Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo Turbo: a catapult for the trendy gentleman

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GETTING STARTED // We got to know the Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo Turbo, an ultra-efficient, ultra-geeky, autonomous hunting station capable of thinking outside the box. For a very wealthy audience who likes electric sports cars.

Porsche’s sporty electric sedan, aka the Taycan, ended up being available as a station wagon with the Cross Turismo. Direct heir to the Mission E Cross Turismo concept presented in Geneva in 2018, this hunting station wagon incorporates all the technology, the chassis, the battery and the dynamic qualities of the Taycan, with in particular an 800 V architecture, a recharge up to 270 kW , a two-speed transmission and braking energy recovery up to 290 kW.

The Porsche Cross Turismo is presented as an adventurer model, developed to offer very high performance and to think outside the box. It is intended for a wealthy clientele looking for more versatility than the Taycan sedan. It is available, like the latter, in four versions: Taycan 4 Cross Turismo (476 hp), Taycan 4S Cross Turismo (571 hp), Taycan Turbo Cross Turismo (680 hp) and Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo (761 hp). However, it is only marketed with all-wheel drive and the 93.4 kWh Performance Plus battery. The Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo offers 419 km (Turbo S version) to 456 km (4 and 4S version) of autonomy.

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More versatile

One of the particularities of this electric station wagon is to offer a new Gravel driving mode which acts on the ride height: +30 mm compared to the Taycan, to which can be added another 20 mm of ground clearance with the Offroad Design Pack. The adaptive air suspension also allows the Cross Turismo to lower its ground clearance to -32 mm in Range or Sport Plus mode.

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The Cross Turismo is distinguished by specific front and rear shields, 20 and 21 inch rims, specific side skirts and typical All-Road wheel arches. The rear is particularly worked with a Flyline roofline bent towards the rear, a fixed roof spoiler, a wide tailgate and specific bumper fins. With this new design, interior roominess is improved with an increased headroom at the rear of 979 mm, 45 mm more than the Taycan. The trunk capacity under the shelf is 446 l, which is 39 l more than the Taycan. Folding down the seats, the volume reaches 1212 l. The boot can also be compartmentalised as an option and the rear shelf can be folded and retracted behind the rear seats. In short, accessibility is greatly increased compared to the sedan.

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Prices start from € 96,454 for the Taycan 4 Cross Turismo, i.e. € 10,200 more than the Taycan Propulsion, but justified by the features and standard equipment on the Taycan Cross Turismo, namely all-wheel drive, battery Performance Plus, the electric motor up front and adaptive air suspensions.

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An overbid of screens?

Inside, we find exactly the same number of screens and the same level of technology initiated on the Taycan. Six screens are available with a 16.8-inch instrument cluster behind the steering wheel, a head-up display, two 10.9-inch infotainment screens on the dashboard, the front climate controls and, finally, the rear air conditioning controls.

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At first glance, you may feel a little overwhelmed, but the ergonomics and the layout of each function are easily to hand after a little adaptation time. We quickly get used to the Stuttgart scheduling logic. Again, we welcome the many shortcut keys and touch controls at the ends of the instrument cluster. Even in full sun everything is perfectly readable, but we will regret to discover once the screens are off some fingerprints. Also, the remote screen for the passenger should be reserved for the latter, because it is difficult to access it when driving from the driver’s seat.

The head-up display is adjustable and perfectly readable, but we would have liked the augmented reality navigation to be present, as in the VW ID.4 or the Skoda Enyaq. The air conditioning settings with haptic feedback are precise and quick, but you have to go back to the main screen to adjust the airflows, which is a bit of a shame. Charging information is also displayed on this same screen when the car is plugged in. Finally, on this screen again, it is directly possible to control navigation, music or telephony without taking your eyes off the road.

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Small disappointment that we had already noted: as in the Taycan, Apple CarPlay is available, but still not Android Auto. Integration via an update will take place shortly. And since we’re talking disappointment, we’re not a fan of the shiny plastic material used for the power window control knobs on the doors or around the in-dash gearshift lever.

Catapult mode engaged

During this simple grip, it was impossible to go around all the options and driving aids, but note that the adaptive cruise control coupled with lane keeping can be adjusted in two clicks and offers real serenity on the road. The reversing camera and 360 ° cameras provide wide viewing angles and inspire confidence. On the other hand, you must systematically deactivate the beeps manually when you venture into off road, because the slightest blade of grass tickling the bodywork sets off incessant alarms.

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On the road, the Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo Turbo turns out to be a GT with exceptional handling. If the performance is high with 625 hp (680 hp with overboost), 0 to 100 km / h in 3.3 s, 250 km / h at top speed, the car is particularly docile and easy to learn. The comfort is excellent and the steering is extremely precise.

On the open road, it is almost impossible to determine the limits of the chassis in our experience. On a closed portion of the road, cannon starts with Launch Control allow you to feel the rear waddle slightly, and in just over 10 s, 200 km / h is reached. Be careful to keep in mind that the car weighs more than 2.3 t and that in freewheel mode the weight can surprise on series of turns. We liked the regenerative braking that automatically reads the road and adapts to the drive, although we would have liked to find regenerative paddles on the steering wheel. For the anecdote, the regenerative braking is so powerful that it makes it possible to recover 290 kW while passing in one go from 100 km / h to 0, that is to say 4 km of autonomy. This is more than what the battery can take in charge (270 kW) on direct current!

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Off (the) road again

Highlighted by the manufacturer for its versatility, the Gravel + Lift mode allowed us to venture out onto sand in private land. Beyond the fun nature of practicing off road in silence, it will be necessary to keep in mind that the Cross Turismo is not a franchiser. On the other hand, it enjoys a remarkable pulling capacity even on dunes and other large packages of sand. Gravel mode influences ground clearance, active suspension (PASM), traction control (PTM), torque control (PTV +) and stability (PSM). The ease with which the Cross Turismo moves on roads and rough pavement is remarkable, but it is not said that many customers agree to put the wheels of their magnificent car at 157,774 € (base price of the Turbo version ) excluding options, elsewhere than on the edge of a golf course.

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If exclusivity comes at a cost, this Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo Turbo is currently without competition. Unfortunately, the long list of options can still push the bill very high with, for example, electric charging hatches at € 630 or the Porsche Electric Sport Sound at € 504. However, at this price point, it offers exceptional performance, comfort and road holding, all engines combined.

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