Adventure to the technicolour Lake MacDonnell in the Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo

Australia’s multi-coloured Lake MacDonnell is a rare sensory adventure. Discover this road trip with the electric Taycan Cross Turismo.

Australia’s colossal landscape hosts an array of breath-taking natural wonders. Few inspire more awe than the iridescent waters of Lake MacDonnell, an aquatic spectacle and a hidden gem. This scarcely-believable body of water lies in the state of South Australia, at the eastern end of the Great Australian Bight.

It is a dream-like section of water that stuns tourists and delights photographers who make the effort to venture to the remote area, with intense and ever-changing shades of pink to one side of the causeway, and blue to the other.

A dream-like section of water

Lake MacDonnell lies in what was once a salt mine on Australia’s largest gypsum deposit.

The combination of the lake’s high salinity level with algae and bacteria that secrete carotenoid red pigments give the water its lipstick-pink hue, which is said to be at its brightest when the water level is at its lowest.

An elevated causeway splits the lake into two sections. This biscuit-coloured dirt strip, known as Point Sinclair Road, separates the northern-side’s rich blue-green waters from the famous magenta colours next door. Its splitting effect is powerful. It produces a contrast between the two water colours that sharpens the lake’s visual impact.

The effect is boosted by the white salt crusts that line the causeway’s bottom edges. From high above, it’s as if you’re looking down at a slice of birthday cake. Instagram struggles to convey Lake MacDonnell’s optical effects, despite the many photos captured and shared by visitors. You need to see it to believe it.

In some ways it resembles the Taycan Cross Turismo. Studying its performance figures and reading its reviews relay only so much – the real impact comes when you drive it. It’s a fitting parallel. The Neptune Blue Taycan 4S Cross Turismo’s adventure credentials make it ideal for experiencing Lake MacDonnell’s memory-etching beauty.

Its higher ground clearance and available Off-Road Design package more than meet the challenge of Australia’s harsh rural roads, and up to 1,200 litres of luggage space maximise its touring abilities.    

Most of all, it’s the Taycan Cross Turismo’s silent electric drive system that makes it the ideal match for the lake’s serene surroundings. Two captivating figures: both of them quiet, powerful, and visually stunning.

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Photographer: Daniel Kalisz

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Consumption data

Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo

WLTP*
  • 24.0 – 22.4 kWh/100 km
  • 0 g/km
  • 428 – 459 km

Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo

Fuel consumption* / Emissions*
Electric power consumption* combined (WLTP) 24.0 – 22.4 kWh/100 km
CO₂ emissions* combined (WLTP) 0 g/km
Electric range* combined (WLTP) 428 – 459 km
Electric range* in town (WLTP) 519 – 564 km
NEDC*
  • 26.5 kWh/100 km
  • 0 g/km

Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo

Fuel consumption* / Emissions*
Electric power consumption* combined (NEDC) 26.5 kWh/100 km
CO₂ emissions* combined (NEDC) 0 g/km

Taycan Turbo Cross Turismo

WLTP*
  • 24.2 – 21.2 kWh/100 km
  • 0 g/km
  • 423 – 485 km

Taycan Turbo Cross Turismo

Fuel consumption* / Emissions*
Electric power consumption* combined (WLTP) 24.2 – 21.2 kWh/100 km
CO₂ emissions* combined (WLTP) 0 g/km
Electric range* combined (WLTP) 423 – 485 km
Electric range* in town (WLTP) 533 – 616 km
NEDC*
  • 26.5 kWh/100 km
  • 0 g/km

Taycan Turbo Cross Turismo

Fuel consumption* / Emissions*
Electric power consumption* combined (NEDC) 26.5 kWh/100 km
CO₂ emissions* combined (NEDC) 0 g/km

Taycan Cross Turismo Models

WLTP*
  • 24.8 – 21.2 kWh/100 km
  • 0 g/km
  • 415 – 490 km

Taycan Cross Turismo Models

Fuel consumption* / Emissions*
Electric power consumption* combined (WLTP) 24.8 – 21.2 kWh/100 km
CO₂ emissions* combined (WLTP) 0 g/km
Electric range* combined (WLTP) 415 – 490 km
Electric range* in town (WLTP) 517 – 616 km
NEDC*
  • 26.5 – 26.2 kWh/100 km
  • 0 g/km

Taycan Cross Turismo Models

Fuel consumption* / Emissions*
Electric power consumption* combined (NEDC) 26.5 – 26.2 kWh/100 km
CO₂ emissions* combined (NEDC) 0 g/km

Taycan

WLTP*
  • 23.9 – 19.6 kWh/100 km
  • 0 g/km
  • 371 – 505 km

Taycan

Fuel consumption* / Emissions*
Electric power consumption* combined (WLTP) 23.9 – 19.6 kWh/100 km
CO₂ emissions* combined (WLTP) 0 g/km
Electric range* combined (WLTP) 371 – 505 km
Electric range* in town (WLTP) 440 – 568 km
NEDC*
  • 27.0 – 26.4 kWh/100 km
  • 0 g/km

Taycan

Fuel consumption* / Emissions*
Electric power consumption* combined (NEDC) 27.0 – 26.4 kWh/100 km
CO₂ emissions* combined (NEDC) 0 g/km

Taycan 4 Cross Turismo

WLTP*
  • 24.8 – 21.4 kWh/100 km
  • 0 g/km
  • 416 – 490 km

Taycan 4 Cross Turismo

Fuel consumption* / Emissions*
Electric power consumption* combined (WLTP) 24.8 – 21.4 kWh/100 km
CO₂ emissions* combined (WLTP) 0 g/km
Electric range* combined (WLTP) 416 – 490 km
Electric range* in town (WLTP) 518 – 600 km
NEDC*
  • 26.2 kWh/100 km
  • 0 g/km

Taycan 4 Cross Turismo

Fuel consumption* / Emissions*
Electric power consumption* combined (NEDC) 26.2 kWh/100 km
CO₂ emissions* combined (NEDC) 0 g/km

Taycan 4S Cross Turismo

WLTP*
  • 24.8 – 21.3 kWh/100 km
  • 0 g/km
  • 415 – 490 km

Taycan 4S Cross Turismo

Fuel consumption* / Emissions*
Electric power consumption* combined (WLTP) 24.8 – 21.3 kWh/100 km
CO₂ emissions* combined (WLTP) 0 g/km
Electric range* combined (WLTP) 415 – 490 km
Electric range* in town (WLTP) 517 – 600 km
NEDC*
  • 26.2 kWh/100 km
  • 0 g/km

Taycan 4S Cross Turismo

Fuel consumption* / Emissions*
Electric power consumption* combined (NEDC) 26.2 kWh/100 km
CO₂ emissions* combined (NEDC) 0 g/km

Taycan Turbo S

WLTP*
  • 23.4 – 21.9 kWh/100 km
  • 0 g/km
  • 440 – 468 km

Taycan Turbo S

Fuel consumption* / Emissions*
Electric power consumption* combined (WLTP) 23.4 – 21.9 kWh/100 km
CO₂ emissions* combined (WLTP) 0 g/km
Electric range* combined (WLTP) 440 – 468 km
Electric range* in town (WLTP) 524 – 573 km
NEDC*
  • 26 kWh/100 km
  • 0 g/km

Taycan Turbo S

Fuel consumption* / Emissions*
Electric power consumption* combined (NEDC) 26 kWh/100 km
CO₂ emissions* combined (NEDC) 0 g/km