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By Charl Bosch

Motoring Journalist

Porsche extends GTS attire to Taycan

GTS arrives as the gap filler between the 4S and Turbo in the Taycan line-up.

With its most revival of the iconic GTS moniker being for the updated Macan and before that, the 991.1 generation 911, Porsche has completed its mentioned model launch at the Los Angeles International Auto Show with the unveiling of the new Taycan GTS.

The first all-electric model to wear the GTS designation, the hallowed moniker, while offered on the conventional Taycan sedan, in effect debuts the shooting-brake styled Taycan Sport Turismo that rates as the Cross Turismo without the off-road paraphernalia outside.

Filling the gap between the 4S and the Turbo in the case of the sedan, the GTS retains the standard issue 800-volt power system and larger 93.4-kWh battery, but with power adjusted from 460 kW in the latter to 440 kW with torque being unknown.

New Porsche Taycan GTS
GTS slots in between the 4S and Turbo in the Taycan range.

According to Porsche, the GTS will get from 0-100 km/h in 3.7 seconds and top out at 250 km/h. The figures apply to both the sedan and Sport Turismo with the latter having the practically edge by offering not only more headroom, but also up to 1 212-litres of luggage space with the rear seats down.

Claimed range is between 424 and 505 km with charging time, plugged into a 270 kW charging station, taking 22 minutes from 0-80%. As with the Turbo, the GTS utilises a dual-motor setup, meaning the standard inclusion of all-wheel-drive.

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In terms of aesthetics, the GTS differs from the 4S by not only the GTS badges, but also gloss black detailing on the front apron, around the windows, on the diffuser and mirror caps, and in the case of the Sport Turismo, the panoramic roof derived from the Cross Turismo with the same four settings; clear, matte, semi and bold.

New Porsche Taycan GTS
Cross Turismo has morphed into the Sport Turismo.

Although mounted on satin black 20-inch Taycan Turbo S Aero design alloy wheels as standard, the GTS can be optionally specified with the 21-inch RS Spyder wheels also in satin black, as well as the Porsche Dynamic Lighting System Plus Matrix LED headlights.

Fitted as standard with the Porsche Active Suspension Management adaptive air suspension, albeit tweaked to suite it, the GTS receives the tungsten carbide coated brakes, along with the same setup as the 4S, a six-piston caliper design at the front with 390 mm discs and a four-piston at the rear with 360 mm discs.

Optional are the Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes stoppers as well as the rear axle steering system with the Porsche Torque Vectoring system being standard.

New Porsche Taycan GTS
Taycan GTS interior

Inside, the GTS’ comparatively minor fixtures include GTS embroidered headrests, a Race-Tex finish, the GT steering wheel, Sports Chrono package and the optional GTS Interior Package whereby various trim pieces such as the seatbelts and dashboard are either finished in Carmine Red or Crayon.

Porsche South Africa has meanwhile confirmed the Taycan GTS from next year with pricing from R3 169 000, including a three year/100 000 km Driveplan.

Our thoughts on the 4S and Turbo S can be read by clicking here and here.

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