The Porsche Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo and a monster truck appear to have nothing in common at first glance, other than the presence of wheels, tyres, and passenger space. In fact, the Taycan has room for five people while the truck only has room for one. The Porsche also has plenty of room in the back to store earplugs and enormous foam fingers for a night of car-crushing fun at a Monster Jam event.
Porsche, however, takes a different stance on this comparison. Yes, we’re comparing a legal EV for the road to a monster truck that burns methanol and can jump over buses while still moving. However, the Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo’s dual-motor powertrain gives the long-roof Porsche a power-to-weight ratio similar to a monster truck. In this instance, we’re comparing the Taycan Turbo S’s 5,199-pound towing capacity to 1,500 horsepower in the 12,000-pound monster truck. In the Porsche, it comes out to 6.9 pounds per horsepower, while the racing truck carries 8 pounds per horsepower.
That seems to be sufficient for Porsche to schedule a race against Monster Jam driver Linsey Read in a 72,000-seat stadium. Given that the course consists of enormous jumps that the truck can easily handle, she has a slight advantage here. Porsche also points out that the Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo has rear steering similar to a monster truck, but on the dirt floor of the arena, it doesn’t really matter. The Porsche is able to keep up with the truck without any problems after a quick boot of the throttle, even though the speedometer is approaching triple-digit speeds in the constrained space.
Naturally, everything turns upside down as soon as the truck reaches a jump. Although monster trucks frequently end up sideways in freestyle competitions, we don’t mean that literally. Instead, the Taycan driver obviously pulls up short as the truck crosses the large jump. Rather, it’s the ideal chance to capture a cool video of the monster truck jumping the Porsche. You didn’t anticipate that, we bet. And yes, that was sarcasm.
Porsche calls the competition “chaotic fun,” and we have to agree. It serves as a useful reminder of the Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo’s capabilities when the pavement ends. Do not attempt to follow monster trucks over jumps, though. We don’t think a situation like that will ever arise during a daily commute.