Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo electric car gets the Harlequin treatment

Designer Sean Wotherspoon’s streetwear-inspired take on the Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo features corduroy upholstery and pastel-hued Harlequin paint.

Porsche’s tallest electric wagon, the Porsche Taycan Cross Touringreceived a Harlequin-inspired makeover, courtesy of American designer Sean Wotherspoon.

Known for his colorful clothes and artistic creations, Virginia-born Wotherspoon has 1.1 million followers on Instagram and a number of high profile brand collaborations with Adidas and Vespa.

The 32-year-old is the proud owner of a 1996 Volkswagen Golf Harlequin – one of 264 produced for the US market – so for his latest collab, Wotherspoon has customized his personal Taycan 4 Cross Turismo to look like his other Pride and Joy.

The Golf Harlequin was an American market sequel to the 1995 European VW Polo Harlequin, which created a unique look by mixing and matching the colors of the car’s exterior panels.

While only 264 Golf Harlequins were built for the United States, demand for the smaller 1995 Polo Harlequin in Europe was so high that Volkswagen had to increase production from 1000 to 3800 examples.

Like the Harlequin Golf, Wotherspoon’s Taycan exterior features four distinct (and unique) paint colors, all named after members of its family: Nash Blue, Sean Peach, Loretta Purple and Ashley Green.

Through Porsche’s Paint to Sample Plus customization program, future Taycan buyers will be able to select Wotherspoon’s custom paint colors for their own cars, but only one per car.

The one-of-a-kind Taycan also boasts an interior accented in cork and corduroy, with Wotherspoon, a vegan, keen to ensure the car was leather-free (an option also available to normal Taycan buyers).

It’s not the first time that corduroy has graced the interior of a Porsche, with the first use of the fabric dating back to the 1952 Porsche 356.

The design process involved stripping and rewiring the car, with the Porsche design team painting a perfect circle down the side of the Taycan’s exterior in a nod to the racing history of the mark – symbolic of a starting number cockade.

“The circle represents Porsche racing history dating back to the 1950s Le Mans car and so many other icons to follow. The hand-painted artistry and time it takes to achieve the perfect circle on these cars is pretty amazing, especially when it comes to curves like the Taycan,” Wotherspoon wrote of his creation.

“Our teams have worked extremely hard around the clock at all levels with the energy and excitement of working together on such a unique project and I think the circle also represents that journey and the end product that we have made.”

Wotherspoon’s Taycan is the latest in a series of artistic interpretations of Porsche’s very first electric model – an early 2021 Taycan designed by an American artist Richard Phillips sold for $200,000 at auction.

Selecting an individual paint shade for the Taycan wagon, through the brand’s Paint to Sample Plus service, adds $42,230 to the purchase price and at least three months to the delivery time.

Susannah Guthrie

Susannah Guthrie has been a journalist since the age of 18 and has spent the past two years writing about cars for Drive, CarAdvice, CarSales and as an automotive columnist for several in-flight and hotel magazines. Susannah’s background is news journalism, followed by several years in celebrity journalism, entertainment journalism and fashion magazines and a brief stint hosting a television travel show for Channel Ten. She joined Drive in 2020 after spending a year and a half leading online platforms Harper’s BAZAAR and ELLE. Susannah holds a BA in Media and Communications from the University of Melbourne and cut her teeth as an intern at Time Inc in New York. She also took a course in television presentation with the National Institute of Dramatic Art. She lives in Melbourne with her husband and one-year-old son who, despite her best efforts, is yet to enjoy a good road trip.

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