The Snowfall Fighter: Porsche Taycan Sport Turismo

Nordic combined ... combines cross-country skiing and ski jumping. And Porsche? In the Taycan Sport Turismo, it now combines just about everything you could want from a car. In the end, that results in winter festivities between strategic long distance and adrenaline rush.
Text Marko Knab
Photo Marko Knab ·

Snow falls silently, but in large quantities it has incredible power. It's a similar story with electricity: in itself and when it comes to powering vehicles, it's also a rather silent companion. But once both get rolling, there is almost no stopping them. No, up here on the Rossfeld panorama road in the German-Austrian border region, it's not an avalanche that goes off - it's the Taycan Sport Turismo in the »Turbo« version. And us? It's only logical that we unleash the electric super estate with all-wheel drive on snowy serpentines. Let us say this much: rarely has a "reasonable" car been more fun. But right from the start.

We set off from Leogang and roll through the Tyrolean idyll in a controlled manner. The Taycan with the third body variant masters cruising just as well as its brothers. Here, the practical body shape of the Cross Turismo meets lowered on-road performance that we knew from the sedan with its perception-shifting acceleration. In other words, Porsche closes the gap between reason and fun - if there ever was one in Zuffenhausen. And we reel off the kilometres, with the destination Rossfeldpanoramastraße.

Let us say this much: Rarely has a "reasonable" car been more fun. But right from the start.

Otherwise, the driving experience is basically the same: the Taycan Sport Turismo drives like a Taycan does - you don't feel the more voluminous rear end. Not on long journeys, which it handles calmly, not in a sporty driving style. In terms of driving dynamics, the new car completely makes up for the slightly higher roofline and the larger volume in the back. It moves forward with familiar stoicism and, if desired, almost ignorant performance, provided that the ESC is activated. But if we hit the touch "switch" in the dashboard, the »Sport« in the »Turismo« awakens and 625 hp choke on the four drive wheels. Snarling, the Sport Turismo now charges wildly through the snow just past the toll station on the Rossfeld panorama road.

The Taycan Sport Turismo drives like a Taycan - you don't feel the more voluminous rear end. Not on long journeys, which it handles calmly, not in a sporty driving style.

Until the Taycan and the white splendour itself just fly. And so i can happen that the editor giggles with joy in a car that is quite reasonable – at least on paper. Who in the world said that electric station wagons can't be fun? The first hairpin bend is crossed without feeling the 2330 kilos of weight. The pedal drops again, and the anthracite-coloured force of nature continues to work its way inexorably up the hill. Curve after curve. Arrived at the top? We are faster than expected, despite the closed snow cover. The Taycan has eaten snow and is powdered and smeared all around.

What else remains? The realisation that, in addition to the increased load space, the Sport Turismo has become a little better as a Taycan in everything it does. And that is noticeable. Not always immediately - but the whole is more than the sum of its parts. Better infotainment, a revised and more efficient Charging Planner and the adjustable sunroof add real value. You could also say: the Taycan is growing up. That's a good thing - the driver can concentrate on joyful and non-grown-up playing in the snow in an even more relaxed manner and with a clear conscience.

Porsche Taycan Turbo Sport Turismo
Drive: Two electric motors
Battery capacity: 93.4 kWh
Power: up to 460 kW (625 hp),
up to 500 kW (680 hp) at overboost
Max. Torque: 850 Nm
Acceleration: 0-100 km/h in 3.2 s
Vmax: 260 km/h

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