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New Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo is what wagon lovers have been waiting for

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Photos courtesy Porsche

Above: Panamera Turbo Sport Turismo

Porsche announced the Sport Turismo variation of the Panamera today, ushering in the first fast “wagon” in Porsche’s history (excluding the Porsche-developed Audi RS2). The Panamera Sport Turismo initially comes in four flavors — 4, 4S, 4 E-Hybrid, and Turbo. No mention of a Turbo S E-Hybrid variant yet.


Above: Panamera Turbo Sport Turismo

All the drivetrains for the corresponding sedan models are the same — save for the absence of a Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo variant, which we hope is blessed upon us. The 4 gets a 3.0-liter turbo V6 worth 330 horsepower. The 4S gets the 440-hp 2.9-liter V6. The 4 E-Hybrid gets the 3.0 with a 136-hp electric motor for a combined 462-hp and 516 pound-feet of torque. The Turbo pumps out 550 hp via twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8..


Above: Rear hatch space with optional luggage compartment management system.

We guess if you’re reading this article you want to know the other reasons the Panamera wagon — ahem, Sport Turismo — is worth your hard-earned clams. For one, the lines of the car just look right. Aft of the b-pillar, the Sport Turismo differentiates itself from the sedan. The roof takes a less-dramatic slope to the rear window, which drops off more abruptly — befitting of a wagon.


Above: Panamera Turbo Sport Turismo

New and exclusive to the Sport Turismo is a new rear wing that adjusts its rake depending on a variety of conditions and settings. It adds up to 110 pounds of downforce in its “performance” position of 1°, which actuates at “track speeds” and north of 55 miles per hour when in Sport or Sport Plus modes. In normal driving, -7° is the normal state of affairs, which reduces drag and helps fuel efficiency. With the sliding roof open, the wing raises to 26° above 55 mph, quelling wind buffeting.


Above: Panamera 4 E-Hybrid Sport Turismo

The 4+1 seating Porsche describes is due to the middle seat in the back — not available in the sedan. The outside rear seats reportedly retain their bucket shapes, and the middle seat can be used for shorter trips. Of course, there is the normal four-seat configuration as an option.


Above: Panamera 4 E-Hybrid Sport Turismo with the standard 4+1 seating.

The rear seats fold down individually, resulting in a 40:20:40 split. With the seats up, expect 18.4 cubic-feet of space in the hatch (15 cu.ft for the hybrid). With them folded down, expect a flat surface and a gaping 49 cu.ft of space (45.7 for the hybrid). The loading edge height is 24.7 inches.


Above: Panamera 4 Sport Turismo

And leave it to Porsche for a nifty feature like this: “A luggage compartment management system is available as an option for the Panamera Sport Turismo models. Among other things, this variable system includes two rails integrated in the loading floor, four tie-down points, and a luggage compartment partition net.”


Above: Panamera Sport Turismo (left) vs sedan.

The 2018 Panamera Sport Turismo models are expected to be in showrooms in late 2017, Porsche says.

MSRP of Panamera:

  • 4 Sport Turismo: $96,200
  • 4 E-Hybrid Sport Turismo: $104,000
  • 4S Sport Turismo: $109,200
  • Turbo Sport Turismo: $154,00
    • *excluding $1,050 delivery fee.
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