The automotive world is fast becoming electrified with a host of brands moving towards a future that does not involve air pollution and internal combustion.
Not that long ago, 2019 to be exact, luxury German brand Porsche decided to do what they have never done before - mass produce an all-electric performance car.
It was to be named the Taycan and people knew what to expect. The 4S is the latest model in the line-up with the Turbo S and Turbo models already nailed down.
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There are minor differences between the Turbo models, such as the aerodynamically optimised 19-inch Aero wheels and red-painted brake calipers. Also, the front, side skirts and rear diffuser are all coated in black while the Porsche Dynamic Light System Plus (PDLS Plus) LED headlights come as standard.
Perhaps the most significant visual difference is the Frozen Blue paint scheme only found on the 4S. It looks something similar to the flagship colour of the Hyundai i30N.
Besides the Frozen Blue, it is available in a wide range of standard, metallic and special colour options. Customers can also choose between the different wheel and interior options.
According to Porsche South Africa, the 4S will set you back around R2.5-million, coming in as the most affordable of the bunch, while the Turbo and Turbo S costs around R3.4 and R4.0-million respectively.
As far as performance goes, it is right up there with the petrol-powered big boys. The 4S is available with two battery sizes - the standard unit delivers up to 390kW while the optional performance battery plus package pushes out a meaty 420kW and 640Nm. It does the 0-100km/h sprint in 4-seconds flat while running to a top speed of 250km/h.
It has an approximate combined range of 463km and can do long-distance driving for 365km before it has to be charged again. The lack of a generic engine means there is more space to utilise and with a 407-litre boot capacity, the benefit is there to see.
Porsche offers an entirely leather-free interior for the first time. Interiors are made from recycled materials and enhance the sustainability concept of the electric sports car.
What better way to enter the electric fray than with a game-changing model like the Taycan.
Compiled by: Robin Classen