Do you think you’d like to buy a Porsche Taycan but cannot choose between the countless options (11 to date) of this electric vehicle? MotorTrend is here to assist. We’ve recently driven the 11th model, the Taycan GTS Sport Turismo, and we believe it’s a great choice if you can overcome the Taycan’s flaws.
Before we tell you why, let’s discuss the two new elements of Taycan’s name. First, GTS three letters that are well-known to the majority of Porschephiles. Two-motor GTS is the latest mid-level Taycan that comes featuring rear and front motors (the latter utilizing an automatic two-speed transmission), offering a total that is 509hp (boosted to 590 when in the launch setting) as well as 626 pounds of torque to the four-wheel. The GTS is power-wise between the Taycan 4S, 482-hp Taycan 4S, and the 616-hp Taycan Turbo. There are also sleeker body trimmings, blacked-out badges, and the adaptive air suspension, more oversized front brake rotors larger than the 4S, and a redesigned version of the sound piped-in found within other Taycans. The rear-wheel steering option is available.
The second is Sport Turismo, which is the new body style of this EV. Still, it’s similar to the Taycan Cross Turismo pseudo SUV, except that it is lower than a sedan’s height and without the fender cladding. If you’re thinking about the Sport Turismo as the Taycan wagon, we’ll restrict you from doing so. The GTS can also be found in its sedan style.
Why Do We Love Thee? Let Us Count The Ways
What can I say to recommend putting the Taycan GTS Cross Turismo above other Taycans? One thing is the way it travels on the road. While we’re at risk of repeating our mistakes, the most memorable aspect of the Taycan’s uniqueness is how it adapts its internal combustion Porsche driving experience into an electric vehicle. It’s the first electric Porsche GTS model and does the job perfectly. For one factor, it’s swift. Porsche claims it can go from 0-60 in 3.5 seconds, but its estimates tend to be more conservative. Porsche states 2.6 minutes for the Taycan Turbo S, for instance, but we measured it at 2.4. The GTS isn’t as rapid acceleration at high speeds as its Turbo S, but it can pull fast and continuously at triple-digit rates. Please, please, we’d like to see more of that.
The GTS has a tremendous grip due to its tires’ staggered width and requires substantial exertion (or velocity) to get it loose. What happens next depends on whether you’ve pressed the button that activates the Taycan’s PSM (Porsche Stability Management) system into Sport mode. (This is, by the way, different from both the vehicle’s Sport or Sport Plus modes. More details on this in a minute.)
If you’re not in Sport mode in the Taycan GTS, Taycan GTS Taycan GTS acts much like an Audi and will not quit its line until you force it too hard, and in that case, it responds with a short dose of understeer before dialing itself back into the bar. Any attempts to rotate are swiftly and quietly stopped. If you’ve attempted to turn, the Taycan GTS reveals its proper stability, letting the rear end go loose and giving you enough time to catch it. Even if you don’t, this car can handle it, but you’ll barely feel its electronic fingers as you enter. Because of its grip, however, you’ll need an appropriate track to explore the more tail-happy side of the car. ( We did, and it was incredible).
Quick Steering, Hard Riding, And Magic Braking
The ride is quite firm and perhaps a little too strong for a grand tourer car, which we’ve already noted when reviewing other Taycan variations. It becomes significantly more rigid with the vehicle set to its Sport and Sport Plus modes until the car’s ride can be pretty unpleasant when the pavement is slick.
The handling is pure Porsche, very rapid, and highly responsive, although heavy when you have more sporty modes set. Contrary to most automobiles, Porsche does not decouple the settings for suspension and steering, which means that when you put the air springs to stiffer settings, it is a case of weighty steering. This makes precise turning difficult. As previously mentioned, its steering is swift, and when you’re struggling to keep the lock in place against the weight of all those wheels, the smooth modulation could become problematic. But, in the end, minimal correction is required; regardless of how rough the road is and how fast your speed through the corners, Taycan GTS will not be thrown off. Taycan GTS refuses to be taken off its line.
The braking system is essential to note: Porsche has gone to extreme lengths to replicate the feel of braking in the gasoline-powered car. It’s hard to discern the difference between friction and regenerative electrical braking. That’s because Porsche uses hydraulic pressure to push against the pedal, thereby providing the same sensation. This is a trick; maybe, however, it’s clever.
Porsche Taycan Sport Turismo: Baby Got Back
All that being said, we’re almost as excited over this Sport Turismo part of the game. It’s better than the Taycan sedan and has a larger trunk and better rear headroom. (Back-seat legroom isn’t outstanding, primarily due to the small space for toes under the seats at the front.) However, it’s the style that we love. This is one of the exotic European muscle wagons not often seen in the US. We’re not a fan of cliches; however, it’s challenging to define this Taycan Sport Turismo as anything other than tough-ass. The alternative is a Taycan car. This is perhaps one of the most attractive cars available; however, is it … you mean a Porsche sedan? There are two of them?
Taycan GTS Sport Turismo Taycan GTS Sport Turismo also comes with a price that is not too expensive, $134,650. This is further reduced with tax incentives. Like most Porsches, the options are the biggest challenge for budgets. This test vehicle comes with features such as vibrant red color ($3,150 and $5,330 for a GTS interior with matching trims–who would buy to buy a GTS without a GTS interior? ) Rear-axle steering ($1,620) Carbon-ceramic brakes ($9,080) and a host of other expensive add-ons, came with an estimated price of $178,340. That’s not the highest the Taycan GTS Sport Turismo can be.
Porsche Taycan GTS Sport Turismo Verdict
We’re anticipating more Taycan variations to be released, and it shouldn’t be a surprise to see that the GTS, like it’s found in a variety of other Porsche automobiles, will remain the most desirable option, at least in comparison to other Taycans. However, Porsche has to tackle the short range of the Taycan and overcome its aversion to driving on one-pedals before we can consider the otherwise smooth-driving GTS Sport Turismo a sweet spot in the world of electric performance vehicles.