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Porsche’s $7,000 Rooftop Tent Makes Tenting Not Suck

Photographs: Steven Ewing

The campground at Leo Carrillo State Park in Malibu, California is beautiful, however you are not precisely roughing it. There are park restrooms with indoor plumbing and a Starbucks 10 minutes down the street. Every campsite has a fireplace pit with a built-in cooking grate and there is a cute little retailer the place a disaffected native teenager will promote you firewood, drugs, snacks and booze. Each evening, you possibly can catch a postcard-worthy sundown on the seaside of the Pacific Ocean. It is tenting for individuals who do not completely love tenting. It is tenting for individuals like me.

That is why I completely dig porsche’s new rooftop tent. It is hella simple to arrange and fairly comfortable inside, and it makes a weekend within the nice outdoor lots simpler if, like me, you do not stay your life prefer it’s an REI catalog. Sure, the tent is ridiculously costly, at simply over $7,000. However in case you’ve already spent the cash on a brand-new Porsche — on this case, to $170,000 Taycan Turbo Cross Turismo — an additional 7 grand might be only a drop within the bucket. I assume, anyway.

Full disclosure: Porsche loaned me a Taycan with a rooftop tent put in so I might go tenting with Jalopnik author Kyle Hyatt and his spouse. I constructed a fireplace and cooked a s’extra whereas Hyatt fetched me a premixed Aperol spritz, as a result of he is a real pal.

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Accessible via Porsche’s Techquipment equipment catalogue, This $7,028 tent might be fitted to any of the corporate’s vehicles – ones that may assist roof rails and crossbars, no less than. A butch wagon like the Taycan Cross Tourism is ideal for this setup, however observe that Techquipment has plenty of footage of this tent on prime of varied 911s, so please, future 911 Dakar consumers, go wild. All packaged up, the tent weighs 123 kilos, so getting it on and off the automotive just isn’t a one-person job. However setting it up on the campsite is completely one thing you are able to do by yourself whereas your mates are yelling at one another attempting to arrange their rickety Goal tent — and it solely takes, like, 10 minutes, tops.

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When you’re parked at camp, a key unlocks two latches on the passenger aspect of the tent. The exhausting shell lifts up, revealing a strap to tug down the ladder. As a result of the tent is supposed to work on vehicles of assorted sizes, the ladder’s steps are adjustable. That is additionally useful in case you’re parked on tough or uneven floor, not that you will discover a lot of that at Leo Carrillo; My Taycan Turbo’s summer season tires by no means left the pavement.

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Earlier than you really get contained in the tent, get on the ladder and undo the zipper by the doorway flap so you possibly can safe the 2 pressure rods. This’ll make a cute little zip-up archway you could simply crawl via. Stand up in there, place the two-piece sleeping pad to cowl the size of the exhausting flooring after which use the opposite two pressure rods to safe every window awning. That is it. You are performed. Tremendous simple.

The zip-up home windows might be utterly open, coated by a mesh display screen, or totally closed off from the cruel gentle of day. There’s additionally a skylight above you that works the identical means, although it is best to maintain that one closed or morning dew will drip in. (Ask me how I do know.) Below every window you will discover zip-up storage pockets for stuff like your pockets, glasses or telephone. However there is not actually quite a lot of room inside for different stuff. Even up there on my own, I had room for a backpack by my toes, however I would not attempt to hold a suitcase in there and nonetheless sleep comfortably. Guess that is what the within of the Taycan is for.

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This additionally brings me to the opposite hurdle: altering garments. Assuming you have introduced your wearables up into the tent, there’s not really sufficient room to face up inside. Which means you are doing the sit-kneel-bend dance to dress and undressed. There are hooks the place you possibly can dangle baggage or jackets beneath the ladder, no less than, however that is nonetheless outdoors, so you will must lean out of the tent and attain on your belongings. It simply takes a bit further preparation to be sure to can simply and comfortably change.

When you’re lastly within the tent and all settled for the evening, sleeping is fairly posh. The tent is insulated, and regardless of temperatures hovering round 50 levels Fahrenheit (California in December, amirite?), I stayed fairly heat with only a common ol’ sleeping bag and a few flannel pants. If you happen to’re by your self, there’s loads of room to toss and switch, but when you are going to share the tent with a pal or accomplice, effectively, I hope you guys actually like one another. Relying in your size and width, it might be a bit tight.

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When the camp weekend is over, tearing down the tent can be a cinch. Take out the strain rods, flip up the ladder and seize the massive strap to tug the exhausting prime down. As soon as it is virtually closed, make certain all the material flaps are folded in after which safe the locks with the important thing. The tent takes even much less time to shut down than it does to arrange. Severely, 5 to 10 minutes max.

Does this 123-pound tent change the best way the Taycan operates? Not likely. And thank goodness – the Turbo Cross Turismo is superior. The 93.4-kWh battery pack sends a most of 670 horsepower and 626 lb-ft of torque to a pair of electrical motors, and I do not think about the additional weight hinders this automotive’s estimated 0-to-60-mph time of three.1 seconds . Acceleration, braking and even cornering aren’t actually affected by the ever-so-slightly larger middle of gravity, principally as a result of nearly all of the Taycan’s heft is already located means down low within the chassis.

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The Turbo Cross Turismo’s 233-mile EPA-estimated vary is not hindered an excessive amount of, both, even with the aerodynamic penalty of a field on the roof. Plus, I’ve all the time discovered the Taycan’s EPA numbers notoriously simple to beatand with 800-volt electrical structure, you possibly can make the most of 270-kW charging speeds at a 350-kW public charger – assuming it really works, anyway.

The most important factor you discover whereas driving with the tent is the additional noise. The Taycan is, like all EVs, principally silent in operation (except you activate the silly futuristic boo-ahh-woo-wee sounds). While you get on the freeway, nonetheless, you possibly can actually hear the air dashing across the roof tent. It additionally makes the Cross Turismo’s commonplace glass roof panel just about ineffective, although no less than the big field gives extra shade to maintain the automotive’s inside cool.

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I would be remiss to not level out that firms like iKamper supply comparable rooftop tents for 1000’s of {dollars} much less. However once more, in case you’ve already obtained the Porsche, you’d most likely simply somewhat purchase the Porsche-approved accent. And sure, after all, you may simply drop 100 bucks on a tent from the native division retailer and pitch it on prime of a tarp, however ew, that is gross and uncomfortable and I assure if it rains you will get up damp. Apart from, it would not look as spectacular on social media, and you are a Taycan Cross Turismo proprietor, goddamnit. Tenting may not be your favourite factor, nevertheless it’s your public responsibility to maintain that hashtag energetic way of life picture alive.

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