Now that the Porsche Taycan already sells more units per year than the iconic 911, Porsche continues to diversify the range of its electric car with new versions, bodies and variants. This time it’s the turn to drive the Porsche Taycan GTS, a version with 598 hp of maximum power (in normal conditions it delivers 517 hp), a 93.4 kWh battery and a range that goes up to 504 km.
This new variant was presented just two weeks ago at the Los Angeles Show and is now on sale. It is the first with a GTS finish on the Taycan. With it this range of character and sporty finish is completed, since now all Porsche models have GTS version.
The aesthetic changes following the GTS recipe
As a good GTS, the Taycan incorporates a series of specific details that mark its style both externally and internally. At the front, the apron is specific, with a lower part in black that change your face of the Taycan notably compared to other versions such as the Turbo or the Turbo S.
Also the lenses of the optics are different in this version when going darkened, which gives it a more aggressive look and highlights more if possible the very wide width of this model. Matrix LED main optics are standard with Porsche Dynamic Light System Plus (PDLS Plus).
Moving to the side, the Taycan GTS wears a few tires specific design painted in satin black, 20-inch Turbo S Aero Design standard and 21-inch RS Spyder Design option. This design of rims can also be fitted on other Taycan, although only the GTS can carry them in that exclusive satin black color.
In the passenger compartment, the Race-Tex upholstery similar to the Alcantara and the 18-way electrically adjustable sports seats mark its personality.
Inside the brake equipment made up of 390-millimeter front and 358-millimeter rear discs with 6 and 4-piston calipers respectively.
They also go in black color the base of the exterior rear-view mirrors, the window profiles and the light line running across the rear, with integrated Porsche lettering.
Innovations coming with the GTS variant
The arrival of this new GTS variant of the Taycan brings with it a number of technological innovations, some of which will also apply to the rest of the Taycan range from now on.
The first one is the new energy management software which allows, in “Normal” and “Range” driving modes, the front electric motor that works with partial load and is switched on without power to be practically completely decoupled.
This allows to save energy and increase the range with the battery that comes standard until reaching the 504 km in WLTP cycle, a Taycan exceeding 500 km of declared official autonomy for the first time and increasing the autonomy of the basic rear-wheel drive Taycan by 18 km, which was until now the highest mileage.
This solution will be applied to the rest of the Taycan range from now on and they are considering whether it could be applied to the Taycan sold to date.
Another innovation that comes with the Taycan GTS is the panoramic roof with Sunshine Control. What is it? The glass surface of the panoramic roof is divided into 9 liquid crystal sections that form a film thanks to PDLC technology (Polymer Dispersed Liquid Cristal).
They are supplied with current through the electrical contacts. If the alternating current is low, the crystals are arranged in milliseconds so that the crystal becomes transparent. If, on the other hand, the crystal is disconnected from the power supply, the liquid crystals become disordered. In this way, the crystal becomes mate.
You can choose from the central touch screen which sections are transparent or matt. For example, if we want the occupants of the rear seats not to receive direct light, we put only the two or three rear sections in matt. You can also select “Semi” and “Bold”, two settings with predefined patterns by narrow or wide segments. When the car is turned off the roof is matt.
Dynamic behavior of the Taycan GTS
We have tested the Taycan GTS saloon on the track, at the Llucmayor track in Mallorca during the international press presentation. A priori, thinking about appreciating notable differences at a dynamic level between this version and others of the Taycan that we have already driven before seems like complicated.
It does 0 to 100 km / h in 3.7 seconds and the maximum speed is 250 km / h
After all, mechanically this car and a Taycan Turbo share engines, battery, brakes, chassis and bodywork, leaving only the tuning of suspensions and electronics as the only elements susceptible to modifications.
Three Taycan GTSs took to the track following a monitor who was driving a 680 hp Taycan Turbo. The good thing about electric cars is that the mechanics do not have to warm up before starting to pull, only the wheels and brakes (optional carbon ceramics in this case) must reach their optimum operating temperature, so the first turn is done in the Normal mode of the available rooms.
The Llucmayor circuit is an old karting track that has grown in size over the years, so much so that it now allows powerful cars like this one to roll. Your asphalt is algo bacheado in some areas, and there was also some grit and stones, so it is good to leave two cars behind with the one that precedes us.
Short and long lines that lead to 180 degree curves quite slow and tight, plus a couple of fast corners in support and two zones of eses mark the route. There are also quite a few changes in slope, with ups and downs, something that I love.
When the Taycan GTS tires have already reached temperature we switch to mode Sport and we started shooting. Keeping your foot on the accelerator in the same position, when going from Normal a Sport a change in the outside with which the car pushes is perfectly perceived.
The instant kick of this car never fails to amaze. Even after extensive testing of the different versions of the Taycan since it was launched in 2020, the Taycan always demonstrates power and acceleration capabilities. impressive.
Without the need to fully depress the accelerator it sticks you to the seat while experiencing G-forces that you are not used to. In this beyond the 598 HP of power, there is also 800 Nm of torque pushing from both axles, a huge figure that justifies those unique sensations that the Taycan GTS offers.
Running straight is easy, even a Tesla can do it, but where the Taycan makes the difference is in two points: the braking and cornering.
The power of the brake equipment is brutal. It is true that at the beginning, and especially when braking in a dirty area, it costs a bit to dose the intensity and brake correctly without the ABS acting, but once you have gotten the feel for it, this car allows you to make real braking. race car.
Once decelerated, it’s time to start spinning and that’s where the Taycan GTS feels different from other versions I’ve tried before. This car has a more direct answer, it is more instantaneous when we mark the turn with the steering wheel.
There is no understeer, and that is surprising when you think that you are driving a car almost five meters long, weighing 2.3 tons on a circuit sized for karts.
The inertias are minimal, the body is barely swaying and it seems that the Taycan GTS is constantly cheating the laws of physics.
Seeing how well the car behaves, we continue lap by lap, increasing the pace until limits that I never thought we could reach on that track with an electric car like that.
In fast corners the stability it is absolute. There is not a single movement that makes you lose confidence, and at all times you have a feeling of control and of knowing perfectly what is happening under the tires.
Management transmits a lot of information and you feel connected to the car, so that when it comes to pushing the throttle out of the curves, you perfectly perceive the level of grip or slip of the rear axle.
Yes, because in the mode Sport Plus it allows a certain degree of skidding when giving gas looking for the exit of the curves, and that becomes a game addictive.
In that mode Sport Plus Another characteristic of the Taycan GTS is perceived. The electric sound that the car emits to the passenger compartment and to the outside, is different from other Taycan. It does not pretend to emulate the sound of a gasoline engine, much less, but it does have a very characteristic sound that mixes that of a kind of spaceship with sounds that remind something of a racing car.
At Porsche we were assured that this sound is also modulated differently in the GTS to make it more audible, both inside and outside the car, thus increasing the feeling of sportiness.
The run on the track lasted 20 minutes, enough time to confirm that we are facing the sportiest Porsche Taycan of the range and not exactly before the most powerful.
A very interesting position for the Porsche Taycan GTS
Beyond their excellent behavior, the Taycan GTS is also at the moment the one that achieves greater autonomy, homologate 504 km in WLTP cycle thanks to a new energy management software.
Obviously in a circuit test you do not have to see the consumption (they exceeded 90 kWh after that exhaustive batch and they remained that way in the other two that we did), but that is another of the points in favor of this GTS version that also, with a price of 135.264 euros and a very high level of equipment, it is emerging as one of the star versions in the Taycan range.
And what about the Porsche Taycan GTS Sport Turismo? We could also test that, in this case on the road, but until December 15th they won’t let us tell you about the driving impressions. We will have to wait until then.
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