The Taycan is already probably the best electric car you can buy; Porsche thinks it can make it better
By John Howell / Wednesday, November 17, 2021 / Loading comments
We know two things about Porsche’s GTS models. Firstly, that those initials stand for Grand Turismo Sport and, secondly, that they usually bring with them something a little bit more resolved on the driving front. The first time they appeared was 1963, on the Porsche 904 Carrera GTS, and the most recent will be the Porsche Taycan GTS – the first time we’ve seen them on an electric Porsche. So that’s quite a big deal, then.
The Taycan has already proved beyond doubt that our electrified future isn’t just about ridiculous straight-line speed. Its maker pulled out all the stops to assure us that – from its production lines at least – there would be no shortage of nuance or delectable chassis balance or indeed impressively sweet steering – the hallmarks of true driver’s cars.
The Taycan GTS and Taycan GTS Sport Turismo will be shown off to the world at the LA Auto Show, which runs from the Friday till November 28. The GTS Sport Turismo is effectively the Cross Turismo without the off-road features – it has the same rear-end styling that translates into 45mm of extra rear-seat headroom and a 1200-litre boot.
Kevin Giek, Vice President Model Line Taycan said “I am particularly pleased that we now also have a Taycan with the legendary GTS moniker. It is positioned above the Taycan 4S and below the Taycan Turbo derivatives, so it represents a real sweet spot in the range.” He’s not wrong, when you consider it has 598hp (including overboost) and that takes it from 0-62mph in 3.7 seconds and on to a top speed of 155mph. Perhaps, more usefully when it comes to its sporty-touring credentials, the Taycan GTS also extends the WLTP range to 313 miles for both body types. Officially, they use energy at a rate of 3.05 miles per kWh.
As we’ve come to expect with GTS models, the Taycan GTS has a bespoke set-up to improve its dynamics. This includes tweaks to the PASM, air suspension, rear-wheel steering but also the Porsche Electric Sport Sound generator. This is described as providing a ‘richer sound pattern’. Continuing the GTS theme will be the usual black exterior detailing applied to the front apron, door mirror bases and window surrounds, while inside there’s plenty of Black Race-Tex suede and anodised brushed aluminium. There is a new option as well: a panoramic roof with Sunshine Control. This has a liquid crystal film applied to the glass that’s divided into nine sections. Each section can be switched to one of four settings, from clear to translucent, to prevent glare but still allow light into the cabin.
When they go on sale next spring, the Taycan GTS will be priced from 131,834 euros (roughly, that’s around £115,000 inc. VAT) while the GTS Grand Turismo will start at 132,786 euros. By the way, it hasn’t gone unnoticed by PH that the latter is therefore the Taycan Grand Turismo Sport Sport Turismo – perhaps just in case you weren’t quite sure about its sporty-tourer billing.
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