Porsche Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo (2021) in the test

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Electric all-rounder with up to 761 hp … for the whole family

Porsche Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo (2021) in the test-2021

It comes over me on a dead straight country road somewhere between Zuffenhausen and Kunzelsau. The streets are as free as they were on the car-free Sundays in the 1970s. I brake my test car – a Porsche Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo – down to a complete standstill and try to prepare for a start with Launch Control.

The data sheet ensures great respect. How the hell should you prepare for 560 kW (761 hp) and 1,050 Newton meters of maximum torque? All wheel drive. A PSM motor with 1-speed gearbox on the front axle, another PSM motor with 2-speed gearbox on the rear axle. I hold the steering wheel tightly, take another deep breath and fully depress the gas pedal. Oha … tunnel vision.

A study becomes a reality

But let's start at the beginning: After an almost uncomfortable number of teasers, Porsche pulled on March 4, 2021 finally the cloths from the Taycan Cross Turismo and thus made the Mission E Cross Turismo study from the 2018 Geneva Motor Show actually a reality. As was to be expected since the study name became known, the new model is a fully electric Porsche, which is being launched as a raised field lane station wagon.

This is new territory not only for Porsche, even if you don't like to hear the bad K-word there. An electric car in a station wagon-Style – and with it a little more trunk space? Unique! The whole thing paired with increased ground clearance? Even more unique!

And so unique that passers-by keep stopping in front of the car, take photos and are so happy as if they had just seen a spaceship from a strange galaxy. Visually, the Cross Turismo is not that different from a normal Panamera Sport Turismo. And also of the Taycan limousine you should have got used to it.

The Cross Turismo still looks very long. Even if it is even two centimeters shorter than the sedan at 4.97 meters. The main difference is the longer, flatter roof line, which gives the rear occupants 47 millimeters more headroom. And the hold. At 446 to 1,212 liters, it has also grown larger.

For comparison: the normal Taycan only fits 407 liters. The frunk under the "bonnet" can take up another 84 liters each. For bulky items, a roof rack and a bicycle stand for the rear are optionally available for the Cross Turismo.

In addition to modified sills and aprons, the Cross Turismo offers an optional "off-road design package". A gravel mode for loose ground is standard, which raises the chassis by 30 millimeters using air suspension, which is also standard. In addition, the dampers are set more comfortably and traction control, ESP and torque management are adapted to loose ground.

It all works flawlessly and is kind of fun. But even during the test drive in a quarry, Porsche admits that probably not even ten percent of its customers will ever choose a route through the site.

A family-friendly trunk, 30 millimeters more ground clearance, a gravel mode? In addition, an empty weight of around 2.5 tons and a vehicle length of almost five meters? Phew! Like me, you too will now be asking yourself – completely rightly -: Is this actually still a Porsche? I can reassure you. Is it. Somehow even better. Even if different.

Faster than the synapses can process

So let's go back to the deserted country road in the Turbo S. The Sport Plus mode ensures that the Taycan also engages first gear on the rear axle when starting off, and the over 1,000 Newton meter kick in the back when starting leaves behind speechlessness.

No slippage on any wheel, no pulling on the steering wheel. Nothing wants to stop, distract or falsify the relentless propulsion in any way. It is difficult to breathe and the field of vision narrows to what takes place between the median and the right lane marking.

Porsche Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo (2021) in the test-turbo

After about 1.5 seconds, the rear axle engages the second gear and the pressure on the body drops for a thousandth of a second. Before he is relentlessly pushed back into his seat. When you – like me – experience this for the first time, it is really difficult to hold out the 2.9 seconds that pass before the 100 mark on the speedometer falls.

And when you finally do it and then review what you have experienced, you will find that the laughing is due to the excessive dopamine release. There is also a certain amount of panic. Confusion that arises and fear that suddenly disappears.

The 959 of the 21st century

The sheer feeling of happiness at not having fainted also inspired me to formulate the following sentence: Porsche has managed to build an off-road lifestyle station wagon that has a 959 when it comes to the "overwhelming factor"-Could be the successor for the 21st century.

And I don't even lack the acoustic background of a large-volume six-cylinder boxer engine. The well-made synthetic sound is completely sufficient and the calm in the vehicle tends to sharpen the other senses so that you can concentrate fully on the abnormal acceleration without distraction.

But Porsche DNA should not just consist of the ability to convince the occupants in terms of longitudinal dynamics. Think of a 718 Spyder or a 911 GT3. Think of the direct steering, the puristic manual gearbox, reduced vehicle weights and rear-wheel drive. Can you expect these emotions from a Taycan Cross Turismo??

You can. But you shouldn't. But that doesn't matter at all. Because there is a lack of directness and lightness, but in the end you will still be on the move faster. The steering and chassis, together with the engines and the low center of gravity, go to great lengths to melt away the 2.5 tons.

No oversteer, no understeer. Just propulsion and grip. In this discipline, the Taycan Cross Turismo with Turbo S badge behaves most like an Audi RS 6. Even if a little more light-footed and more direct. But less wild than a Mercedes-AMG E 63 S T-model, for example.

So if you like puristic lateral dynamics with the Porsche logo, a GT3 or a Spyder still has to park as a second car in the garage. It's that simple. And that's the way it was if you previously drove a Panamera Sport Turismo, a Panamera or even a normal 911. The Porsche track tool cannot replace a Taycan. But he doesn't want to.

Comfort. Even for the long haul

So the motto is also: comfort. And the Taycan Cross Turismo is perfectly suitable for long journeys. The performance battery plus with 93.4 kWh is standard. The ranges are (depending on the model) up to 456 kilometers. In the Turbo S it is 388 to 419 kilometers. With a test consumption of around 30 kWh / 100 km, 300 to 350 kilometers are probably more realistic. But that's okay, because the 800-volt technology at the fast charging station fully charges from 5 to 80 percent in just over 20 minutes.

Another new feature is that the car can now recuperate with up to 290 kW. 20 kW more than the maximum charging power at the socket. A very theoretical statement, yes. Do you want a tangible example of how much energy the Taycan can capture in this way? If you do an emergency stop to 0 km / h at 200 km / h, a range of four kilometers can be gained.

Incidentally, the interior design corresponds 1: 1 to the Taycan sedan. The upper and lower parts of the instrument panel span the entire width like a wing. The free-standing and curved instrument cluster can be clearly read. A central 10.9-inch infotainment display and a further, optional screen for the front passenger are combined flush under a glass surface. Everything works flawlessly and is just as easy to use as in a perfectly normal VW Golf, for example.

So I glide relaxed and in complete peace in normal mode at up to 250 km / h over the left lane of the federal motorway back to Zuffenhausen. I enjoy the numerous assistants who do my work for me and I enjoy the never boring intermediate sprints again and again.

If only I had 187,764 euros for the Turbo S. Or even a little more than 200,000 euros. Because one or the other feature is of course subject to a surcharge.

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But actually around 94,000 euros would be enough. That's how much the entry-level cross-turismo costs. It has "only" 350 kW (476 PS) and is limited to 220 km / h, but otherwise has all the other features and capabilities like all models positioned above it.

And even if one or the other family member might be happy about an acceleration of less than three seconds, I would somehow prefer the lower price and the 40 kilometers longer range in this case.

Conclusion: 9.5 / 10 points

To summarize such a unique vehicle in one paragraph for a conclusion would somehow not do the Porsche Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo justice. Because even if the concept of an electric lifestyle station wagon does not seem directly conclusive, Porsche has developed a pretty perfect all-rounder in a class of its own, which in most respects is at the forefront of the sports car, station wagon or field lane league and you only get one chapter Have to put back a little bit of lateral dynamics. For once, an advertising slogan for a new vehicle is perfectly fitting: "Goosebumps. For the soul."

Photo gallery: Porsche Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo (2021) in the test

Porsche Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo (2021) in the test-cross

Porsche Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo (2021)

engine PSM motor on the front and rear axles

power 460 kW (625 PS), overboost with Launch Control 560 kW (761 PS)

Max. Torque 1,050 Nm

Gear type 1-speed gearbox on the front axle, 2-speed gearbox on the rear axle

drive all wheel drive

Acceleration 0-100 km / h 2.9 s with Launch Control

Top speed 250 km / h

length 4,974 mm

broad 1,967 mm

height 1,409 mm

consumption 29.4 kWh / 100km

battery 93.4 kWh (gross), 83.7 kWh (net)

Charging time 5 – 80 percent with 270 kW DC charging power in 22.5 minutes

Electric range 388 – 419 km (WLTP)

Empty weight 2,395 kg (according to EU guidelines)

Payload 560 kg

Trunk volume 405 – 1,171 l (+84 l front)

Base price 187,764 euros

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