Trust Porsche to design a roof box that’s track-day-ready...

It can do up to 200kph
by Stephen Dobie | May 11, 2021
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If you can trust anyone to overengineer something, it’s Porsche. Thus we meet the new Porsche Tequipment ‘performance roof box.’ Wondering how such a deeply sensible item warrants such a racy prefix? Just check out the development pictures of it latched to a Taycan Cross Turismo in an actual wind tunnel...

The key stats are probably its 480-liter/75kg payload and the fact it can swallow three snowboards. The stat you actually want to hear is that Porsche has tested it at speeds up to 200kph.

The Porsche Tequipment performance roof box for the Cross Turismo

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“Porsche is meeting the wishes of many customers who also want to use the additional luggage space at higher speeds,” says Porsche, talking about itself in the third person. “This testing included comprehensive tests relating to aerodynamic behavior and handling characteristics.

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“It was driven on test tracks for several thousand kilometers as part of overall vehicle testing,” we’re told, where “the focus was on the controllability of the vehicle with fitted roof box at high speeds.”

The Porsche Tequipment performance roof box being install on a Cross Turismo

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The Porsche Tequipment performance roof box being tested for aerodynamics

In short, yes, your roof box can join you on a track day and the Taycan it’s strapped atop won’t suddenly snap sideways like there’s a pair of space savers to the rear axle. Porsche has also used wind-tunnel testing to ensure that aerodynamics and refinement are on point, the former surely helpful if you’re not to slice too many miles from your fully-charged range figure.

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And the good news doesn’t stop. Buy a performance roof box for €1,150 (P66,790) and you also get a protective cover, a Porsche crest sticker to optionally apply, and two pairs of gloves. Add another €350 (P20,330) and you’ve a choice of three additional colors to customize it further. Yep, this really is one overengineered roof box…

The Porsche Tequipment performance roof box being tested for aerodynamics, alternative angle

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The inside of Porsche's Tequipment performance roof box

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