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2020 Porsche Taycan 4S Video: A Refreshing Stylistic Departure

2020 Porsche Taycan 4S

Porsche has a Tesla fighter in the long-awaited all-electric Taycan, which made its global debut earlier this year. Porsche brought the newest trim level, the Taycan 4S, to California for the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show — also the Taycan’s first official U.S. appearance.

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The Taycan has similar visual cues to the Mission E, a concept Porsche originally revealed in 2015 and debuted in physical form two years later. The Taycan has a similarly windswept appearance. Around back, there are conjoining elements between the taillights and big bulging fenders, which looks something like what you get on the Porsche Panamera. Up front, though, there aren’t a lot of similarities between the Taycan and the rest of Porsche’s lineup. There are large air inlets that snake down from the headlights; the headlights themselves are smaller and more rectangular than Porsche’s normal headlights that go up over the front fenders. It’s a breath of fresh air if you’re someone who thinks that all of Porsche’s models are starting to look a little too similar.

The charging door motors open with a wave of your hand, which is a cool little feature. Once you charge up the Taycan, Porsche says the trim levels — 4S, Turbo and Turbo S — have ranges from 256 to 288 miles in international fuel-economy testing; that said, we’ve seen dramatic differences between EPA range estimates and foreign test-cycle estimates, so stay tuned for what the final numbers for the U.S. are.

For the rest of the information on Porsche’s all-electric, Tesla-fighting Taycan, watch the video below.

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