While there might be a rear-wheel-drive Taycan saloon every Taycan Cross Turismo is all-wheel-drive, with one motor and a single-speed transmission at the front and another motor with a two-speed transmission at the rear. There are four cars on offer, namely the 4, 4S, Turbo and Turbo S, with power ranging from 380PS (280kW) in the 4 to 625PS (460kW) in the Turbo S. What’s more every Cross Turismo comes with the 83.7kWh Performance Battery Plus, what is the larger of the two batteries available in the regular Taycan range.
In many ways this is Taycan business as usual. As well as 625PS the Turbo has a whopping 850Nm of torque, and with the ‘Overboost’ function afforded by launch control you’re treated to a temporary nudge up to 680PS (500kW). As a result, 0-62mph takes 3.2 seconds and the top speed is limited to 155mph. From behind the wheel it feels spritely, especially so when you remember how heavy the car is. But what’s more impressive than the off-the-line pace is the way it accelerates when you’re on the move. You’ll hear plenty of people talk about how electric cars deliver instant torque, how they can shunt you forward with no delay whatsoever. Well having driven both the Cross Turismo and the 911 Turbo I can tell you that, rolling along at say 40mph, it’s the electric car that punches harder immediately.
The steering is accurate and weighty, and while the brakes need some serious effort to really work the pedal feels consistent. The default is for the car to roll when you lift off the accelerator rather than for the electric motors slow you down to recharge the batteries, but that can be changed.
The suspension, however, is the real talking point here. Although 30mm might not sound like much, stand next to the car with Gravel mode engaged and the suspension at its highest and the gap between the wheels and wheel arches is hilarious. A full-on safari car? Perhaps not, but that extra suspension travel does make a difference to how you drive. Where you might worry about a big, water-filled ditch in a car park or slow to an absolute crawl to carefully creep along a grass verge avoiding oncoming traffic (and you’ll need to at some point, because this is one wide machine), you find yourself attacking verges and bumps in the Cross Turismo. With the suspension at its lowest in Sport Plus mode (you get synthesised engine noised pumped into the cabin here, too) the Cross Turismo still handles well, even with its extra height.