The 2020 Porsche Taycan Sport Turismo has yet to be officially confirmed by the automaker. But everyone knows it’s coming. How so? Well, for starters, the internet is littered with spy shots and videos of the all-electric luxury station wagon undergoing testings. Then there’s the fact that Porsche already offers a wagon version of its luxury four-door Panamera.
While the release date of the Taycan Sport Turismo hasn’t been announced yet, it’s never too early to begin talking about a history-making automobile. Yes, Porsche’s new EV will be the world’s first electric-powered wagon. It’s also the only electrified luxury wagon on the market. At least until Elon Musk decides to get in on the action. Continue reading to learn more about what we expect from the upcoming 2020 Porsche Taycan Sport Turismo.
Under the Hood…Er, Battery Pack
The 2020 Porsche Taycan currently comes in three trim levels. They are the 4S, Turbo, and Turbo S. The base model is powered by a 79 kWh lithium-ion battery, while the Turbo and Turbo S have a larger 93 kWh battery. We expect these options to remain the same on the Taycan Sport Turismo. That means there will soon be wagons on the road powered by two electric motors that have a max output of 750 horsepower. That’s pretty cool if you ask us.
That said, the four-door Taycan will likely edge out the Sport Turismo on the track and at stoplights. That’s because the wagon should be just a bit heavier than the sedan, given the extra sheet metal its body style requires. The 2020 Porsche Panamera 4S weighs in at 4,296 pounds, while its wagon counterpart tips the scales at 4,397 pounds.
The Taycan is already portly, with a curb weight that ranges from 4,777 pounds to 5,132 pounds. We expect the Sport Turismo body style to add at least another 100 pounds to the Taycan’s curb weight. Of course, extra weight means less power and less range. That said, another 100 pounds or so would only create a dip in performance that would enrage the biggest of gearheads. Likewise, the loss in MPGe would upset only the most diehard of environmentalists.
With launch control, the Taycan Turbo S can do 0-to-60 mph in 2.6 seconds. The Taycan Sport Turismo will likely check-in around 2.7 or 2.8 seconds. The EPA has given the 2020 Taycan a max range of 201 miles. That number shouldn’t change at all for the Taycan Sport Turismo. If it does, then expect the EV’s max range to only fall a mile or so.
Expect More Headroom — And Possibly More Storage.
The Porsche Taycan isn’t exactly the roomiest sedan on the market. In fact, it only offers seating for four unless you opt for the optional second-row middle seat, which runs $480 extra. That said, the Taycan Sport Turismo should be a bit more spacious. Again, all we have to base that on is the difference between the Panamera and the Sport Turismo.
In its review of the Panamera Sport Turismo, CNET noted that the wagon’s base storage space (with the second-row seats upright) was only 0.7 cubic feet greater than the Panamera. Maximum storage space (with the second-row seats folded down) only increased by 2.0 cubic feet. We couldn’t find any specific information on additional headroom, but the reviews we did read all mentioned that the Panamera Sport Turismo offers taller passengers in the backseats a bit more breathing room.
So, what does this all mean for the Taycan Sport Turismo? Well, the Taycan currently offers 15.7 cubic feet of storage space between its trunk and front storage compartment, or frunk. Of that, 12.9 cubic feet comes from the rear storage area. We expect that figure to jump ever so slightly, say anywhere from 0.5 to 1.0 cubic feet.
The good news is that the Taycan Sport Turismo should offer passengers in the rear seat a more comfortable experience. Car and Driver said the electric sedan offers a surprisingly spacious interior that can easily accommodate someone six-feet tall in the second row. That backseat experience should only improve in the Taycan Sport Turismo.
What Will It Look Like?
Porsche has yet to release any official images of the Taycan Sport Turismo. All that’s out there are spy shots of the car testing. However, the automaker did build a concept car, the Mission E Cross Turismo. It should closely resemble the Taycan Sport Turismo. Other than the ride height, which is jacked-up ever so slightly, the concept car provides a pretty good preview as to what the eventual Taycan wagon will look like. While this concept car debuted almost two years ago, it still provides the best look into how Porsche’s design team is approaching the Taycan Sport Turismo.
Will It Cost Extra?
The Porsche Taycan is already the most expensive electric car on the market. The base model, the 4S, starts at a whopping $103,800. The mid-level Taycan Turbo trim checks in at $150,900. The range-topping Taycan Turbo S breaks the bank at $185,000. We expect the Taycan Sport Turismo to be available in all three trim levels — and to carry a slight premium over the sedan. Again, this is based on the prices Porsche set for the Panamera Sport Turismo.
The cheapest Panamera Sport Turismo is $98,000, which is $6,200 more than the Panamera 4, the sedan trim it has the most in common with. The price hikes continue throughout the range, with the top-tier Panamera Sport Turismo GTS ringing in at $135,000, a whole $5,700 more than the Panamera GTS. While it seems like a given that Porsche will charge more for the Taycan Sport Turismo, it remains to be seen just how big the markup will be.
The Last Word: Running Unopposed
When it goes on sale sometime in 2020, the Porsche Taycan Sport Turismo will be unlike any other car on the market. Yes, other EVs like the Tesla Model X also mix practicality and speed. And yes, there are other electrified vehicles that cost a truckload of cash, like the hybrid BMW i8. Until the Aston Martin Rapide E hits the road, the Taycan Sport Turismo will be running unopposed. Even then, the Germans will have an edge over the English in both availability and pricing. Only 155 all-electric Rapide E’s will be made. According to CNN, each one could cost over $330,000.
While the Taycan Sport Turismo won’t offer as much storage space as the Tesla Model X, and won’t look as sexy as the BMW i8, the electric wagon will still present a unique proposition to eco-minded luxury car enthusiasts.
Here’s a completely unofficial rendering of what the Taycan Sport Turismo might look like, from the enthusiasts over at TaycanForum.com.