I owe you an explanation of why and why I am examining two vehicles worth a small apartment one after the other. Such a small country and so much luxury? I have been asked, what can be done with a road test on such a vehicle, other than washing the eyes and eating the heart?
I will explain and say: As every year, during this period, end-of-year ceremonies are held to choose the car of the year, the Israeli and the international. Contestants are all new vehicles launched from the beginning of the year to the end. Out of quite a few ceremonies here in the country and hundreds around the globe, I am associated with two – my local private ceremony, this is the fifth year, “Choosing the Road Queen of the Year”, and an international ceremony – WWCOTY, short for Women’s World Car of the Year, Automotive Journalists in the World A ceremony in which I am a full judge along with 40 women, journalists from the field, from over 30 countries.
Last week’s Audi e Tron GT and Porsche Tycoon Cross Turismo will compete for the white and heart of car journalists in Israel and around the world. Both are excellent luxury / sports electric cars, which will undoubtedly fit into high places in the elections. In general, there is a good chance that the big winners will be electric cars.
2022 will be another landmark in the Electric Revolution. I am already being asked, “When will you test a gasoline car, among all these trams?”. And the truth is that gasoline models are dwindling. In 2022, tens of thousands of electric cars will be sold in Israel.
The Porsche Tycoon Cross Turismo is an elevated station wagon version of the luxurious electric saloon car, the Porsche Tycoon. In fact, it is a recreational vehicle, or “useful SUV version” according to Porsche, for trips. The vehicle by two inches, with the help of the adaptive air suspension.
Useful means that the headroom of the passengers in the rear seat is increased by an additional 47 mm, and the volume of the trunk (446 liters) reaches up to 1,212 liters, with the rear seats folded. It’s a little weird to load up front, it’ll take us all a while to get used to it.
A week after spending time with one of the electric cars in the country, this Porsche emerged, an electric luxury car and no less beautiful or special. Its appearance is spectacular and more exciting – a bit sporty, a bit “space”, in the form of cladding in the wheel arches, a front and rear “skirt” and unique side thresholds. In addition, there is, for an additional fee, a Package Design Offroad package, which includes special shields in the corners of the front and rear bumper and at the ends of the door sills. All of these add greatly to the overall design of the vehicle, and among other things protect the vehicle body from damage when driving on trails.
The Taekan Cross Turismo has two electric motors, front and rear, that send power to all wheels, and provide 490 horsepower, and in boost mode, Control Launch, that power jumps up to 571 hp. Your eyebrows are raised now, I know, mine too. The maximum is an instant 66.5 kg, acceleration from 0 to 100 km / h takes 4.1 seconds, and the maximum speed of this very elevated station wagon version is limited to 240 km / h.
The battery in the Tycan Cross Turismo, in all its variants, has a total capacity of 93.4 kilowatt hours (100 kilometers up to 20 minutes fast charging), and its real electric range is 370 – 390 kilometers. A range that requires earlier and more careful planning before long long-distance journeys than in other electric cars.
The cab and passengers are very high quality. The whole cabin is clad in black, silver finishes on the doors, red belts for the five passengers, a Porsche stamp on the seats, large digital screens in between, a piece of style the Tycan has. Yes, at first glance it seems too technological, and despite the intuitiveness of using the systems, it takes time to get acquainted with the various settings and adapt to the cockpit look full of buttons and options. At first, all of these can be a little stressful.
The vehicle feels me and propels the tycoon. I did not expect at least that. All screens come to life: the large and impressive screen in front of the driver’s eyes, the colorful 16.8-inch dashboard in the center, the multimedia system with a 10.9-inch screen, with lots of options for setting and controlling the equipment, and the various systems in the vehicle. There is also, an excellent audio system with ten BOSE speakers, a connection to Apple “Car Play”, memories for the driver’s seat, heating for the front seats, mood lighting and more.
Under the multimedia system is another screen, which controls, among other things, climate control and heating of the front seats. It has information and a display about the battery status, and the option, at the push of a button, to open the trunk and charge in the vehicle electrically. impressive. Another button on the special third screen, a gravel mode button, which raises the vehicle. You can really feel and hear the vehicle rise. The same screen looks like a touch screen, but has to be clicked to operate. Some interesting and not necessarily useful storage openings, one under the center console, and two round and generous storage spaces for glasses / bottles to the right of the driver, the glove compartment is flat and unusable.
The sports seats of the driver and passenger next to him are very comfortable and supportive, giving a natural feeling to the back and body. There are different and varied tuning options, from spy to head, I was able to quickly achieve the ideal tuning. The gaze momentarily searches for the gear lever, which is to the right of the steering wheel at chest height. A light click, and we set off. In crawling there is no noise inside the vehicle, at 50-60 km / h the “electric noise” begins to be present. This is a good sign of course, it means that there are no other noises to cover it. Quite quiet and pleasant here.
At first I drove in a standard “normal” mode, and felt I had enough power and torque, enough power in the accelerations from the place and the intermediate accelerations. On the electric range, in such a powerful vehicle. Whoever wants to maintain the range, will choose a range-saving mode, which will reduce the power consumption to a minimum in the vehicle, and limit the speed to 100 km / h.
Sport Mode and Sport Plus bring this special electric Porsche to the racing districts, with the psychic algae ahead. It would be insulting to say that it only “sharpens” the engine’s reactions. The bursts of enthusiasm and amazement will testify. The Tyken Cross Turismo is a precise, stable and very fast car. “, To control the regenerative braking in the vehicle, equipment that is very lacking, and it is evident that there is almost no recovery of energy to the battery during braking / deceleration while driving.
The Israeli safety rating of Tycan Cross Turismo is 7 out of 8, and includes: eight airbags, lane keeping system, autonomous braking in case of emergency, adaptive cruise control, vehicle identification system in “dead zone” and other advanced safety systems that can be turned on or off, according to Need for driver. Not available: Automatic braking when reversing, warning in case of fatigue / distraction of the driver, and warning to prevent children from being forgotten in the vehicle.
The cost of all this beauty and goodness: 910 thousand shekels. And there are also optional extras that have a total cost of NIS 178,000.
News and events
A double celebration in symbol, a Maserati importer in Israel. It celebrated ten years of activity of the Italian brand in the country, in a limited customer event. During the event, Maserati’s new sports model, the MC20 (pictured below), was unveiled for the first time in Israel, at a starting price of NIS 1.8 million. The MC20 model has a 3.0-liter V6 engine, with an output of 630 hp. The first unit that landed in the country was sold before its arrival, and will be delivered to a customer from the center of the country. Blacks, valued at NIS 2.1 million.
And in a very sharp transition: UDS, a company that specializes in importing and marketing electric transportation, lifting and transportation solutions for both industry and the private market, offers special benefits to buyers of the tiny electric vehicle, Sunshine M2. The electric model, which is included in the new licensing category of the Ministry of Transportation L7, is suitable for urban use, and includes accessories such as a color touch screen with Android, power steering wheel, camera, electric windows and electric side mirrors. Due to its modest dimensions, it can be parked sideways, perpendicular to the sidewalk, similar to a two-wheeler, and charged with a standard 220V household power outlet. Price: starting at NIS 59,000, including VAT.
Source: Maariv.co.il – רכב by www.maariv.co.il.
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