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2020 Porsche Taycan 4S Offers Two Battery Options, Much Lower Price

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Baby blue Porsche Taycan 4S Electric Car

The 4S is nearly $47,000 less expensive than the midrange Turbo edition.

Porsche has expanded the Taycan lineup with the addition of the Taycan 4S, a more affordable version of its first electric car.

The Taycan 4S is powered by an all-electric drivetrain consisting of two electric motors, a two-speed transmission, and a 79.2 kWh kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack.

The larger 93.4-kWh battery of the Turbo and Turbo S models is available as part of a $6,580 Performance Battery Plus package.

The Taycan 4S produces 522 horsepower in standard form and 563 horsepower with the upgraded battery. Both battery configurations allow it to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in around 3.8 seconds and reach a top sped of 155 mph (249 km/h).

Porsche hasn’t announced how far the either Taycan 4S versions can drive on a single charge, but the electric range will likely span from around 225 to 250 miles based on the EPA’s testing.

Models equipped with the 79.2 kWh battery can be recharged up to 80 percent in 22.5 minutes.

The 2020 Porsche Taycan 4S has a starting price of $103,800 in the United States, which is nearly $47,000 less than the Taycan Turbo. Deliveries begin in spring 2020.

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Maserati GranTurismo Zeda Marks The End Of A Sports Car

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Maserati GranTurismo Zeda Sports Car

There is a new GranTurismo coming, and it will be available as an electric car.

Maserati has announced the GranTurismo Zéda, a unique two-tone sports car that marks the end of production for the current GranTurismo and GranCabrio.

The GranTurismo Zéda pays tribute to Maserati’s roots and reminds us that there is a new beginning for every ending.

Its shifting color scheme — goes from Maserati blue in the front, to a burnished “metallurgic” effect in the center, and finally to a light satin finish in the rear — is said to represent “the bridge which connects the past, the present and the future.”

Before you get all worked up about the GranTurismo ceasing production, Maserati has confirmed that a new GranTurismo and GranCabrio are in the works, and both will be available with an all-electric powertrain. Expect to see them in 2021 and 2022, respectively.

In the meantime, the Modena plant that built the two sports cars will be retooled to manufacture a production version of the Alfieri concept, which is scheduled to arrive in 2020.

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Aston Martin DBX SUV Priced At $189,900, Interior Revealed

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Aston Martin DBX SUV Interior

Aston’s first SUV won’t come cheap.

Aston Martin has revealed the DBX’s interior and announced pricing details.

According to the British automaker, the gorgeous interior is draped in high-quality and was designed and handcrafted to meet the needs of a wide range of body sizes for both sexes.

Designers sought outside advice, including a female advisory board and a group of children, to make the controls and seating as ergonomic as possible without disrupting the flow of the overall interior design.

The rear seats are setup in a way that provides an “inclusive feeling” without making occupants sit at a higher position than the front seats, while a full-length panoramic glass roof and large side windows provide an airy and open feel.

Pricing for the Aston Martin DBX starts at $189,900 for in the United States. The British SUV will be powered by the most powerful V8 engine ever produced by the company.

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2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S Models Get Manual Transmission

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2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S Manual Transmission

The shift-it-yourself gearbox is a no-cost option.

As impressive as the eight-speed PDK automatic is, there are still many Porsche enthusiasts who prefer to shift their own gears.

Fortunately, Porsche has decided to offer a seven-speed manual gearbox for the 2020 911 Carrera S and 4S (992) lineup, including coupe and cabriolet variants.

The seven-speed unit will be available as a no-cost alternative to the standard eight-speed PDK transmission. It comes with a mechanical limited-slip differential with Porsche Torque Vectoring, replacing the PDK’s fully variable, electronically controlled limited slip differential.

As an added bonus, the manual gearbox is 84 pounds lighter than the PDK, bringing the total curb weight for the Carrera S Coupe down to 3,298 pounds.

The manual-equipped 911 Carrera S coupe can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in around 4 seconds, compared to the 3.3 seconds achieved by the PDK-equipped 911 Carrera S. Both models have a top speed of over 190 mph (306 km/h).

The seven-speed 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S and 4S models arrive in Spring 2020, with prices starting at $113,300.

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