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2021 Porsche Taycan 4S Performance, 0-60, Top Speed And MPG

Updated on: October 29, 2020

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The 2021 Porsche Taycan 4S is the base model of Porsche’s all-electric Taycan model line-up. As this is a Porsche, it performs like one too. Its performance numbers are similar to Porsche sports cars of the 911 and 718 series and even handles like one. 

2021 Porsche Taycan 4S third quarter view
2021 Porsche Taycan 4S third quarter view

The 2021 Porsche Taycan 4S comes into direct competition with only one car - The Tesla Model S. Both cars are similar in many ways but Porsche brings a lot of sports car fun to all-electric vehicles. But, how does it perform compared to the Tesla Model S, let's have a look?

What powers the 2021 Porsche Taycan 4S electric Sedan?

The 2021 Porsche Taycan 4S sedan is powered by dual electric motors i.e. one motor powers the front axle and the other powers the rear axle. Normally, both the motors produce a maximum of 429 horsepower. With enhancements such as over-boost power, launch control, and a performance battery, the power figure jumps up to 522 horsepower. However, if the Performance battery is replaced with Performance Plus battery with the same functions, the motors will produce 562hp and will give you torque of 479lb-ft, which is nothing short of a punch to the guts. 

2021 Porsche Taycan 4S Electric Motor

Porsche has equipped the front axle with a single-speed direct-drive motor i.e. the transmission is designed to only move the vehicle forward. The rear axle is equipped with a 2-speed automatic which helps you get some control over the car. 


Porsche Taycan 4S electric Sedan

Tesla Model S





Dual - Electric Motor

Dual-Electric motor





1-speed direct drive (front axle) 2-speed automatic (rear axle)

1 Speed direct drive


562 hp (with over-boost and performance plus battery)

762 hp


479 lb-ft (with launch control and performance plus battery)


The 2021 Porsche Taycan 4S produces 562hp and 479 lb-ft of torque when it is equipped with the Performance Plus battery and activates the functions of launch control and over-boost, which makes the motors to tap into all the power they have. The Tesla Model S simply has a huge difference in terms of both horsepower and torque figures. With more than 700 horses, it absolutely destroys the Porsche in terms of raw performance.

How fast is the 2021 Porsche Taycan 4S electric sedan from 0-60mph?

The 2021 Porsche Taycan 4S does the 0-60 sprint in 3.8 seconds with launch control. This is a number similar to the Porsche 911 Carrera S and Porsche 718 GTS 4.0 sports cars. Additionally, while developing the Taycan models, Porsche put the car through 0-124 mph sprint tests, and in 26 runs which were near the 10-second mark the difference between the fastest and slowest run was 0.8 seconds. That's the level of commitment to performance.

2021 Porsche Taycan 4S accelerate 0-60 mph just in 3.8 sec.

The 2021 Porsche Taycan 4S has a curb weight of 4777 pounds when it comes equipped with the Performance battery. If one upgrades the battery to the Performance Plus Battery, the cub weight increases to 4953 pounds. 


Porsche Taycan 4S electric Sedan

Tesla Model S

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The 2020 Tesla Model S does the 0-60 sprint in 2.4 seconds which is a lot quicker than the 2021 Porsche Taycan 4S that does the same in 3.8 seconds. The 2021 Porsche Taycan 4S is comparatively lighter than the Tesla Model S which should make the car at par with Tesla in the standing quarter-mile run. 

How good are brakes on the Porsche Taycan 4S electric sedan?

The 2021 Porsche Taycan 4S comes equipped with 14.1-inch brakes on the front and 14.09-inch brakes on the rear. The brakes are ventilated for helping with cooling, which keeps them optimized even during repetitive braking.

Porsche does have two optional upgrades on brakes. The first is Porsche Surface coated brakes which are 16-inch brakes in the front and 14.3-inch brakes in the rear both are internally ventilated. Since these are coated brakes (ceramic) they corrode slower and produce less brake dust.

2021 Porsche Taycan 4S brake rotors

The second is the Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes which are lighter and carbon fiber reinforced. They are bigger too - 16.5-inch brakes in front and 16.1-inch brakes on the rear. Like the above, they are internally vented and cross-drilled which help in cooling, little brake dust, and reduced stopping distance.


Porsche Taycan 4S electric Sedan

Tesla Model S

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The Porsche Taycan 4S comes with the bigger front brakes 14.1-inch, they are marginally bigger than the Tesla Model S’s 14-inch front brakes. The rear brakes are bigger on the Tesla Model S with 14.4-inch in size.

How does the 2021 Porsche Taycan 4S electric sedan handle?

The 2021 Porsche Taycan 4S handles well, just like its 911 or 718 cousins, which are nimble and responsive. That is the essence of Porsche - a responsive vehicle with a sporty feel. As an option, Porsche has included rear-wheel steering, which allows the rear wheels to turn a few degrees in the opposite direction, allowing the car to have better lateral acceleration and better turning in tight corners in city driving.

2021 Porsche Taycan 4S driving view

Porsche has also made the electric sedan very comfortable. Porsche gives all the credit to the adaptive air suspension which sets itself up for either comfort or performance driving. During spirited driving conditions, it helps in improving the drag coefficient which, in turn, helps to increase fuel efficiency without hindering the performance. 

Porsche has also fitted active aerodynamics which improves the flow of air to the brakes, adds more downforce, and enhances dynamic driving. At three different speeds - 56 mph, 99mph, and 124mph the rear active spoiler extends and performs according to the driving situation.

Is the 2021 Porsche Taycan 4S good in terms of performance?

The 2021 Porsche Taycan 4S is good in terms of performance even though it is the base offering of the Taycan range. It does 0-60 in 3.8 seconds which is on par with many sports models offered by Porsche and can produce a whopping 562 Hp of power with all the performance goodies. Additionally, it comes with adaptive air suspension, rear-wheel steering, and active aerodynamics that help this car to be as comfortable as it can be while having the same sporty feel people have come to expect from Porsche.

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