The electric shooting brake on the asphalt surface

With great technological wealth, this electric car is a fake family. Your unsuspecting behavior will not leave your driver indifferent. Is this the best Porsche Taycan model for everyday use?

specific elements

Unveiled in late 2021, the Sport Turismo is, to put it bluntly, the station wagon version of the Porsche Taycan. The GTS version available to us benefits from a specific chassis package, equipment level and engine power. Its performance is just below the Turbo (500 kW or 680 hp), whose name is a bit out of whack due to its 100% electric powertrain.

Thanks to its 2 permanent magnet synchronous motors that guarantee all-wheel drive, the GTS Sport Turismo develops a maximum accumulated power of 440 kW (598 hp) with Launch Control, for a torque of 850 Nm. This architecture is powered by a battery. lithium. -ion ​​with a useful energy capacity of 83.7 kWh out of a total of 93.4 kWh.

For a height of 1.39 m, this supercharged machine fits into a 4.96 x 1.97 m rectangle that doesn’t make parking easy in underground parking lots.

a very low line

The GTS is the lowest in its class. Its line is underlined by side sills and a skirt at the front ready to skim the ground. Seeing him sitting like that, one can immediately imagine the problems that could pose for such a car to cross the many non-conforming speed bumps that flourish throughout France.

The driver can overcome these obstacles by pressing the Lift button to the right of the display behind the steering wheel. This action will be logged by the vehicle’s software system. It will automatically play on the next passes. Taller by 2 to 3 cm, and Allroad type, the Cross Turismo version is more comfortable in these situations.

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The face of our Porsche Taycan Sport Turismo seeks to impress more with efficiency than aggressive styling. It incorporates variable intensity LED matrix headlights. It’s hard not to recognize the version: it’s displayed in different places on the bodywork. Connoisseurs will also be able to identify it thanks to its distinctive Sport Design shield on the front and the black-treated window edges.

originalities

The copy of our test was presented to us in a chalk color billed 2,400 euros that highlights its 21-inch RS Spider Design rims (+ 2,652 euros) equipped with Pirelli low heel (265/35). This version of the Sport Turismo finally shows a great proximity to the Cross Turismo.

However, it is free of the flared fenders that could look shocking on this model with the lowered chassis. The latter remains equipped with air suspension, with more rigid settings. Among the original features, visible only when taking it out of its sheath, is a key that takes the shape and color of the vehicle’s body (+ 372 euros).

The bottom button operates the tailgate. Behind him, the space of 446 liters can be increased to 1,212 l by folding the backrest into 3 parts of the seat. The vast floor so offered is relatively flat. A double bottom makes it possible to isolate some odds and ends. At the front, the 84 l deep suitcase can accommodate 2 backpacks. ” We have good modularity in this Porsche », thanks Maxime Fontanier.

2+1 seats in the back

When sitting in the back, passengers housed near the doors will immediately notice 2 things. First of all, the generous legroom, as well as headroom, thanks to the break-style bodyline and the panoramic glass roof (+ 1,620 euros). The latter brings a lot of sparkle on board. The other good surprise is the very pleasant position in the seats with very good lateral support.

This GTS Sport Turismo version of the Porsche Taycan thus asserts its sporting vocation. On the other hand, the central place should be reserved for very occasional use. It is made unpleasant by a particularly voluminous service tunnel. Its backrest houses an armrest with 2 cup holders. The 5th seat belt has an additional cost of 480 euros.

For the comfort of the main occupants, and also as an option (828 euros), 4-zone air conditioning controllable from a screen at the end of the console. Throughout the cabin, the finish and assemblies are impeccable and prestigious. The door trims are covered in leather, carbon and carpeted storage compartments. The front seats, however, block the view of the road for those sitting behind them.

Alcantara: Distinctive sign of the GTS versions

Not for the same reasons, these multi-purpose seats are equally impressive for the driver and their neighbor. They offer 18 memory positions. ” Magnificent upholstery that offers excellent support “, rejoices our tester.

Alcantara is everywhere on board the Porsche Taycan GTS Sport Turismo. The same applies to the upholstery, but also to the dashboard, center console and steering wheel. With its carbon rods, the latter is specific to this version.

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If the Sport Chrono package is present as standard, our test car piles on options that will weigh heavily on the final price. Before getting there, let’s take advantage of the touchscreen for passengers without a bad conscience (+ 1,032 euros). It has the same functions as the central tablet dedicated to the pilot.

comfort options

Without being as advanced as a Tesla, the multimedia system compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is functional. It houses a GPS capable of working with active cruise control. Another touchscreen is located below at the top of the console. It is dedicated to adjusting the sound, air conditioning and heating systems, as well as opening the trunk, front hood and loading flaps.

It can display the battery power level with an estimated range. Using smartphone induction charger is not very convenient. And storage spaces, even though they are relatively numerous, are quite small in volume. Including the glove compartment.

As a true identity element of a Porsche, the start button is located to the left of the steering wheel. However, thanks to the hands-free key, but also to Comfort Access (+1,104 euros), the driver gets in and out of the Taycan GTS Sport Turismo without having to carry out the slightest manipulation to start and stop the vehicle.

first laps

Perfectly equipped, our test model has rear steering wheels (+ 2,352 euros). This has a positive effect on the turning circle. Thus, it drops from 11.7 to 11.2 m. In Range mode, which promotes autonomy, the steering controls appear very soft. The GTS is smart, with an electronically limited speed of 100 km/h. The latter will be raised to 150 km/h when passing on the highway.

The firmness of the suspension, however, reminds occupants of the sporty origins of the electric station wagon. The 360-degree camera system (+1,428 euros) is particularly sensitive. It can quickly invade the cabin with beeps if it feels the vehicle is a little cramped in its environment.

Managed from the central touch screen, but also via a button on the steering wheel, the energy recovery device is not the most powerful. It is more or less comparable to the engine brake of a thermal car, nothing more. Therefore, it does not allow the vehicle to be immobilized without pressing the brake pedal. Fans of regeneration blades behind the wheel may be disappointed.

According to Porsche engineers, this is not helpful. Tesla engineers say the same thing. Let’s end up believing them! “says Maxime Fontanier, with a touch of exasperation.

She sticks to the winding roads

From foot to floor, the Taycan GTS Sport Turismo clearly shows its dynamic claims. The sound environment even allows you to notice a change in speed. This electric car is actually equipped with a 2-speed gearbox. The steering precision is remarkable. In Sport Plus mode, the vehicle jumps on the unevenness of the road, even if the damping remains effective.

The race car’s 2,310 kg doesn’t stop it from sprinting from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.7 seconds. In just 12 seconds, we are at 200 km/h. With its 6-piston calipers at the front and 4 at the rear, the braking system is impressively efficient.

There, we have the best brakes on the market! We take Gs when accelerating and braking. The other strong point of the Porsche is that it can repeat the same accelerations several times. It will run out of steam more slowly than a Tesla Model S, it will overheat less. Same thing for braking resistor “, opposes the man in the cap.

This Porsche is without a doubt the most pleasant electric vehicle to drive. But I would opt for a Cross Turismo version that will certainly be a little less rigid, a little less reactive, but much more practical for everyday use, and also a little more comfortable. “, compares.

High fuel consumption penalizes performance

Billed at 3,096 euros, the InnoDrive system is the most advanced development of active cruise control. Also offered on the Audi e-tron GT, it works in conjunction with the cameras and navigation system. However, our tester’s preference is for the device on board the BMW iX.

Spinning at high speeds on the highway, the soundproofing of the Porsche Taycan station wagon at our disposal is exceptional, if you close your ears to the rolling noise brought on by the 21-inch sports tires. Very aerodynamic and very low, the body cuts through the air.

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In this context, consumption will most often fluctuate between 27 and 30 kWh/100 km. The autonomy, ripple fault, will then be between 280 and 300 km. It is the rescue of a high weight and a very high level of performance. In the combined cycle, it will not be necessary to achieve much better than 24 kWh/100 km, that is, 350 km of maximum range, or 300-320 km while maintaining a necessary safety margin.

In the city, it should be possible to exceed 400 km. The heat pump (+ 852 euros as an option) will allow you to preserve the autonomy numbers a little in winter.

restock

Below 800 V, Porsche Taycans generally benefit very well from Ionity ultra-fast charging stations. Our Sport Turismo GTS accepts up to 270 kW of direct current on paper. A preheating device brings the batteries to an optimal temperature before operation.

From the connection, we observe that the numbers quickly reach 250 kW. It does not take more than 23 minutes under these conditions to pass from 10 to 80% energy in the package. ” This is the fastest currently on the market. », specifies Maxime Fontanier.

By default, the electric race car has an 11 kW AC charger. Against 1,680 euros, it is possible to prefer the 22 kW model that is fully compatible with the terminals available on the roads in almost all of France.

prices

The Porsche Taycan GTS Sport Turismo price list starts at 136,619 euros. To take advantage of the options that equip our test model, it will, however, be necessary to increase the value of the check by just over 40,000 euros.

Which is far superior to a Tesla Model S Grande Autonomie which, of course, is not yet sold in France, but which offers better performance, better autonomy and more livability for much less. “, emphasizes our tester.

A Porsche is a Porsche. And as we’ve seen, in terms of driving pleasure, it doesn’t get any better. », concludes Maxime Fontanier.

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