• Porsche expanded its Taycan range with the Cross Turismo model.
• The Taycan Cross Turismo has a maximum power output of 420kW.
• The car is priced from R2.6 million.
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No automaker can resist the transition from internal combustion engines (ICE) to all-electric mobility. Even Porsche, the mighty German automaker with a penchant for insanely involving sports cars, can't kick against the applecart. Some years ago, fore sighting the uptake of electric mobility, the automaker produced its limited 918 Spyder between 2013 and 2014. Though the car is a hybrid, it ran on electric power alone for up to 19km.
Almost a decade later and Porsche is at it again, this time with its all-electric Taycan. The car launched in South Africa in 2020, and the range has now been expanded with a new Cross Turismo model. Based on the existing Taycan line-up, the Cross Turismo takes on a station wagon design that slopes more than a reseeding hairline. It's sleek and easy on the eye, offering customers a design as unique as they come.
Having spent time behind the wheel of the Taycan Cross Turismo 4S, the car showed its dynamic hand and a shortcoming that should be addressed sooner rather than later.
Instant surge of power
An aspect many petrol heads will have with electric cars is the lack of sound. And in the case of Porsche, the sound the cars emit go hand in hand with emotion. Think 911 and the raspy, unbridled noise that send shivers down your spine. It's addictive and will leave you with aching cheeks as you try to contain your smile.
But with the Taycan, there's no sound. Just a whoosh as you accelerate. However, we will give Porsche credit for still endowing the Taycan with an engaging drive. Fling it through a series of bends or up your favourite mountain pass, and the car will dish up reward after reward as you explore the limits. And more, it remains planted and sure-footed thanks to its broad design and stance. There seems to be nothing that can deter it from that classic Porsche ethos of being a pure driver's car.
Acceleration is instant, too, as 360kW (420kW on overboost power with launch control) is sent to all four wheels. The rush is real, and your head is pushed back into the headrest as the speedometer breaches 120km/h in little more than 4.0 seconds.
Combating range anxiety
According to Porsche, the Taycan Cross Turismo 4S has a combined range of 388 - 452km - that's when we go on the WLTP (Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicles Test Procedure). With its slower speeds in city driving (WLTP), the range increases to between 462km and 532km. These figures should be enough to get you from point to point, but the fear of range anxiety could be heightened when taking to the open road.
With the Taycan Cross Turismo 4S' battery charged and the onboard computer indicating close to 400km of driving range, we opted to stretch the car's legs and put the range to the test. Sticking to the various indicated speeds and exploring the dynamism, the car felt at ease in any one of its driving modes. Like with an ICE vehicle, each driving mode alters the car's characteristics, adapting it to any arising need.
However, when coasting, one needs to engage the necessary function in order for the car to recuperate 'lost' energy. The gearbox does not have the 'B' option to brake when you take your foot off the accelerator, but you can either engage the recuperation function via the battery button on the steering wheel or accessing it via the menu on the centrally-mounted screen. By engaging this function, you can extend your driving range.
The all-electric Taycan range benefits from the necessary technologies to recover kinetic energy, making it the sure-fire alternative to ICE vehicles. The Taycan Cross Turismo 4S is a timely indication that electric mobility does not mean 'boring' and it merges present and future in a contemporary package.
Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo 4S price:
R2 704 000 - with five-year DrivePlan
R2 654 000 - with three-year DrivePlan
Gross battery capacity: 93.4kWh
Net battery capacity: 83.7kWh
Overboost power with Launch Control: 420kW
Torque with Launch Control: 650Nm
0-100km/h: 4.1 seconds (with Launch Control)
0-200km/h: 13.0 seconds (with Launch Control)
Top speed: 240km/h
Range combined (WLTP): 388-452km
Range City (WLTP): 462-532km
Long-distance range: 355km
Front luggage compartment: 84L
Rear luggage compartment: 446L