The Turbo starts at $152,250 and the Turbo S at $186,350. The Turbo and Turbo S are on sale now; the 4S can be ordered and is expected in the spring.
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The Taycan Turbo S range also lags other available EVs, from upscale rivals including the Audi E-Tron and Jaguar I-Pace to more plebian rides such as the Nissan Leaf and Chevrolet Bolt.
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