What's faster than a 4S but less expensive than a Turbo?
If you want a high-performance Porsche but can't quite stretch to a model with 'Turbo' on the back of it, the GTS models fill this gap perfectly. In fact, we'd argue that they offer all the performance you could reasonably exploit on public roads without the high price tag of a Turbo. However, although models like the 718 Cayman and Cayenne are offered in GTS guise, there is no sporty GTS version of the Taycan EV - at least, not yet.
An eagle-eyed Porsche customer who ordered a new Taycan 4S Cross Turismo recently saw something revealing at a Porsche dealership. The customer, who goes by the name Thorgal on the website Taycan Forum, was busy with the order process for their new Taycan when the salesman briefly left the screen he was working on unattended.
Within that time, Thorgal noticed the vehicle codes for two new Porsche models on the screen: a Taycan GTS and a Sport Turismo Taycan GTS. When Thorgal later asked the salesman about it, he reluctantly admitted that these two Taycans are indeed on the way although a specific launch date has not been decided. They will likely be 2022 models, though. This means that GTS-badged Taycans could plug the performance gap between the Taycan 4S and the Taycan Turbo/Turbo S.
It's little surprise that the GTS badge would find its way onto an EV. After all, automakers increasingly want their EV vehicles to be seen as viable options for the keen driver; AMG versions of the Mercedes EQ range are coming and VW's new ID.4 GTX is considered an EV counterpart to the Golf GTI.
We also expect that the GTS will receive a few cosmetic enhancements of its own; other GTS Porsches have specific wheels and dark exterior accents for a more aggressive look. If you're wondering why the Sport Turismo Taycan GTS isn't called a Taycan Cross Turismo GTS (since there isn't a 'Sport Turismo' outside of the Panamera lineup), it's a good question. However, Thorgal confirmed that it was called a Sport Turismo.
Based on the Taycan lineup's current pricing, we expect that a GTS variant would sell for between $120,000 and $130,000. The Taycan 4S hits 60 mph in 3.8 seconds and the Taycan Turbo does the same in three seconds dead so the GTS should fall somewhere between these two.