- the gts slots between the 4s and turbo in the porsche taycan trim hierarchy.
- the gts also marks the debut of the taycan sport turismo wagon, which ditches its cross turismo kin's additional ride height and body cladding.
- deliveries of the taycan gts are due to begin in the first half of 2022.
porsche is bridging the gap between the taycan 4s and taycan turbo by adding a new gts trim to its electric sedan and wagon for 2022. offered exclusively with the taycan’s larger 93.4-kwh battery pack (lesser taycan models come standard with a 79.2-kwh pack), the taycan gts has two electric motors (one at the front axle, the other at the rear) that produce a combined peak of 590 horsepower with launch control engaged. that's 28 more peak horses than a taycan 4s with the same battery pack, but 80 peak horses less than a taycan turbo (both with launch control engaged). like other taycan models, the gts’s front motor directly drives the front wheels, while the rear unit mates to a two-speed gearbox.
although porsche claims the all-wheel-drive taycan gts claws its way from zero to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds, we wager the newest taycan trim will hit the mile-a-minute mark in a skosh over 3.0 seconds in our hands. consider the fact we pushed a taycan 4s to 60 mph in 3.4 seconds, or 0.4 second ahead of porsche's estimate for the model.
the gts touch
of course, the gts packs more than just extra horses under its slinky sheetmetal, as porsche blesses the model with trim-specific tuning to the likes of its active air suspension system and torque-vectoring rear end. while the gts cribs its red-painted six-piston front and four-piston rear rotors from the lesser taycan 4s, it trades the 4s's 14.2-inch front rotors for a pair of massive 15.4-inch units (the gts shares its 14.1-inch rear rotors with the 4s). those in search of additional braking performance can opt to fit their taycan gts with porsche's trick tungsten-carbide-coated brakes or a set of carbon-ceramic units.
complementing the additional performance kit of the gts are a number of distinct exterior and interior cues. in the former case, this includes bits such as a more aggressive front fascia and side skirts, gloss-black decor on the rear fascia, darkened headlight bezels, and black badging, 20-inch wheels, and window trim.
meanwhile, the interior of the taycan gts features black brushed-aluminum trim pieces and kick plates, as well as suedelike material (dubbed race-tex by porsche) on the steering wheel, seats, and headliner. if that's not enough, then porsche offers an available gts interior package that adds contrasting red or gray bits about the cabin. the optional extra also includes matte carbon-fiber trim to the likes of the steering wheel, door panels, and center console.
debut of the sport turismo
the taycan gts also marks the debut of the sport turismo version of porsche's electric vehicle. whereas the taycan cross turismo wagon wears suv-like body cladding to complement its additional ground clearance, the lower taycan sport turismo wagon shares its exterior decor with the taycan sedan. that said, the functional benefits of the taycan cross turismo's wagon shape carry over unchanged to the sport turismo.
predictably, the taycan gts's price falls between those of the $105,150 taycan 4s and $152,250 taycan turbo ($111,650 for the taycan 4s cross turismo and $154,850 for the taycan turbo cross turismo), with the sedan stickering for $132,750 and the sport turismo for $134,650. both taycan gts models are available to order now, with deliveries due to begin before the middle of 2022.