Combustion engine or electric drive, for many sports car drivers it’s a matter of faith – and the answer is clear. But: More and more car manufacturers are now proving that sport can also be done electrically. Powerful engines and immediately gripping torque speak for the Stromer; the range admittedly not so sumptuous with a dynamic driving style – currently – always against it.
And then there are also arguments that are, so to speak, “off the road”. For example, the external impact on the customer. After all, nowadays many things can only be sold with a durable coating.
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Food advertising? Only ecological. Advertisement for beer? Only without alcohol. Advertising for cars? Electric only. The Taycan hits exactly that line; after all, he is Porsche’s figurehead for change. And now it changes again.
After the sedan and the cross turismo, now comes the sport turismo. Not only does it look quite similar, but it’s actually cross-touring too – just without off-road boards and a bit lower. Confusing? Don’t worry, we felt the same at first. He just wants to play the middleman. The one between a good sedan and an adventure break. Focused on the road rather than off-road (easy), but as practical as the Taycan with splash guards.
Porsche Taycan Turbo S to 100 km/h in 2.8 seconds
It swallows 530 liters in five-seater configuration, 1296 liters, atypical for a sports car, packed to the upper edge of the roof. Hardly any piece of luggage can be thrown at 100 km/h so quickly. To be precise, in 2.8 seconds – at least if you have invested at least 187,288 euros in a Turbo S. With its maximum 761 hp, it also claims first place in the current driving range – and immediately amazes us with a range of 302 km on a full charge in the instrument cluster.
According to the data sheet, this should reach 458 kilometers thanks to the new consumption management. Well, it’s winter. It’s less degrees outside. We give him credit. And the current range is always based on the driving behavior of the previous driver. This also explains the fact that after nearly a hundred kilometers of testing, a range of around 220 kilometers is still displayed.
We can’t drive the Turbo S here on Austrian country roads anyway. Speed limits and vigilant cops prevent overly fun test drives. But in the end, we have an extremely practical advantage in terms of experience: we already had the Turbo S in the best test and compared it to the M8 Competition Gran Coupe from BMW.
In everyday life no difference
On the other hand, we didn’t have a “normal” turbo under the butt, but the difference in performance is only really felt on the data sheet and during the launch sprint anyway. On a day-to-day basis, the Taycan Turbo and Turbo S – like the flagship Porsche 911 – don’t take much. The “S” on the trunk lid doesn’t do you any good, it just shows you can afford it.
You can read more about the new GTS in the box below on the left, we’re currently putting the 4S through an endurance test – a real sensible Porsche with decent performance and the same charging shortcomings. Even the basic “cheap” 86,495 euro sports tourer with a maximum of 408 hp is easy enough – as long as you don’t urgently need four-wheel drive.
After all, the Taycan is not (only) about performance. The steering is Porsche direct, the chassis is extremely stiff with little body roll and mannered comfort, and the practicality increases again as a Sport Turismo.
What else do you want? Above all, we miss the robust sound of the combustion engine. And range and charging infrastructure are always interdependent.
The Sport Turismo combines the elegance of the saloon with the practicality of the Cross Turismo. The price advantage of 476 euros compared to the planked version is almost amusing in this price segment.
Specs and price: Porsche Taycan Sport Turismo Turbo S
Motor: 2x permanently excited synchronous electric motor Performance: 460 kW (625 hp), boost 560 kW (761 hp) Max torque: 1050 Nm To drive: Four-wheel drive/v. entry, two-speed h. L/W/H: 4963/1966/1388mm unloaded weight : 2325kg 0-100/200: km/h 2.8/9.6s High: 260km/h Consumption: 22.5kWh/100km (WLTP) Vary: 458 km (WLTP) Price: from 187,288 euro