The new electric sports car estate from Porsche has now been officially presented – ideal for those who want to win a game of Top Trumps in front of the school gates or on a tip run.
The full reveal comes after This is Money and MailOnline received an exclusive UK road test of a lightly camouflaged preproduction version of the Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo – actually the same vehicle that debuted on the world stage today – as part of an epic drive across the US and Europe.
Porsche’s £ 80,000 battery-powered station wagon is a more practical and slightly higher-driving version of its Taycan electric car, which has received much praise for combining zero tailpipe emissions with amazing performance and handling.
And for the price of a new budget car or a reasonably decent used car, you can even list one of two matching Porsche eBikes for up to £ 9,500 that can be carried on the back.
All-rounder: This is the new Porsche family car that can also be used as a station wagon, SUV or even as a carrier for your expensive bicycles
The new all-rounder Cross Turismo – equipped with four individual seats or five with a rear bench – expands the successful Taycan range with a new shooting brake, which was previously only available as a slim sports sedan.
The Performance Battery Plus with a total output of 93.4 kW is a standard feature of the Turismo series, which initially includes four derivatives, the price of which is between just under 80,000 GBP and a fraction below 140,000 GBP. However, additional extras can soon prevent this from happening.
As of today, the first cars will arrive at customers’ sites this summer.
The longest range car we’ve driven in the UK is the Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo, valued at £ 139,910. In normal mode, it develops 625 hp (460 kW), which increases to 761 hp (560 kW), with two electric motors – one per axle – being driven by a two-speed gearbox at the rear.
This allows it to go from a standing start to 62 mph in just 2.9 seconds, to 100 mph in 6.2 seconds, and 124 mph in 9.7 seconds to a top speed of 155 mph to accelerate.
Still, it has a range between 241 and 260 miles.
For the price of a new budget car or a reasonably decent used car, you can even list one of two matching Porsche eBikes for up to £ 9,500 that can be carried on the back
After the spectacular online world premiere from Germany, the new emission-free electric estate car from Porsche is now officially presented
The brand new Taycan Cross Turismo from Porsche is the first electric off-road vehicle from the German manufacturer
Cross Turismo is an extended version of the award-winning Porsche Taycan electric sports car with a slightly higher ride height
The entry point for the new crossover station wagon is the Taycan 4 Cross Turismo valued at 79,340 GBP, which has an output of 380 PS (280 kW) to 476 PS (350 kW) when the start control is overridden with an acceleration of 0 to 62 miles per hour Developed in 5.1 seconds to a top speed of 137 mph and a range between 242 and 283 miles.
The full Taycan range – priced at £ 70,690 – now includes eight models and two body styles, sedan and station wagon. More will follow.
It takes 9 hours to fully charge a first-class Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo using an 11 kW charger.
With a 50 kW DC fast charger, you can charge 100 km in 31 minutes and 80 percent in 1 hour 33 minutes.
A maximum DC charge increases 62 miles in just 5.5 minutes and an 80 percent charge in 22.5 minutes.
The top of the range Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo is priced between £ 79,340 and £ 139,910
The longest range car we’ve driven in the UK is the Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo, valued at £ 139,910. In normal mode, it develops 625 hp (460 kW), which increases to 761 hp (560 kW), with two electric motors – one per axle – being driven by a two-speed gearbox at the rear
This enables the range top version to go from a standing start in just 2.9 seconds to 100 km / h, in 6.2 seconds to 100 km / h and in 9.7 seconds to 100 km / h up to one Accelerate top speed of 250 km / h
Porsche said at the start: ‘In addition to the proven strengths of the award-winning all-electric Taycan sports sedan such as superior performance and long range, the five-door Cross Turismo with all-wheel drive now offers even greater versatility.The car is a true all-rounder. ‘
Porsche Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo: does it fit in my garage?
Range price: from £ 79,340 to £ 139,910
On offer: today
First delivery: Summer 2021
Length: 4.965 mm
Width (with mirrors): 2,145 mm
Height: 1,400 mm
Empty weight: 2,300 kg
Seats: 4 single seats or 5 with a back seat
Drive: Two electric motors – one per axle – with a two-speed gearbox at the rear.
Battery: 93.4 kWh power battery plus
Power: 761 hp (hp)
0-62 mph: 2.9 seconds
0-100 mph: 6.2 seconds
Top speed: 155 mph
Driving modes: Range, Normal, Sport, Sport Plus and Gravel
Range: 242 to 258 miles
Loading time: 22.5 minutes to 80% on a fast charger
Rear luggage compartment: 1,200 liters
Front trunk or “Frunk”: 84 liters
The electrified high-tech chassis of the Cross Turismo has all-wheel drive and adaptive air suspension to ensure “safe handling and control off the beaten track”.
There is almost one and a half inches of additional headroom (36 millimeters) for rear passengers and more than 1,200 liters of luggage space at the rear, which is accessible via the large tailgate, as well as space for a small bag in the front trunk or “Frunk”.
In order to always stay up to date on the road, the all-wheel drive chassis has active suspension management, electronic damper control and adaptive three-chamber air suspension, which is standard on every Cross Turismo.
This can be expanded with an optional off-road package that increases the ground clearance by a further 10 mm – a total of 30 mm higher than the sedan.
Off-road design elements include wheelhouse liners, as well as special front and rear lower skirts and side skirts, and special wings on the corners of the front and rear bumpers and on the ends of the sills. Porsche said: “These ensure a striking external appearance and offer protection against stone chips.
The sports accessories include a new rear rack that can hold up to three bicycles, and for which Porsche has also launched two new electrically powered eBikes. Porsche said: “One of its practical features is that the tailgate can still be opened even when the rear rack is loaded.”
The matching eBike Cross costs £ 7,500 and the eBike Sport £ 9,500.
Porsche said: “With their timeless design by Studio F.A. Porsche and their powerful drive technology from Shimano, they are perfectly matched to the Taycan Cross Turismo. ”
At the online world premiere of the new CEO of the Taycan derivative Porsche, Oliver Blume said: “We see ourselves as pioneers in sustainable mobility.
“In 2019 we sent an important signal with the debut of our first fully electric sports car. With the Taycan Cross Turismo, we are taking another important step in this direction. “
Mr. Blume added: “By 2025, half of all new vehicles we deliver will have an electrified drive – either fully electric or plug-in hybrids.
“In 2020, every third vehicle we delivered in Europe had an electric drive train. The future belongs to electromobility. “
The world premiere of the new Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo took place in the Hyperbowl Studio at the Munich exhibition center – to bring the worlds of film and reality together. It has a 40 m long and 5.5 m high, 270 degree curved LED wall and ceiling, which offers a screen area of 478 square meters with 70 million pixels.
In order to always stay up to date on the road, the all-wheel drive chassis has active suspension management, electronic damper control and adaptive three-chamber air suspension, which is standard on every Cross Turismo
Off-road design elements include wheelhouse liners, as well as special front and rear lower skirts and side skirts, and special wings on the corners of the front and rear bumpers and on the ends of the sills. Porsche said: “These ensure a striking external appearance and offer protection against stone chips
The world premiere of the new Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo took place in the Hyperbowl Studio at the Munich exhibition center – to bring the worlds of film and reality together
A turismo behind the scenes: weeks before the fully electric station wagon was unveiled, we drove the Taycan Cross Turismo from Porsche
There is nothing quite like the hustle and bustle of testing a car on the road that has not yet been officially revealed, whether you hit the streets or show up in showrooms.
Especially when the lightning-fast car that you are driving undercover is the same one that will be presented to the world live from Germany at the beginning of March at a global online launch.
So what better way to put a pre-produced and slightly camouflaged version of the sizzling new all-electric Porsche Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo through its paces, priced at £ 140,000, than allowing a select few auto journalists to tag a team on one 2,000 miles – and fully Covid-compliant – intercontinental road trip with stages over deserts in the USA, snow, ice and highways in continental Europe and for my British stage over the green lanes of Surrey.
A turismo behind the scenes: this undercover version of the new electric Taycan Cross Turismo from Porsche was brought to the UK before today’s start – and Ray Massey got behind the wheel
“While the car is nominally faired, it’s a thin fairing, and you’re allowed to drive it, put a dog in the trunk, whatever!” Said the invitation from Porsche.
The location of the test drive couldn’t be more different than the dark and threatening appearance of the test mule. an off-season visit and photo shoot at an otherwise abandoned fair in Chessington World of Adventure.
The new Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo shape is essentially a shooting brake, a fastback or a station wagon version of the hugely successful Taycan sedan – or a mixture of all three – aimed at owners who lead an active or sporty lifestyle.
The new derivative offers more cargo space and flexibility as standard, a larger battery and all-wheel drive to appeal to more adventurous spirits. It offers space for four people in single seats or five people with a back seat.
Although the length and width are broadly the same as the sedan, the Cross Turismo is higher.
The Cross Turismo range corresponds to that of the existing sedan version with four models: the standard Taycan 4 Cross Turismo from around GBP 75,000; the 4S Cross Turismo from around £ 85,000, the Turbo Cross Turismo from £ 120,000 and the top-of-the-line Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo that I drove in preproduction mode from £ 140,000.
Our first ride included an off-season visit and photo shoot at an otherwise deserted fair in Chessington World of Adventure where they tested the newly introduced Croc Drop, which was ready when the Covid restrictions were lifted
While the car was just a prototype, it barely masks the new model’s true identity, despite taking a trip around the world prior to launch
According to Ray, the Taycan Cross Turismo is slightly more practical than the traditional electric sports car, although the black roof rails and the larger fixed panoramic glass roof attached to the one shown here are both optional, adding to the bottom line price
The auto bosses at Porsche headquarters shipped this special car from the research and development facility of the German automobile manufacturer in Weissach near Stuttgart to the USA, where it was driven along the west coast and through the California desert, where it picked up a good chunk of dust and dirt (more of that later), most of it is still visible on the paintwork and beyond.
This was a working car and the dirt was a badge of honor.
From California it was shipped to snowy Norway – one of the best electric car nations in the world – and from there via the port of Grimsby to Great Britain and to me on the outskirts of Surrey in London.
Here, the air conditioning system was thoroughly cleaned and the car itself “refurbished” to be Covid-compliant.
And I was gone I’ve driven the Taycan sedan extensively in the US and the UK, so I know what a wonderfully responsive and responsive electric supercar this is. The Cross Turismo makes it a bit more practical, although the black roof rails and the larger panoramic glass roof that are attached to the car I drove are both optional, which adds to the bottom line price.
When you’re active on a bike or on snow-covered slopes, it offers new bike rack and ski rack options.
Driven by a powerful electric motor with 761 hp, the new Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo accelerates from standstill to 100 km / h in just three seconds and reaches 100 km / h up to a top speed of 250 km / h in 6.5 seconds.
Driven by a powerful electric motor with 761 hp, the new Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo accelerates from standstill to 100 km / h in just 2.9 seconds and reaches 100 km / h in 6.2 seconds up to a top speed of 250 km / h
It comes with an off-road package that gives the Turismo an additional suspension height of 10 mm. This is in addition to the 20 mm additional height and ground clearance that the Cross Turismo gains over the Taycan sedan, which offers an additional additional driving height of 30 mm
This test mule will be used as a global prototype to make final improvements before the production car hits the market next month
It is driven by two electric motors – one per axle – with a two-speed gearbox on the rear axle.
In addition to the standard driving modes of the Taycan sedan – Range, Normal, Sport and Sport Plus – the Cross Turismo also has a gravel mode for mild off-roading.
This is part of a new off-road package that gives the Turismo an additional suspension height of 10 mm. This is in addition to the 20 mm additional height and ground clearance that the Cross Turismo gains compared to the Taycan sedan, which results in an additional additional driving height of 30 mm.
There is almost two inches of additional headroom (47 millimeters) for rear passengers, a new tailgate with electric opening and enough space for luggage or a dog. There is up to 1,200 liters of luggage space in the rear – plus a removable load compartment cover – plus an additional 84 liters in the front trunk or “Frunk”.
The air suspension is standard and there is a front nose lift function for driving on bumps.
The 93.4 kWh Performance Battery Plus is standard on Turbo S and Turbo as well as on models with 4S models and below. A 79.2 kWh battery is expected to come standard with the larger size as an option
The silhouette of the Cross Turismo shows the styling elements of the Shooting Brake style, which are taken from the Mission E Cross Turismo concept on which it is based
Alluding to its more rugged references, the Taycan’s usual Sport Chrono watch that sits on top of the dash is being replaced with a compass – which can come in handy when you get lost in the outback, the wasteland of home countries, or the wilderness from beautiful Northumbria.
A Turbo S model usually has 21-inch wheels as standard.
Since the one I was driving was on winter tires, that meant he was riding on 20-inch wheels.
There are also new alloy wheel styles, including Cross Turismo Design, for the car I’ve driven.
The 93.4 kWh Performance Battery Plus is standard on Turbo S and Turbo as well as on models with 4S models and below. A 79.2 kWh battery is expected to come standard with the larger size as an option.
The range, as well as the performance data, has yet to be confirmed, but is expected to average between 242 and 258 miles, which corresponds to that of the corresponding Taycan Turbo S sedan. Charging to 80 percent takes 22.5 minutes with a quick charger
“It’s a very attractive and exhilarating, clean, mean machine with a lot of baggage. The Cross Turismo design makes it look more casual, but also more practical,” says Ray Massey
The range, as well as the performance data, has yet to be confirmed, but is expected to average between 242 and 258 miles, which corresponds to that of the corresponding Taycan Turbo S sedan. Charging to 80 percent takes 22.5 minutes with a quick charger.
The silhouette of the Cross Turismo shows the styling elements of the Shooting Brake style, which are taken from the Mission E Cross Turismo concept on which it is based.
As befits an adventure, and thanks to its owners, I made a scheduled pit stop at the nearby Chessington World of Adventure, which was closed for the duration of the virus because of lockdown.
And here I had a little adventure myself.
In the beginning everything went well on the street.
It’s a very appealing and exhilarating, clean, mean machine with a lot of sack. The Cross Turismo design makes it look more casual, but also more practical.
But at low speed in the city, I felt a slight and almost imperceptible vibration. I put it on the road and kept pressing.
After our drive and after the cleanup, the car drove to London before being shipped to the Netherlands and driven back to Germany through Holland, ready for the official world premiere
Of the roughly 2,000 miles that the prototype has traveled around the world, 491 miles were in Great Britain, one of Porsche’s key markets
It was only when I set my foot firmly on a three-lane lane at 100 km / h that the vibration became intrusive. As I played around with the speed – and felt like a test pilot in the British black and white film “The Sound Barrier” – I found that the rumble was manageable up to 30, it was intrusive at 60 and really rocked at 70 mph and rolled.
After one of my test flashes, a warning light blinked on the dash, indicating a problem with the rear wheel near the side. A quick stop for a visual inspection showed the tires looked good so there was no flat tire, either slowly or otherwise. But it’s still time to call and get in touch and drive home more calmly.
However, the Porsche replacement team of masked technicians suspected that mud and dirt, possibly from California, may have accumulated in the faulty wheel.
So not so good vibrations from the California Beach Boys. But it was a pre-production car and NOT cleaning it was part of the fun.
Zusätzlich zu den Standardfahrmodi der Taycan-Limousine – Range, Normal, Sport und Sport Plus – verfügt der Cross Turismo auch über einen Schottermodus für mildes Offroading
Im vergangenen Jahr wurden weltweit mehr als 20.000 Taycan-Limousinen verkauft, davon 3.000 in Großbritannien. Damit ist es der zweitbeste Porsche in Großbritannien
Porsche sagte mir später: „Dank Ihres Feedbacks haben wir es geschafft, den Rädern auf den Grund zu gehen. „Es stellte sich heraus, dass der Schlamm weitaus beständiger war als wir dachten. Das beigefügte Foto ist das, was wir von nur einem Rad entfernen konnten, als wir zum Aufladen anhielten. Kein Wunder, dass es eine Vibration gab. “
Nach meiner Fahrt und nach der Säuberung fuhr das Auto nach London, bevor es in die Niederlande verschifft und durch Holland zurück nach Deutschland gefahren wurde, bereit für die offizielle Weltpremiere.
Von den rund 2.000 zurückgelegten Meilen wurden 491 Meilen in Großbritannien, einem der Schlüsselmärkte von Porsche, zurückgelegt. Im vergangenen Jahr wurden weltweit mehr als 20.000 Taycan-Limousinen verkauft, davon 3.000 in Großbritannien. Damit ist es der zweitbeste Porsche in Großbritannien.
Bisher ist der 4S mit einem Drittel des Umsatzes die beliebteste Limousine, gefolgt von Turbo und Turbo S. Eine neue Version der Limousine mit Hinterradantrieb wurde im Januar auf den Markt gebracht, der Cross Turismo wird jedoch voraussichtlich 4- bleiben. Nur Radantrieb.
Das nächste Mal, wenn Sie genau das Auto sehen, das ich gefahren bin, wird es bei der Weltpremiere am 4. März abgenommen.
Bisher ist der 4S mit einem Drittel des Umsatzes die beliebteste Limousine, gefolgt vom Turbo und dem Turbo S – beide haben natürlich keinen Turbo
Eine neue Version der Limousine mit Hinterradantrieb wurde im Januar auf den Markt gebracht. Der Cross Turismo wird jedoch voraussichtlich nur mit Allradantrieb fahren
Ein Turbo S-Modell verfügt normalerweise standardmäßig über 21-Zoll-Räder. Aber da der, den ich fuhr, auf Winterreifen war, bedeutete dies, dass er auf 20-Zoll-Rädern fuhr
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