Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo, the first official photos of the prototypes

The Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo is hard at work completing the final tests before its debut. The off-road version of the Taycan was the protagonist of an intensive road test session that took it to the Nürburgring and Hockenheim circuits, as well as the Nardò Ring.

In addition, the Taycan Cross Turismo tackled the roads of the South of France and the Pyrenees. Of course, Porsche also used its own home circuit, the Weissach Development Center, to fine-tune the driving experience of the new model. In total, the prototypes of the new Porsche covered almost a million kilometers.

A world tour

The road tests, however, did not stop there. Since the beginning of the year, the Taycan Cross Turismo has covered a good part of one million kilometers in five of Porsche’s main markets in six weeks: the United States, the United Kingdom, Norway, the Netherlands and Germany.

Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo, first official photos of the prototypes

“In the development of the Cross Turismo, the most important challenge was to combine the sporting attitude with the off-road skills” emphasizes Stefan Weckbach, head of the Taycan series. “The Cross Turismo had to guarantee high level performance on the track and, at the same time, be agile in the most difficult terrains such as mud and gravel”. These latter conditions were simulated at the Weissach test center in the Endurance Testing Ground.

The work of designers

Like the Taycan, the Cross Turismo has also been subjected to rigorous tests to evaluate the effectiveness and performance of the battery pack. In addition, despite the car’s raised attitude, Porsche worked hard on aerodynamics by carrying out tests in the wind tunnel for a total of about 325 hours.

The Cross Turismo is equipped with all-wheel drive and an adaptive suspension system to adjust its height. Compared to the original Taycan, the Cross Turismo offers greater roominess for rear passengers, as well as greater load capacity.

The concept of the passenger compartment, from design to electronics, required 650 hours of coordinated work between the various engineering departments, while an additional 1500 hours were required to develop the first prototype.

In the footsteps of the Taycan

With the Taycan Cross Turismo, Porsche hopes to replicate the numbers of the Taycan. The model on sale since 2019 has so far brought several satisfactions to the German brand. For example, in 2020 the company’s sales in Norway practically doubled as 70% of customers focused on the Taycan.

The Taycan has also received 50 awards worldwide and the rear-wheel drive version (here we talk about the “base” Taycan) holds the world record for the longest ever drift of an electric car with 42 km.

The Taycan Cross Turismo will be unveiled on March 4th at 4 pm (Italian time), while the arrival in dealerships is scheduled for this summer.

Source: Motor1.com Italia – News by it.motor1.com.

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