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Porsche’s £140,000 Taycan all-electric sports saloon gets down and dirty


WHEN Porsche unveils its new £140,000 electric car on stage in Munich next week it’s going to look very, er, second-hand.

I can only apologise.

Porsche bosses thought it would be cool to take the prototype Taycan Cross Turismo on a mini world tour of key markets ahead of its global debut – and not bother washing it

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Porsche bosses thought it would be cool to take the prototype Taycan Cross Turismo on a mini world tour of key markets ahead of its global debut – and not bother washing itCredit: www.richardpardon.co.uk

It’s mostly my fault because I coated it in mud at Blyton and probably spoiled the masterplan. Allow me to explain.

Bosses thought it would be cool to take the prototype Taycan Cross Turismo on a mini world tour of key markets ahead of its global debut – and not bother washing it.

They wanted to show the grime and dust it had picked up in the Californian desert, glacial Norway, on the autobahn and racetracks in Germany and so on.

But the thing is, this car has a special “gravel mode” and raised suspension, so for the UK leg I decided to test it on a rallycross loop.

This car has a special 'gravel mode' and raised suspension, so for the UK leg I decided to test it on a rallycross loop

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This car has a special ‘gravel mode’ and raised suspension, so for the UK leg I decided to test it on a rallycross loopCredit: Richard Pardon

It was predictably brilliant off-road, of course – lunatic fast, scalpel-sharp handling – and it gives me real hope for the future of rally.

But I absolutely obliterated all the previous layers of filth that had stuck to it. If you’re gonna do a job, etc.

Perhaps the best way to describe this car is: Taycan meets Audi allroad. Or electric sports saloon with a bigger boot. And roof rails. And a bike rack.

It was predictably brilliant off-road, of course – lunatic fast, scalpel-sharp handling – and it gives me real hope for the future of rally

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It was predictably brilliant off-road, of course – lunatic fast, scalpel-sharp handling – and it gives me real hope for the future of rallyCredit: Richard Pardon

Like Taycan, there will be a family of Cross Turismos starting from around £80k. All will be 4WD.

This test car is the range-topping Turbo S Cross Turismo packing a monster 760hp. Every inch a proper Porsche. It just needs a good clean.

Thank you to blytonpark.co.uk for letting us come and play.

Perhaps the best way to describe this car is: Taycan meets Audi allroad

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Perhaps the best way to describe this car is: Taycan meets Audi allroadCredit: Richard Pardon
This test car is the range-topping Turbo S Cross Turismo packing a monster 760hp

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This test car is the range-topping Turbo S Cross Turismo packing a monster 760hpCredit: www.richardpardon.co.uk

KEY FACTS: PORSCHE TAYCAN TURBO S CROSS TURISMO

  • Price: £140,000
  • Battery: 93kWh
  • Power: 760hp
  • 0-62mph: 3 secs
  • Top speed: 160mph
  • Range: 258 miles
  • CO2: 0g/km

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