If Frozen Berry Metallic Porsche Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo paint reminds you of shiny pink salmon, you’re in good company. The comparison is more than large-scale, too, like Porsche and poison mostly muscular and highly adaptable to different ecosystems.
Turbo S is a big fish Taycan Cross Tourism a model range capable of accelerating to 60 mph in 2.4 seconds. The acceleration is so strong that this brilliant specimen feels capable of jumping over the Hoover Dam and jumping over Lake Mead in search of a pair. Relentless traction means a quarter mile flies in just 10.4 seconds at 131 mph. Launch control allows this rapid rise, unlocking a full 750 horsepower from dual electric motors. Answer the urgency, and there will still be 616 horsepower and 774 pound-feet. Having such available instantaneous power recalibrates the concept of what is possible. Is this a bad light that you can never make before it changes? No longer a problem. Going around the caravan of travelers in the left lane on the interstate route? Done before you finish reading this sentence. We may continue to object that Porsche uses the word Turbo on EV, but the result cannot be denied.
We found that most other performance metrics are equally similar to the Turbo. The giant Pirelli P Zero Elect 265 / 35ZR-21 front and 305 / 30ZR-21 rear tires are just as durable as the meaty ones, providing traction on the lift at 0.98 g. And when it comes time to drop anchor, G-Force press you hard against the seat belt. With Turbo carbon-ceramic brake rotors (16.5 inches at the front, 16.1 inches at the rear), compressed 10-piston front and 4-piston rear calipers, the speed disappears faster than a fish gliding through your fingers. It only takes 152 feet to stop at 70 mph – an impressive figure, even if it’s not as good as Taycan 4S 2020 we protested. With the same adjustment of tires and brakes, this version stopped at 147 feet and also pulled 1.03 g on the lift.
We tend to consider the difference in weight. With a 83.7 kW / h battery located under its floor, the Turbo S strains the line by 5,294 pounds, like a whale, compared to 5,128 pounds in the 4S. Despite the large battery, the EPA estimates the Turbo S Cross Turismo’s power reserve of just 202 miles, and overall performance is just as disappointing at 74/73 MPGe per city / highway. On the street we were able to do a little better, averaging 83 MPGe per charge. However, make it a few strong pulls, and Cross Turismo will quickly remove its electrons.
The anodrome side is reflected in Cross Turismo’s ability to move easily through a variety of terrain. This is a member of the Taycan family for outdoor recreation, as evidenced by the seemingly necessary chunky black plastic cladding, applied under the bumpers and wheel arches. But direct Cross Turismo on a dirt road and these visual cues will go from ersatz to substantial. The five-position air suspension at full tension can provide a ground clearance of 6.9 inches, which is enough to move on many trash-strewn tracks. The ascent to the hill is effortless and dramatic thanks to the instant, rich torque on all four wheels. A special Gravel mode will help you uncover your inner Sebastian Loeb with suspension, traffic and clutch settings optimized for maximum performance on loose surfaces.
Although every Taycan is a hatchback, the Cross Turismo profile, as a station wagon, suggests a more practical and focused nature. Standard roof rails can accommodate a variety of adventure equipment, as well as an accessible bike rack mounted at the rear. However, the look can be deceptive: having just 14 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats, the cargo volume in the Turbo S is no better than that of its sedan siblings without the Turbo. (The Bon-Turbo Cross Turismos has a slightly more spacious 16 cubic feet when equipped with a base audio system.) The proportions of the long roof really pay off for rear seat passengers, who benefit from an additional 3.6 inches of headroom compared to the sedan. The legroom is another matter, with only a paltry 32.0 inches available. Not only is it much smaller than the spacious Lucid Air (37.5 inches), it is also denser than the Audi A3 (35.1). The result is space for stretching in height despite the 114.3-inch Cross Turismo wheelbase.
In the front the comfort is noticeably better, even if the ergonomics are very simple. The switch is inconveniently located under the dashboard and closed by the steering wheel. Removing items from the center console is prevented by the armrest cover, which does not remain in the fully open position. In the afternoon the panoramic glass roof practically does not protect from glare of the sun. Light control is now available on some Taycan models, which should help. At night, the cabin is covered by light emitted by multiple screens on the dashboard, including a 10.9-inch screen for the front passenger included in the technology package ($ 4,940). Even with the darkest settings, light pollution is annoying at best and distracting at worst. We were also disappointed with the poor sound quality of the Bose audio system, with the only noticeable bass coming from the fake engine sound. With just 65 decibels measured at 70 mph, the quiet Cross Turismo environment is the perfect sound stage for superb audio and makes the Burmester system ($ 5,810) a useful upgrade.
After all, six thousand is a drop compared to the proven price of our Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo at $ 204,570. Is the Turbo S the same big premium compared to the Turbo or 4S? It depends on whether you are worth the extra horsepower and a faster 60 mph. But as any experienced swimmer knows, only the fastest to the destination will win.
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