Four years after Porsche showed us the original Mission E concept, the 2020 Taycan is finally here, ahead of its public premiere at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show. Porsche's new EV arrives on the heels of numerous teasers, a hatchback concept (that we later drove) and the construction of a new plant to build the company's first battery-electric vehicle. Plenty of testing allowed it to claim a record lap time around the Nürburgring's Nordschleife for a four-door electric car. We've even gone for a ride in a prototype.
Likely even more important to buyers is that there'll finally be a real alternative to the Tesla Model S that has ruled the large luxury electric sedan roost. Whether or not Porsche will be able to loosen Tesla's stranglehold on the segment remains to be seen, but attractive looks, gonzo performance and a tech-laden cabin appear to put the Taycan in the position to do just that when it goes on sale later this year.
While I certainly wouldn't kick aout of bed, there's a whole lot to like about the base Porsche Taycan 4 Cross Turismo. No, it's not as quick as the Turbo, but this EV's accolades extend well beyond one-punch acceleration. The 4 is every bit as comfortable, functional and luxurious as other Cross Turismos, with a lower price and better range to boot.
Well, better range probably. The EPA has yet to release official Taycan Cross Turismo mileage estimates, but the 4 should be the champion of the bunch. All Cross Turismos get the Taycan's larger 93.4-kilowatt-hour performance battery and the 4 uses a pair of motors, one at each axle. It's essentially an all-wheel-drive version of the standard Taycan sedan I tested earlier this year ().
I'm no stranger to When they worked, anyway.), so putting the 4 Cross Turismo through these same paces is a cinch. The climate control stays at 72 degrees and I don't alter my driving style one bit. That means above-average highway speeds on a long route from Los Angeles down through Orange, Riverside and San Diego counties, stopping at Electrify America stations along the way to record mileage and juice up. (
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