by Michael Butler
The 2023 Porsche Taycan Sport Turismo is all the proof you need that when Porsche builds a car people will buy it. This elongated wagon version of the triumphant Taycan EV adds a touch more practicality and uber-cool looks to a package already on the niche side of the market. We think it's the best version of the Taycan yet. Porsche offers this electric wagon exclusively in hardcore GTS guise, which means you get a massive 590 horsepower, a 0-60 mph time of 3.5 seconds, and a top speed of 155 mph. The 2023 Porsche Taycan Sport Turismo faces off against traditional competitors such as the Audi RS6 Avant and electric rivals such as the Tesla Model X, and in this Taycan Sport Turismo review, we see what makes this electric wagon tick.
The new Porsche Taycan Sport Turismo wagon gets a few handy updates for the 2023 model year. Firstly, the battery and charging algorithms receive an update that promises faster charging times and increased range, although the EPA is still to say by how much exactly. The infotainment system's display has been reworked to be more responsive and display colors more vividly, and cars fitted with the panoramic glass roof can now also add Porsche's Variable Light Control system, which allows the driver to switch between clear and opaque shades in seconds.
Driving a Porsche is a privilege reserved for those with a decent amount of cash in the bank, and you'll need a good helping of greenbacks to afford this special example. The Porsche Taycan Sport Turismo GTS's price is set at an MSRP just north of $130,000, excluding tax, registration, and a destination fee of $1,450. That is just the start price for a vanilla version, and most will want to add a few options, but be careful, as the price can quickly escalate. Fully loaded, this Porsche will close in on the $200k mark.
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The Taycan is a great driver's car, in general, and enlarging its booty hasn't affected this car's handling and overall driving dynamics by much; in fact, the difference will be imperceptible to most. The 2023 Taycan Sport Turismo is a luxury car at heart, and its wagon styling further indicates that this Porsche isn't meant to do the same things a 911 GT3 RS can do. Instead, the Taycan Sport Turismo offers an athletic but refined ride that can entertain that is most suited to cruising with the occasional blast through canyon roads. The standard adaptive air suspension is great for slow-speed cruising in the city, but it stiffens up nicely when heading into the bends. In its sporty setting, the Sport Turismo feels agile despite its 5,000-pound curb weight, and turn-in is sharp and direct. We also appreciate the communicative braking system that refuses to fade, even under hard application. Porsche's Dynamic Chassis Control Sport system, rear axle steering, and ceramic composite brakes are all optional extras that take this EV to the next level, but for the majority of drivers, the vanilla product will be more than sufficient.
There are no other electric wagons in the USA, so the 2023 Porsche Taycan Sport Turismo is nestled in a very niche corner of the market. Your only alternatives are its sibling, the Taycan Cross Turismo, or perhaps a Tesla Model X or Audi RS6 Avant. None of these cars match the Taycan Sport Turismo for sheer elegance and balanced performance. Sure, the Audi is more practical and the Tesla offers more electric range, but this Porsche drives just as well, if not better than those two, and offers tons of luxury and refinement to boot. We're still unsure how much of a difference the 2023 battery update has made, but that's an added bonus for the new model year. We dig the fact that the Taycan Sport Turismo is only offered in GTS guise; it's just hardcore enough to thrill the enthusiasts but can also be a daily cruiser when need be. No one asked for it, yet here it is, and we love it.
There's only one model to choose from, but countless configurations, depending on the boxes you tick. If we had enough cash to afford one, we'd go for the Volcano Grey exterior color and add the 21-inch RS Spyder wheels. Inside, we'd add the Premium Package and Technology Package. In terms of performance, we'd add the PDCC system for some added driver enjoyment. And how much does this build cost, you ask? A little over $150,000, including delivery costs.
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