Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo Is A Swiss Army Knife On Wheels

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Porsche didn't just slap a different body on a Taycan and call it a day.

After the introduction of the Porsche Taycan late in 2019, it didn't take very long for enthusiasts to start asking if and when there would be a Cross Turismo wagon version. Porsche was happy to oblige. Since the announcement that it would be coming, we've been eagerly awaiting its arrival and have spotted it on a couple of occasions. Unsurprisingly, it just looks like a more spacious Taycan sedan, but the truth is that this is a car that has undergone extensive additional testing to ensure it meets Porsche's standards of excellence. The result is a car that Porsche says is extremely versatile.

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Testing for the Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo has taken place on both the Nurburgring's Nordschleife and the Hockenheim Grand Prix track. It's also been to two testing grounds in the Italian town of Nardo and elsewhere, including in the south of France and in the Pyrenees. It's also been to the Weissach Development Center's 'Safari' track for off-road testing. In total, it's completed almost a million kilometers of testing, with the various prototypes having covered a distance that is the equivalent of going around the earth's equator almost 25 times. If that doesn't indicate how extensively this car has been tested, we don't know what will.

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Alongside these final test drives, a camouflaged Taycan Cross Turismo has been on a global test tour and visited the US, the UK, Norway, the Netherlands, and Germany - all in just six weeks. In addition, "the mock-up, a faithful, physical representation of the interior, and the package function model alone took 650 design, electronic and coordination hours and 1,500 workshop hours to complete".

The result is a car that Model Line VP Stefan Weckbach calls "capable of high performance on the race track and [can also] handle scree, mud, and gravel." It's not a hardcore off-roader but can deal with unpaved and dirt roads. "It's like a type of Swiss army knife on up to 21-inch wheels". We can't wait to try out its unique methods of versatility.

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