Our opinion behind the wheel of the Porsche Taycan 4S Sport Turismo

The development of the Taycan area is not a long calm river. First 4-wheel drive sedan, then also rear-wheel drive, the arrival of a raised station wagon body, the introduction of a GTS version and a more traditional form of station wagon … There is enough to lose your mind! What must above all be remembered is that Porsche now offers a wealth of engines and three bodies for its first electric car. Thus, the Sport Turismo station wagon now makes its entry into the range as a definition in itself along with the sedan and Cross Turismo raised station wagon. Understand that we can now connect this ST with the modest two-wheel drive version, but also with the integrated 4S, Turbo, Turbo S and GTS, whereas only the latter was available in Sport Turismo before.

Already impressive performance

Once he understands how it all works and that he has to make his choice as in self-service, it is ultimately the customer who comes out on top, because then he can make a bespoke car. Also cit is on a 4S we have set our goal, for in addition to offering intermediate power it is also the one that offers the greatest autonomy. It is not less than 498 km in WLTP advance Porsche, as long as we checked the possibility Performance Plus battery, which increases capacity from 79.2 kWh to 93.4 kWh. An interesting extra number, which is expensive (5,568 €), but which in any case is systematically chosen by customers, according to the brand. With this large battery also comes increased power, as the maximum cavalry delivered under launch control goes from 530 hp to no less than 571 hp and 650 Nm of torque. What to bring down 0 to 100 km / h in 4 s all the way around and perform lightning overhauls. Therefore, one may ask oneself what more can the more powerful versions bring, for it is 4S already a notorious license trap.

Flee like a sportswoman in the dry

The 4S version of the Porsche Taycan Sport Turismo offers the best compromise between performance and range.© Porsche

Especially since it can also be eligible for refinements such as the rear wheels (optional for € 2,352) and the brilliant three-chamber air suspension supplied as standard. Technical solutions that totally transform the Taycan experience. For thus the rig becomes Porsche incredibly agile and precise, well-served with a precisely calibrated steering, while maintaining a comfort that is usually only found on large luxury sedans. The trap? Get caught up in the game of crazy driving, made accessible to everyone thanks to childlike ease of use, and forget it the big baby still claims 2,170 kg empty on the scale. What if Porsche Taycan skillfully hides its weight on dry roads and that the Tungsten carbide brakes (+ € 3,000) are durable, it is one any other history on a greasy and / or wet coating. Then we have very quickly started with the curves and stopping the moving mass requires time and space. So be careful, but we will not take away from this very angry pause to behave in an almost identical way to the sedan from which it originates, which is already a reason to celebrate.

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The advantage of the station wagon

The German may shine when it comes to pushing the limits of understeer very far, but it does not happen without various annoyances from the passengers, who are bumped in all directions, while the Porsche Taycan hammers the road without ever seeming to climb. Because with such a sense of sport, we almost forget that Porsche is above all a family! Even more in this Sport Turismo version which offers 45 mm more height for the rear seat passengers, who are now feeling really good. The two individual seats are comfortable and only very tall people will find fault at the legroom, especially if the people in front are also the long-legged type. The trunk also gains a bit in capacity, by showing 39 dm3 more than the sedan (446 dm3 advertised). Once the rear seats are folded down, it is even 1212 dm3 available for movers who are not afraid to scratch the beautiful leather upholstery.

Porsche is putting the package on electrification

Therefore, if we could doubt the usefulness of having a sedan, a hunting station and a raised station wagon in the Taycan series, there is finally something that satisfies everyone. Play it personal with a sleek but impractical sedan, generous with a more inviting but equally efficient station wagon, or even adventurer on not too bad roads with a station wagon with increased ground clearance (+ 20 mm) but with a less sharp hair , there is more to choose from. Which might be the hardest part, Porsche gives here the best example of what a problem for the rich is. At least that’s it not less than € 110,374 to be paid for a Porsche Taycan 4S Sport Turismo, while our specific test model pretty much flirted with € 160,000. Not to mention that the German producer has become a master of the art of small possibilities: you have to drop an additional € 852 for the heat pump … A difficult pill to swallow for ordinary mortals who do not prevent Porsche will sell its Taycans (all versions combined) in spades: the electric is the second best-selling Porsche in France in 2021 after the Cayenne, while it was the brand’s bestseller in the UK, Belgium and Norway! This bodes well for the brand’s plans, which aim to sell 80% of fully electric vehicles worldwide by 2030.

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