by Karl Furlong
The Porsche Taycan continues to sell strongly globally, so it's no surprise that the automaker has expanded the Taycan family with the Taycan Sport Turismo. Essentially a recalibrated, less rugged version of the Taycan Cross Turismo, this wagon is a powerful performer while also being quite practical for daily use. The new Sport Turismo GTS generates nearly 600 horsepower, and it's not far off the pace of the much more expensive Taycan Turbo sedan. This is the only Sport Turismo variant that will be sold in the US, while Europe gets a broader lineup. Porsche believes that the GTS is the perfect combination of performance and utility for US customers, but is it? Let's find out.
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Yes, we think this is the most stylish derivative of the Taycan family. Compared with the sedan, the wagon body style is both cooler and more balanced, especially thanks to the elongated roof that runs towards the back. Standard features on the well-specified GTS include 20-inch alloy wheels and the Porsche Dynamic Light System Plus. Unlike the Cross Turismo, the Sport Turismo does without rugged trimmings like the black plastic surrounding the wheel arches. A panoramic roof with Sunshine control is available.
Rear-seat passengers will appreciate the fact that the Taycan Sport Turismo beats its sedan sibling in terms of headroom. The same applies to trunk space, and the Sport Turismo has a larger, wider trunk opening to facilitate the easy loading of cargo.
As for the cabin design itself, it's both neatly trimmed and sportily styled, and the infotainment interface responds quickly. Android Auto finally joins the list of features that includes dual-zone climate control, power front seats, front/rear heated seats, and Race-Tex interior trim.
In Europe, there's a base RWD Taycan Sport Turismo along with a more potent 4S and a pair of blisteringly quick Turbo models. The base model with the smaller battery makes 321 hp when operating normally, and the Turbo S variant makes up to 750 hp in overboost mode.
Rather than offer the same lineup in the US market, Porsche elected to sell only the Taycan Sport Turismo GTS here. Exclusively equipped with a 93.4-kWh battery and sending power to all four wheels, its outputs are 509 hp normally or 590 hp with overboost, allowing for a 0-60 mph time in a scant 3.5 seconds.
In terms of charging, replenishing the battery from 5-80% will take just over 22 minutes, or a five-minute charge can add 62 miles of range.
As far as electric station wagons go, there are currently no other alternatives to the Taycan Sport Turismo besides Porsche's own Taycan Cross Turismo, so it's up to you to decide whether you want your wagon to be entirely road-focused or a bit more capable, as is the case with the latter.
The Taycan Sport Turismo is a superb wagon. It's not only practical, but it possesses unique looks and a driving experience that is highly likely to be more engaging than that of a Tesla Model S. That being said, if it's range you're after, the Model S is still much better.
The new Taycan Sport Turismo GTS will cost $133,300. By comparison, the dual-motor Model S costs $94,990 and the devastatingly quick Model S Plaid goes for $129,990. Another non-wagon alternative is the Lucid Air which begins at just $77,400.
Although it's certainly expensive, the Taycan Cross Turismo GTS is a brilliant EV and well worth considering over the gas-powered Panamera Sport Turismo. The GTS is expected to arrive in the US next quarter.
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