Top honours for all-electric Porsche sports car in magazine awards
Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo honoured in the 2022 GQ Car Awards
The Porsche Taycan 4S Cross Turismo has been named ‘Estate of the Year’ by GQ magazine in its annual Car Awards.
Building on the proven strengths of the award-winning, all-electric Taycan sports saloon such as superior performance and long range, the all-wheel drive, five-door Cross Turismo offers even greater versatility that makes the car a true all-rounder.
Like the Taycan, the Cross Turismo benefits from an innovative electric drive with 800-volt architecture. The high-tech chassis with all-wheel drive and adaptive air suspension also ensures confident handling and control off the beaten track. Add 47 mm more headroom for rear seat passengers and over 1,200 litres of luggage capacity, accessed through the large rear tailgate, and the Cross Turismo is ready for adventure.
For its 2022 Awards, the judges at GQ made the decision to nominate only electric-powered finalists, with a mix of classics alongside contemporary new cars, and a selection of futuristic concepts and prototypes. For each category winner, the Editors’ were looking for cars that were inspirational, have automotive integrity and get the pulse racing.
Set against these assessment criteria, the Taycan immediately caught the imagination of the judging panel: “The Porsche Taycan 4S Cross Turismo is a grown-up, totally usable EV that instantly bestows a level of cool that no other family car comes close to. We’ve called it our 'Estate Of The Year', but we could have gone with 'Shooting Brake', 'Hatchback', 'Cross-Over', or even 'Grand Tourer'. In other words, this is the ultimate dad-bod Porsche, if that dad happens to be Brad Pitt."
With the introduction of the Taycan Cross Turismo and the more recent Taycan Sport Turismo, Porsche is expanding the product portfolio of its first all-electric model range as it continues the systematic pursuit of its path towards sustainable mobility. The Stuttgart sports car manufacturer sees itself as pioneers of sustainable mobility: by 2025, half of all the new vehicles sold worldwide will have an electrified drive – either fully electric or plug-in hybrid. Already in 2021, the combined proportion of Porsche sports cars sold in the UK with an electrified drivetrain totalled nearly 40 per cent.
Four derivatives of the Taycan Cross Turismo are available. The Performance Battery Plus, which has a total capacity of 93.4 kWh, is a standard feature. The model range is as follows:
• The Taycan 4 Cross Turismo with 280 kW (380 PS), overboost power for Launch Control 350 kW (476 PS), acceleration 0-62 mph in 5.1 seconds, top speed 137 mph, range (WLTP) 242 – 283 miles.
Price from £81,500.00 RRP
• The Taycan 4S Cross Turismo with 360 kW (490 PS), overboost power with Launch Control 420 kW (571 PS), acceleration 0-62 mph in 4.1 seconds, top speed 149 mph, range (WLTP) 241 – 281 miles.
Price from £88,270.00 RRP
• The Taycan Turbo Cross Turismo with 460 kW (625 PS), overboost power with Launch Control 500 kW (680 PS), acceleration 0-62 mph in 3.3 seconds, top speed 155 mph, range (WLTP) 245 – 281 miles.
Price from £117,960.00 RRP
• The Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo with 460 kW (625 PS), overboost power with Launch Control 560 kW (761 PS), acceleration 0-62 mph in 2.9 seconds, top speed 155 mph, range (WLTP) 241 – 260 miles.
Price from £140,360.00 RRP
The all-wheel drive chassis featuring Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) electronic damper control plus three-chamber adaptive air suspension is familiar from the Taycan saloon; this is standard on every Cross Turismo. This repertoire can be extended with an optional Off-Road Design Package that increases ground clearance by a further 10 mm, for a total of 30 mm versus the saloon. In this guise, the Cross Turismo can cover a variety of mixed surfaces and uneven tracks. The standard “Gravel Mode” helps here, by optimising control precision on gravel or muddy roads by adapting the chassis, traction and throttle systems.
In its exterior styling, the Taycan Cross Turismo closely follows that of the Mission E Cross Turismo concept study presented at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. Its silhouette is defined by the sporting roofline sloping downward to the rear – called a ‘flyline’ by the Porsche designers. Off-road design elements include wheel arch trims, unique front and rear lower aprons and side sills. As part of the Off-Road Design Package, the Cross Turismo has special vanes at the corners of the front and rear bumpers and at the ends of the sills. These make for a striking exterior appearance as well as providing protection from stone impacts.