Since the Audi e-tron GT Concept made its official debut, fans have been very curious as to what would power it once it reaches production. Knowing that it shares its chassis and tech with the newly-released Porsche Taycan Turbo, it was expected to have some serious firepower, to the tune of around 670 hp. However, many fans hoped there’d be a less powerful model, which would hopefully come with a much cheaper price tag. Thankfully, it seems like there will be and the Taycan 4S shows us what it could be.
Porsche has just taken the wrapping off of its less-expensive Taycan model, dubbed ‘4S’, proving that the folks in Stuttgart are stubbornly sticking with their current naming structure. The Porsche Taycan 4S will be quite a bit less powerful than the monstrous Taycan Turbo and Turbo S, packing just 522 hp, compared to the Turbo-twins’ 670 hp and 750 hp, respectively. But that’s still a ton of power, capable of getting the Taycan 4S to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds.
Of course, both its power and performance figures are quite a bit less than cars like the top-of-the-line Tesla Model S but they’re nothing to look down your nose at. That’s still a powerful and fast car. Plus, it comes with a drastically lower price tag than its more powerful siblings. In the US, the Porsche Taycan 4S will start at $105,15, which is around $50,000 less than the Turbo model.
As far as range is concerned, the standard Porsche Taycan 4S comes with around 225 of range. However, a $6,580 Performance Battery package brings the range up to around 270 miles of maximum range. That’s still excellent and far more than any customer will need on a daily basis.
We’re hoping that the Audi e-tron GT will start at around that price tag as well. It will make a lot more sense for Audi customers to buy into a high-performance EV grand touring car at around that price point. Porsche can sell the Taycan for nearly $200,000 because its Porsche, it’s customer will buy it. But Audi should make the top-end e-tron GT essentially what the Taycan 4S is and even move down from there. Figure a model with around 350 hp and 250 miles of range for around $65,000-$75000 would be ideal for such a car.
Either way, we can’t wait to see what’s in store for the upcoming Audi e-tron GT and the Porsche Taycan can give us hints of what’s to come.