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Tuesday, 18 January 2022 10:04

Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo review

 At a glance

New price £81,555 - £140,751
Used price £81,630 - £163,175
Fuel Economy 2.4 - 2.8 miles/kWh
Insurance group 50How much is it to insure?
New
4.8 - 14.0
Miles per pound (mpp)
 What is mpp?
 

 PROS

  • Stupefyingly quick
  • Range can exceed 300 miles
  • Comfort and quality match pace

 CONS

  • Competitive base price lacks kit
  • And you'll want the options
  • More practical estates out there

Sitting alongside the Porsche Taycan, a four-door electric GT, the Taycan Cross Turismo is a five-door fastback that offers more practicality and a hint of off-road capability. Think of it as an electric Panamera and you're not that far off, but it's a bespoke design for the battery-powered platform and uses all the benefits of electric tech to full effect.

Where the Taycan seems relatively expensive next to other high-end electric cars, the Taycan Cross Turismo comes across as being better value. Yes, it's more than a rear-wheel drive Taycan, but you start out with more space, a bigger battery, all-wheel drive with adjustable air suspension, and a more useful car overall.

Next to a Tesla Model X, Jaguar I-Pace, or Audi e-Tron, the Taycan Cross Turismo doesn't seem like bad value even ignoring the cachet of the badge on the front, at least until you delve into the specs.

How is the Cross Turismo different from the regular Taycan?

As well as the fundamentally more practical bodystyle, the Cross Turismo version brings a few off-roading niceties and includes the larger battery and air suspenion on all models. The regular Cross Turismo has a ride height of 20mm higher than a Taycan, while an off-road package gives it another 10mm of ride height.

Porsche is known for performance, and there are S, Turbo and Turbo S models that push the performance away from the 'adequate' of the entry-level model and into 'ludicrous', at which point prices start to climb. Getting the stats to out-argue a Tesla owner will cost you six figures.

Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo review - front view, gravel
 
But realistically, for use in Britain, you don't need that performance. What the Cross Turismo does best is present an air of style, quality and comfort that is rarely found these days. Exemplary fit and finish, supportive seats, and a combination of electric smoothness and attention to detail that results in a rapid and refined GT that can also be used to pop to the shops guilt-free. Even if those shops are somewhere in the Alps.
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Wednesday, 05 January 2022 08:53

Tested: 2022 Porsche 911 GTS Gets More Hardcore

 
2022 porsche 911 gts
PORSCHE

 

HIGHS: More power, less weight, exceptional execution.

 

However, if that horsepower bump isn't sufficient to conquer that last tenth of a second, the new GTS-exclusive lightweight package ($8690) promises to trim an additional 55 pounds from the curb weight, in part by removing the rear seat. Up front, you've got your choice of 18-way seats or the ingress-challenging but delightfully supportive carbon-fiber fixed-back buckets found elsewhere in Porsche's GT sports-car portfolio. Rear-axle steering is also part of the GTS package, and it's more aggressive in Sport and Sport Plus modes—perhaps too much so on the highway. While our early-build GTS lacked the thinner glass and reduced sound-deadening material included in the lightweight package, it weighed in at 3399 pounds with the optional 23.7-gallon tank ($230), or 20 pounds more than a Carrera S with the standard 16.9-gallon tank.

Even with all the sound insulation in place, the 911 GTS is a raucous beast at idle, clattering away at 50 decibels in its quietest mode or 57 with the exhaust system opened up. Give it the beans with the standard sport exhaust in the loudest setting and a lawn-mower-rivaling 98 decibels shrieks through the cabin at wide-open throttle. Between the pervasive noise and the physical origami required to plop into the $5900 carbon-fiber buckets, the cockpit of the GTS is perhaps best appreciated on the track.

 

2022 porsche 911 gts
PORSCHE

LOWS: Checking the options boxes quickly pushes you into GT3 territory.

 

Those who do seek out a road course won't be disappointed. Rear helper springs pilfered from the 911 Turbo provide even more stability to an already highly composed chassis. Body roll is practically nonexistent, and we recorded a tenacious 1.06 g's of stick around our skidpad. The standard brakes also come courtesy of the Turbo's parts bin; our test car had the optional carbon-ceramic rotors ($8970), which only get better as they gather heat, stopping from 70 mph in 143 feet and 288 from 100 mph.

As always, even choosing just a few options can torpedo the exactitude of the 911 hierarchy. With an as-tested price of $162,940, our 911 Carrera GTS nipped at the base price of a GT3, which beckons with its siren song of a naturally aspirated flat-six. Not even Porsche can split a hair that fine.

Specifications

2022 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS
Vehicle Type: rear-engine, rear-wheel-drive, 2-passenger, 2-door coupe

PRICE
Base/As Tested: $138,050/$162,940
Options: Carbon-ceramic brakes with yellow calipers, $8970; full bucket seats with rear seat delete, $5900; black leather and Race-Tex interior, $4530; Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control, $3170; rear-axle steering, $2090; 23.7-gallon extended range fuel tank, $230

ENGINE
twin-turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 24-valve flat-6, aluminum block and heads, direct fuel injection
Displacement: 182 in3, 2981 cm3
Power: 473 hp @ 6500 rpm
Torque: 420 lb-ft @ 2300 rpm

TRANSMISSION
8-speed dual-clutch automatic

CHASSIS
Suspension, F/R: struts/multilink
Brakes, F/R: 16.1-in vented, cross-drilled, carbon-ceramic disc/15.6-in vented, cross-drilled, carbon-ceramic disc
Tires: Pirelli P Zero PZ4
F: 245/35ZR-20 (91Y) NA1
R: 305/30ZR-21 (100Y) NA1

DIMENSIONS
Wheelbase: 96.5 in
Length: 178.5 in
Width: 72.9 in
Height: 50.9 in
Passenger Volume: 49 ft3
Cargo Volume: 14 ft3
Curb Weight: 3399 lb

C/D TEST RESULTS
60 mph: 2.8 sec
100 mph: 8.0 sec
1/4-Mile: 10.9 sec @ 128 mph
130 mph: 11.3 sec
150 mph: 15.9 sec
170 mph: 23.6 sec
Results above omit 1-ft rollout of 0.2 sec.
Rolling Start, 5–60 mph: 3.9 sec
Top Gear, 30–50 mph: 2.2 sec
Top Gear, 50–70 mph: 2.7 sec
Top Speed (mfr's claim): 193 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 143 ft
Braking, 100–0 mph: 288 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft Skidpad: 1.06 g

EPA FUEL ECONOMY (C/D EST)
Combined/City/Highway: 20/18/23 mpg

https://www.caranddriver.com/reviews/a38665114/2022-porsche-911-gts-by-the-numbers/

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Wednesday, 15 December 2021 05:56

New Porsche Taycan GTS Sport Turismo 2022 review

The new Porsche Taycan Sport Turismo adds a bigger boot and more headroom to the electric supercar’s growing range 

Verdict

The Porsche Taycan GTS Sport Turismo finally proves that EVs really can be as exciting to drive as they are fast, as practical to use as they are desirable – albeit at a high price here. There are few excuses required for this car. It even has a 313-mile range and can be charged to 80 per cent of this in less than 23 minutes. If this is the future, it’s not just bright, it’s downright brilliant.

Porsche’s Taycan GTS Sport Turismo could be its best electric car yet. It looks great, goes like stink, is beautifully designed and engineered, and – with just a couple of small caveats – it drives quite brilliantly.

So although it costs a whopping £104,990, it requires few excuses to justify, and when you compare it with its closest brother from within Porsche’s own petrol-engined line-up – the similarly styled Panamera GTS Sport Turismo – the list of excuses actually gets shorter.

It’s more than £5,000 cheaper than the Panamera GTS ST. It also offers more power and torque, at 590bhp and 850Nm, so in simple terms it’s just faster: 0-62mph takes 3.7 seconds in the Taycan, 3.9 in the Panamera. Plus, of course, from an ecological point of view, the Taycan GTS is operating in an entirely different universe.

So what are the compromises? Well, it’s the same old triumvirate on the surface; weight, range and charging time. Except even in these areas the Taycan GTS no longer seems all that out-moded.

Its 2,370kg kerbweight doesn’t cripple its dynamic ability. On winding roads the GTS Sport Turismo serves up a lovely mix of ride, handling and steering precision. Its steering is especially crisp, its body control and traction both spookily good given the sheer weight the GTS carries, and, at last, even its brakes inspire real confidence. So the GTS drives as good as it looks, in other words.

Porsche has even managed to solve the often thorny EV issue of sound, too, by giving the Taycan GTS an intriguing new voice. One that includes blips on downshifts between the two gear ratios and a variety of screams and fizzes under acceleration that really do add to the car’s driver appeal.

Also not to be undersold is the extra hit of practicality the Sport Turismo bodyshell brings. In the front it’s familiar enough territory, albeit with a variety of welcome GTS touches to elevate the cabin; good sports seats make a difference, too. But in the rear there’s a lot more headroom and a much bigger boot (446 litres).

It also comes equipped with most, if not quite all the goodies you’d want as standard. Porsche Adaptive Suspension Management is included, for example. But you’ll need to pay extra for our car’s four-wheel steering and its upgraded surround-sound audio system.

And the other caveats? One, the battery still takes 23 minutes to charge from 5 to 80 per cent, and even this requires the most rapid charger possible. But that’s electric cars for you, and the Taycan is one of the fastest to replenish. 

Two, it does chew through its theoretical 313-mile range dramatically if you drive hard, to a point where its real-world range is nearer 200 miles if you’re going for it. Then again, a Panamera GTS would quaff a tank of petrol at a broadly similar rate, which would cost you £135.

Finally, and only if we’re being picky here, the Taycan GTS feels a touch cumbersome under full brakes when you’re going downhill from a big speed into a slow corner. You just need to be fully aware of the physics involved under such circumstances.

Model: Porsche Taycan GTS Sport Turismo
Price: £104,990
Battery/motor: 93.4kWh/2x e-motor
Power/torque: 590bhp/850Nm
Transmission: Two-speed automatic, four-wheel drive 
0-62mph: 3.7 seconds
Top speed: 155mph
Range: 313 miles
Charging: 270kW (5-80% in 23mins)
On sale: Now

(https://www.autoexpress.co.uk/porsche/taycan/356872/new-porsche-taycan-gts-sport-turismo-2022-review)

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The GTS lives in the Goldilocks zone where driver-focused handling meets prodigious power.

 

It would be an understatement to say that the Porsche Taycan has been a raging success. In just two years, this svelte four-door electric sport sedan has already begun to outsell the vaunted Porsche 911, the iconic heart and soul of the brand. It has also proven wildly successful even when compared to Tesla, the established EV juggernaut. Through the first three quarters of 2021, Taycan sales far outstripped those of the Model S and Model X combined. Porsche is keeping up the pressure by introducing the new-for-'22 Taycan GTS, a stunning driver-focused variant that neatly slots into a price and performance gap in the Taycan lineup.

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2022 taycan sport turismo gts
The blacked-out theme continues inside, where you'll find a GTS interior dominated by black Race-Tex, Porsche's faux-suede material. It's the primary treatment on the standard 18-way adaptive sport seats, the headliner, roof pillars, and sun visors. It covers the horizontal design axis below the dash top and the central spine that divides the cockpit. It's also the grippy wrapping material on the multifunction GT sport steering wheel, which is equipped with a prominent driving mode dial because the Sport Chrono package comes standard on the GTS. The cabin also features red stitching throughout, and dark-finish brushed-aluminum trim—unless you opt for matte-black carbon fiber, as in our car. As an option, there's a panoramic sunroof with a new Variable Light Control system, an embedded array of nine massive car-spanning LCD segments that can be manipulated using a touchscreen interface.

We've driven many flavors of the Taycan, and they've always impressed. But the GTS takes it to another level, with an intentionally more driver-focused setup that delivers the kind of fierce capability that's implied by its no-nonsense looks. The same adaptive air suspension and Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) systems are present, but they've been thoroughly recalibrated with the aim of creating a more neutral cornering attitude and better turn-in response. The tweaks extend to the standard Torque Vectoring Plus and Power Steering Plus systems, as well as the optional rear-steer system and PDCC adaptive anti-roll bars. The engineering team has absolutely succeeded, as the front end feels far more responsive when pushed hard in tight bends. The buildup of steering effort in all types of corners is especially authentic because the electric power-steering system utilizes a unique feedback loop that considers the road forces pushing in from the tie-rod ends and tweaks the level of assist according to the GTS playbook.

2022 taycan sport turismo gts
A good deal of our driving occurred on the Big Willow track at Willow Springs, and here the Taycan GTS proved to be a potent track car with predictable and approachable limits. This venerable track needs repaving, but the cracked surface only served to show how tenacious, unruffled, and downright smooth the GTS can be when pushed hard on a less-than-perfect surface. We nudged the limits of the stability-control system on a tight right-hander that crests a hill, but a one-second press of the Traction Management button toggled the system to Sport mode and expanded the intervention limits enough to get through the same section with our foot hard on the accelerator the next time around.

Afterwards, we were fully able to review and break down the game film via the Porsche Track Precision app for Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. Controlled via the main touchscreen, these apps integrate data streaming from the car's onboard systems with a smartphone camera or Bluetooth-connected GoPro to produce detailed driving traces that are fully synchronized with video. The Taycan GTS represents the first integration of this app in a Porsche four-door, and it can absolutely produce performance worthy of this level of track-day nerdery.

2022 taycan sport turismo gts
Once again, Porsche has proven that the GTS trim level is the one that driving enthusiasts should slaver over. The 2022 Porsche Taycan GTS does not have as much ultimate horsepower or straight-line punch as the Turbo and Turbo S, but it's no slouch, and you can absolutely wring it out when the road turns twisty. It starts at $132,750, but as with any Porsche, you can inflate that quite a bit with options. Our sample car was priced at $180,070. Deliveries are set to begin in early 2022, but the order books are open now. If you have the means, we suggest you get cracking, because Taycans of all stripes are in increasingly high demand. The Taycan GTS will only add more fuel to the fire.
 
(https://www.caranddriver.com/reviews/a38381614/2022-porsche-taycan-gts-drive/)
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Tuesday, 09 November 2021 08:15

Special Porsche 911 GT3 for a special customer

Painted with "war colors" as worn in 1985 by the racing Porsche 956B with which Klaus Ludwig, Louis Krager and Paolo Barilla won the Le Mans, the Porsche 911 GT3 was ordered and bought by one of the mentioned - Paolo Barilla.

At Porsche, they have once again shown that, if money is not an issue, there are no wishes they cannot fulfill in their latest department for the richest and most spoiled customers.

The last extraordinary job was commissioned by former Italian racer Paolo Barilla who wanted a 911 GT3 in the colors that adorned the 1985 Porsche 956B racing private team New-Man Joest Racing with which Barilla (along with Klaus Ludwig and Louis Krager) reached the top podium at the famous 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race.

Three years passed from the idea to the realization of the project, because Barilla waited for Porsche to make a new GT3 based on the 992 Series, and the final result is a unique Coupé in the colors of the winning 956, which, among other things, bears the starting number (7) who was carrying a Porsche race car from the then C1 class.

In addition to the colors on the body, the details that make the Barillin 911 unique are the plates with its signature on the B-roof rack, a sketch of the track in Le Mans sewn on the headrests, sill plates, a newly designed rear spoiler and a magnesium gear lever modeled on the lever from Porschea 956B.

With the Porsche 911 GT3 that will "associate it with the thunder of Le Mans", Paolo Barilla celebrated his 60th birthday. The price of the "story" was not published, but it is clear that money was not a limiting factor for another man of the famous Italian food factory, because according to Forbes magazine, his wealth exceeds 1.39 billion dollars.

 

Porsche is preparing three more new versions of the 911 model

The offer of the current generation of the immortal "elf" will soon be expanded with three new versions with which Porsche will once again look back on its glorious past.

The latest example of Porsche's look back was the extraordinarily thought-out 911R (991), with an atmospheric boxer engine from the 911 GT3 RS and a manual transmission, the "R" numerically limited. arrived to insure their copy paid much more than its official price.

According to some American media reports, Porsche is preparing three special models based on a similar recipe based on the current generation (992) of the immortal "elf", and the first of them in the name should have the addition of Sport Classic, which would hide the 911 Turbo engine. S, rear-wheel drive and manual transmission Unofficially, the Porsche 911 Sport Classic will be produced in 250 units.

The next version will be called 911 ST and should be associated with the eponymous track-facing Porsche model from the early seventies. Like the original, the 992 ST should get significantly expanded fenders, and it will be powered by an additionally enhanced 4.0-liter boxer "atmospheric" from the current GT3.

At the end of the planned series is the 911 RS, with which Porsche will mark half a century since the introduction of the first RS, and the reminder of the famous ancestor will be based on the 911 GTS model, which will (expectedly) be much lighter and more powerful.

One thing is for sure, all the mentioned numerically limited models will be sold out in record time.

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Monday, 08 November 2021 07:26

A flawless replica of the 1961 Porsche Zagata 356

What you see here is a replica of the 1961 Porsche-Zagat 356 Carrere Coupe ‘Sanction Lost’. However, this is not just a simple recreation of the Italian bodybuilder; there is also an interesting story, with a history dating back to the late 50s.

The original car was owned by Porsche driver Claude Storez. The runner, who was considered the ‘Prince among runners’, turned to Zagata in 1957 to make a special aerodynamic bodywork for his Porsche 356 Carrera Speedster. After a year, the company delivered a finished body with a one-piece curved windshield and the iconic red longitudinal Zagato fins. Before returning the car to Storez, Porsche finished the job by adjusting the mechanics, Jutarnji.hr writes.

The Porsche-Zagato Speedster then raced in the Tour De France Automobile stage race in September 1958, and is believed to have finished second carrying number 139. Storez then joined the French Rally in February 1959 where he was killed in an accident, after which his the destroyed Porsche loses all trace.

This story served as inspiration for American collector Herb Wetanson to order a Porsche-Zagato 356 Speedster that is identical to Storez’s car. Zagato agreed, calling the recreation ‘Sanction Lost’, instead of the typical ‘Sanction II’ that was never found.

Zagato used the latest photometric technology to scan photos of the original speedster, allowing the company to digitally recreate the design. However, Zagato unveiled a concept drawing for the Zagato Porsche Carrera Coupe during the ‘Sanction Lost’ process, which led them to decide to create 18 units in memory of Storez’s Speedster - nine speedsters and nine coupes.

All 18 units are made from the original Porsche 356, but only two coupes and one speedster use Carrera engines. Of those three, only one of each body type is finished in Bianco Gardenia shades with red accents. Both are sold on RM Sotheby’s auction platform, and are expected to fetch between $ 550,000 and $ 650,000.

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Thursday, 16 September 2021 06:56

New Porsche Taycan 4S Cross Turismo 2021 review

With a lower price tag and more boot space, the all-electric Porsche Taycan 4S Cross Turismo is the perfect all rounder 

Verdict

There are very few chinks in the armour of this more affordable Porsche Taycan 4S Cross Turismo. It’s still more than fast enough, handles beautifully, balances this with plenty of comfort and refinement, and offers plenty of tech. It’s still a pricey machine in isolation, but the quality of the driving experience, the interior and the technology live up to expectations – and in a more practical estate body style with even more comfort, the Taycan has never been so appealing.

We’ve sampled Porsche’s more practical, slightly more rugged Taycan Cross Turismo electric car in high-performance (and pricey) Turbo form, but as is the way with the German brand, more affordable models always follow close behind – and so it is that we’re driving this less powerful ‘4S’ version of the Taycan Cross Turismo.

More affordable is a relative term given it costs from £88,270, and with the test car we tried coming in at £102,961 with options. But nonetheless, at £117,960 for the Taycan Turbo Cross Turismo, and £140,360 for the Turbo S, this 4S certainly lowers the barrier to Taycan CT ownership.

For that price you still get the 93.4kWh Performance Battery Plus, which offers a maximum claimed range of 277 miles. With up to 270kW DC charging capability, if you can find a point fast enough, a five to 80 per cent charge will take less than 23 minutes thanks to the Taycan’s 800v electric architecture. You can also opt for a 22kW AC on-board charger for an extra £1,179, but given an 11kW charger is standard, we wouldn’t bother.

The mid-speed punch is still incredibly rapid and is controlled by a chassis that is sublime. It proves electric cars needn’t all be the same to drive; the Taycan in all its forms reinforces that EVs can have character and be enjoyable, and in the Cross Turismo it’s even better. This stems from the slightly raised ride height, by 20mm compared with the standard Taycan saloon, or 30mm on our test car that was equipped with the £1,161 Off-road Design Package.

This extra suspension travel for the adaptive air system means that, even on 20-inch alloy wheels, the Porsche rides beautifully over torn country roads and at low to medium speed in built up areas, where the near-silent powertrain also means refinement is excellent. In fact, even on the motorway the Taycan is superbly quiet – doubly impressive given the Cross Turismo has a big hatchback compared with the standard saloon. 

Sometimes at higher speed over sharp crests in the road the suspension’s fluidity breaks down, causing a noticeable thump, but this is rare – and even when it does the Cross Turismo controls its weight relatively well. You’re always aware of its mass, but the chassis contains it and delivers reassuring handling; only when you really start to push does the car struggle to cope. And the Cross Turismo does invite you to push, because the steering is the best of any electric car. All Taycans offer a wonderful weight, beautifully direct response and even a hint of feedback.

 There is one drawback to its dynamic ability though. While the power delivery is mostly smooth, if you ask for maximum acceleration coming out of a slow corner you can feel the rear-mounted two-speed transmission drop down into its lower ratio before the Cross Turismo thrusts forward. It’s far from frustrating, but in a machine whose engineering is otherwise incredibly highly polished, it’s an odd anomaly.

This feeling of polish extends to the cabin, as like the Taycan saloon, the three-screen set-up is crisp, quick to respond and looks great. It marries this easy-on-the-eye appearance with strong functionality, too.

Unlike the Taycan saloon the Cross Turismo is more of a shooting brake estate, with a hatchback that reveals a 446-litre boot, making it a more practical option. There’s an 84-litre storage compartment in the front for charging cables, too. Space in the rear is great despite the low roofline; there’s a chunky sill to climb over, but once you’re sitting back there, head and legroom are fine.

Combined with efficiency of more than four miles/kWh over a mixed test route that explored the Taycan’s performance frequently, it’s even efficient, so at least the running costs should be easy to bear – and you can’t say that about many £90,000 estate cars with this level of performance.

Model: Porsche Taycan 4S Cross Turismo
Price:  £88,270
Battery/motor:  93.4kWh, 2x electric motors
Power/torque:  563bhp/650Nm
Transmission:  Two-speed automatic, four-wheel drive
0-62mph:  4.1 seconds
Top speed:  149mph
Range/charging:  277miles/270kW DC (5-80% 23mins)
On sale:  Now

(autoexpress.co.uk)

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