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Porsche Taycan Sport Turismo review

Category: Large Electric

Section: Performance & drive

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  • Porsche Taycan Sport Turismo 2021 front
  • Porsche Taycan Sport Turismo 2021 rear cornering
  • Porsche Taycan Sport Turismo 2021 interior dashboard
  • Porsche Taycan Sport Turismo 2021 interior rear seats
  • Porsche Taycan Sport Turismo 2021 interior infotainment
  • Porsche Taycan Sport Turismo 2021 front cornering
  • Porsche Taycan Sport Turismo 2021 front left tracking
  • Porsche Taycan Sport Turismo 2021 rear tracking
  • Porsche Taycan Sport Turismo 2021 rear cornering
  • Porsche Taycan Sport Turismo 2021 interior front seats
  • Porsche Taycan Sport Turismo 2021 interior panoramic roof
  • Porsche Taycan Sport Turismo 2021 interior detail
  • Porsche Taycan Sport Turismo 2021 interior detail
  • Porsche Taycan Sport Turismo 2021 interior steering wheel detail
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Performance & drive

What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is

We’ve tested the GTS version of the Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo, which produces a brawny 510bhp and has an official 0-62mph time of 3.7sec.

Those figures are identical to the standard Porsche Taycan (despite the Cross Turismo's additional rear bodywork) and you can briefly boost power up to 590bhp by activating Launch Control. In short, the performance is relentless.

There are four drive modes – Normal, Sport, Sport Plus and Individual. They adjust several settings as you cycle through them, including the accelerator response, steering weight, the ride height and the firmness of the adaptive air suspension. 

Normal is best for maximising comfort and delivers a slightly firm ride that isolates you well enough from rough road surfaces, so you feel only minor bumps at lower speeds.

The most aggressive Sport Plus mode gives you the stiffest suspension setup, the heaviest steering weight and the sharpest throttle response. We’ll have to confirm this on UK roads, but we suspect the ride in Sport Plus will be too firm for everyday use. Sport is a balance between the two.

On battered country roads, the slightly higher-riding (by 20mm) Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo has a slight advantage because it can tackle them without fear of bottoming out or catching the front splitter. In those situations, you'll want to be in Normal mode for maximum ride height.

The Taycan Sport Turismo's pace and abundance of grip allow you to cover ground quickly and effortlessly.

There isn’t much communicated through the steering wheel when it comes to sensing the levels of front grip, but the heavy weighting helps your inputs feel precise and you build up confidence in very little time. Porsche allows you to add rear wheel steering as an option, and that tightens up the turning circle from 11.7m to 11.2m, which helps with low-speed cornering.

In the sportier drive modes, an augmented electric motor sound is piped into the cabin (called Porsche Electric Sport Sound) for a more theatrical experience, – it changes tone when the higher speed gear is engaged. When it's off, there's very little wind or road noise to disturb you.  

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