Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo Turbo S First Look: Porsche Builds A Wicked Electric Super-Sportwagen

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Turismo is Porsche’s term for a sportwagen, and the range-topping Taycan Cross Turismo Turbo S seen in photos Porsche released today will appeal to that subset of American performance enthusiasts who are forever disappointed by German companies that do not export the very tastiest high-performance wagens to the U.S. In Turbo S form, Cross Turismo will be America’s most swingin’ Daddywagen, capable of a quarter-mile time in the high ten-second range, quick enough to match most supercars, yet thanks to the higher roofline, the rear seat is much more practical for family duties.

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Cross Turismo’s higher, flatter roofline adds a smidge more headroom up front, but rear headroom increases a significant 3.62 inches. Just as important, the rear door frame is taller, a great help when leaning in to pull a child from a safety seat, or when a full-scale adult wants to tumble in.

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Turismo roofline is flatter, longer, and adds a significant 3.62 inches of rear headroom. Rear door … [+]

Cross Turismo’s roofline adds a couple cubic feet of cargo space, but the main benefit is a rear hatch that swings up high, so heaving large objects into the cargo area should prove much easier. Fold down the rear seats and Taycan Turismo can haul home the 10 or 15 new rose bushes I plant every winter.

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Cross Turismo adds 98 pounds over the Taycan sedan’s curb weight, a nearly inconsequential number for a vehicle that in Turbo S form has 774 lb. ft. of torque. Turbo S Cross Turismo will hit 60 mph in just 2.7 seconds, quick enough to roast the paint off most supercars, and just a tenth off the time of the Turbo S sedan. That’s some Daddywagen.

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All four versions of Cross Turismos are fitted with Porsche’s performance battery pack, ensuring reasonable driving range. The Cross Turismo Turbo S seen here should have a range just over or under 200 miles, and the less ferocious versions—4, 4S, and Turbo—most likely will rate in the 215-230 range. Highway cruising range is helped by the standard 3-chamber air suspension, which settles the chassis lower at highway speeds to improve aero efficiency.

In Turbo S form, expect range just above or below 200 miles. In 4 or 4S form, expect maybe 215-230. … [+]

Driven with a light foot, the Taycan Turbo S sedan I drove last spring had just over 200 miles of range, enough to satisfy the daily driving duties of Los Angeles professionals like my Lovely Attorney. As rapid chargers sprout in metro areas—I’d love to see the number triple—battery-electric becomes more practical and no-compromise, and much less a societal statement. We have reached the point in coastal Southern California where battery-electric vehicles simply work, though challenges remain outside the more affluent areas.

Taller roofline is obvious here. Rear seat headroom and ease of entry are greatly increased.

Beyond the expected Sport and Sport+ settings expected on Porsches, Cross Turismo has a “Gravel” calibration that increases ride height an additional 10 millimeters (about 0.4-inch), and more importantly optimizes suspension, traction and stability control, and torque delivery of the two electric motors for performance on loose surfaces.

But this is a sportwagen, not an SUV, and thus does not include features like Downhill Control, a braking technology that allows an SUV to waddle its way down a muddy hillside, the brakes locking intermittently. Instead, “Gravel” mode helps on that last quarter mile to a ski resort, or that mile-long amble on an unpaved trail to a Santa Fe holiday home.

Taycan sales in 2020 helped deliver Porsche North America’s second-best year ever, even in the midst of COVID. Taycan sales trailed only Cayenne and Macan. Cross Turismo should build on that startling market launch, adding utility and comfort to the package. And in Turbo S form, this is the most wicked and wonderful of Daddywagens.

All Cross Turismos have a panoramic fixed glass roof.

Mark Ewing has spent his life around specialty and sports cars, as a car magazine editor and in specialty vehicle marketing. Twitter: @ewingassociates and Instagram

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