The all-electric Porsche Taycan has been a hit for Porsche from the outset and now there’s a range of variants. This new derivative, the Sport Turismo, is aimed at people who need to combine the everyday usability of the more off-road orientated Taycan Cross Turismo with the on-road dynamics of the Taycan Sports saloon. The best of both worlds, so to speak.
On The Outside
As can be seen from the images, the Taycan Sport Turismo shares a similar sporty silhouette with its siblings with a rearward-sloping roof line and functional design but builds on this by raising the rear roofline and extending it back to form a hatchback shape similar to an estate car. That provides a larger boot. In contrast to the other models however, the Sport Turismo foregoes any off-road design elements. It is available with all- or rear-wheel drive and a panoramic roof with Sunshine Control is available as a new optional extra.
With the optional Remote Park Assist, the driver can remotely control entering and leaving a parking space without needing to sit behind the wheel. Automatic control is possible for parallel and perpendicular parking spaces as well as garages. The system automatically detects a space and measures it with the aid of ultrasonic sensors and a camera.
On The Inside
The interior of this prestige car mirrors pretty much all the other Taycan models but, when routinely checking the rear-view mirror as you should, it will be noticed that visibility is much better in the Sport Turismo because of the bigger back window. To aid this all-round vision for manoeuvring there’s front and rear parking sensors fitted as standard.
Thanks to the taller shape, the headroom for the rear seats is more than 45mm greater than that of the Taycan sports saloon. Not a huge amount but it really makes a difference for passengers. An additional 9mm of height is also available above the driver's seat. The large tailgate also means that the luggage compartment can be accessed with ease. The opening is much longer and much higher, than in the saloon.
The new panoramic roof offers ‘Sunshine Control’ that features electric glare protection as a special extra. The large glass surface is divided into nine sections that can be individually controlled. This means that specific sections or the entire roof can be made transparent or opaque. When set to the latter, the interior remains flooded with light. Glass roofs are great but sometimes it can get too hot; this then is a technically advanced solution.
The dashboard could not be anything other than Porsche. On the Taycan Sport Turismo, the central console features a large 10.9” landscape-oriented infotainment screen for primary functions while secondary functions like ventilation controls are on a lower portrait-oriented screen.
The Taycan Sport Turismo is, as might be expected from this legendary car-maker, cutting edge in terms of comfort and the latest safety features. Look at those seats! This Taycan model seats four but optionally there’s a four-plus-one seating layout, adding a small rear centre seat suitable for a child and delivering a 40/20/40 split-folding backrest. The standard set-up is a 60/40 split.
Technology is right up there too. In addition to Apple Car Play, Android Auto has also been integrated into the Porsche Communication Management (PCM) system since the last model year update. As well as the iPhone, smartphones using the Google operating system, Android, are now also supported.
On The Road
The introduction of the Sport Turismo as a third body variant adds an athletic and practical all-rounder to this electric sports car model range. Batteries can be boosted from five to 80 per cent in 22.5 minutes on a fast charger. This also means that only five minutes' charging is needed to create a further 100km of range. Slowly and surely range anxiety is being eliminated, it seems.
As with any EV acceleration is instant at any speed and because this is a Porsche, there’s enough thrust to push all occupants back into their seats, such is instant response from the accelerator and electric motors. Available to the driver are four drive modes: Normal, Sport, Sport Plus and Individual.
As would be expected the different modes adjust settings like the accelerator response, steering weight, ride height and the firmness of the adaptive air suspension. Either way, there’s plenty of performance on offer and the grip and handling are Porsche-sensational. Find out more about this mature and practical electric car from us here at MHH International. Ask about our comprehensive service.