Porsche Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo: To hell with circumstances

Driving an e-car broadens the horizon. Range anxiety can be confidently put to rest. Trust us. We tested it in a Porsche Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo.
Text Matthias Mederer
Photo Matthias Mederer · ramp.pictures

»Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless, like water. Now you put water in a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water in a bottle, it becomes the bottle. You put it into a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Water can flow calmly or it can destroy. Be water, my friend.«

When Bruce Lee spoke those words, he probably wasn't thinking about a Porsche. Especially not a Porsche with an electric drive. And yet this wisdom fits. Like the charging cord in the wall socket, if you will. »Empty your mind.« Probably the most important prerequisite when encountering this car. Because only then will you realize what shape, what form this car can take. 50 km/h? Please. Gladly. 200 km/h? Please. Gladly. Semi-autonomous stop-and-go, listening to your favorite music in crystal-clear sound quality and almost concert-like acoustics? Please. Gladly. Using Launchcontrol to smoke a super sports car at the traffic light? Please. Gladly. Transporting a surfboard, snowboarding equipment or all the IKEA shopping to the city apartment? Please. Gladly. Snow, mud, gravel, tar? What ever? Please. Gladly.

The Porsche Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo is the mother of flow, so to speak.

If anyone wanted to define in the Oxford dictionary what a person may imagine by driving an e-car, they could print a picture of this Porsche.

There is a term in sports called a runner's high, which describes an onset of a high in long-distance runners because it puts the athlete in a pain-free, euphoric state of mind. According to Wikipedia, however, this state is only attainable for a person at an exertion intensity of approximately 80 percent of maximum oxygen uptake. Or at the wheel of this Porsche, you might add. But you don't need 80 percent of your maximum capacity. Rather, it's these small, finely dosed and spontaneous injections of power in between that turn driving into a completely new experience.

1.7 seconds from 80 to 120 km/h. This Porsche shakes that out of the permanently energized synchronous machines on the front and rear axles with such abrupt tension that you can actually accuse it of bored arrogance.

The hardest thing about this Porsche is probably pronouncing the model name: Porsche Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo. Two more terms and the whole thing would pass for a short story of its own.

And then, of course, there's always the real power side of the coin. The performance sport, if you will. Because of course you use the launch control at the traffic light out of town. Once. Maybe twice. The Porsche's propulsion escalates so violently that you can literally feel your stomach being pushed back. That takes getting used to. Topgun pilots may enjoy it or even relax. Everyone else will immediately understand where the word headrest derives its meaning.

It wouldn't be at all surprising if Porsche issued an explicit warning here in the owner's manual, in the form: Caution applies with pregnant women, children and people with weak hearts on board.

You can take a look when you get a chance. We didn't have the time or the inclination for such things and were too busy driving anyway. This is no joke. The Porsche draws its sovereignty from its sheer power. In a very pompous way, this means - this Porsche can always deliver.

Bruce Lee describes it much more delicately-and thus much more appropriately: »To hell with circumstances, I create opportunities.«

Porsche Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo
Drive: E-performance drive with two permanently excited synchronous machines each on the front and rear axles
Output (overboost): 761 hp (560 kW)
Max. Torque (with Launch Control): 1,050 Nm
Acceleration (with Launch Control): 0-100 km/h in 2.9 s
Vmax: 250 km/h
Long-range range: 330 km

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