The Porsche Taycan continues to diversify with GTS and Sport Turismo reveals in LA
The proliferation of Porsche’s Taycan continues this week in LA with the reveal of both a new bodystyle and GTS variants. These additions bring the body-count up to three for the Taycan, slotting in between the standard saloon and Cross Turismo models, while the GTS joins the saloon and Sport Turismo ranges alongside the existing range.
The Sport Turismo shares an identical body-in-white with the Cross, but does away with the arch cladding and 15mm ride height increase. Instead, the sleek estate body identically matches the saloon’s setup and geometry, and does without the additional rough-road driver modes.
Of more interest is the Taycan’s new GTS model, often a sweet spot in Porsche’s other models that combine the dynamically-focused options of high-spec Turbo or GT models with the lower outputs and price points of lesser models.
In the Taycan’s case, the GTS is based on the 4S specification with the larger 92.3kWh Performance Plus battery and Sport Chrono packs, but produces an additional 26bhp on overboost with to create a peak power of 589bhp. This power is derived from two motors – one on each axle – giving the GTS a 0-100kph time of 3.7sec and a top speed of 250kph.
The GTS’s chassis hardware is also based on the 4S, featuring standard air-suspension with PASM adaptive dampers, but the precise setup across the different driver modes is bespoke. Other chassis hardware like rear-wheel steering, Porsche’s PDCC Sport active anti-roll system and a torque-vectoring rear differential are optional, but the Porsche Sport Sound motor noise is standard (which it ought to be on all models, really).
Visually, the GTS model features a selection of dark-finish or black elements around the head and tail lights, window surrounds, front and rear bumpers and exterior door mirrors. There’s also a new wheel design with slim spokes and a pleasing lack of ‘aero’ paneling that are common on the standard Taycan’s wheel options. Inside there’s a usual theme of Porsche’s Race-Tex microsuede material on the doors, seats and steering wheel combined with brushed aluminium accents on the door cards and centre tunnel.
GTS and Sport Turismo models will reach customers by Spring in 2022, with local prices starting at $140,000, slipping neatly between the 4S and Turbo. Sport Turismo models also sit neatly between standard saloon and Cross Turismo models at an $1075 premium, model for model, and will also be available in the full range from base Taycan right up to the Turbo S.
This article originally appeared at evo.co.uk
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