When we first saw Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo wagon concept at the 2012 Paris Auto program, consensus was that this is definitely not just a concept. Our thoughts were that it was mainly a style sneak peek for the second-generation Panamera, which was introduced last year. Also, we hoped that it would preview a brand-new body design, one that would complement the hatchback sedan and its long-wheelbase version. 2018 Porsche Panamera
And voila! It has arrived. Porsche is making a station wagon—well there you have a statement we never ever expected to type– variation of the Panamera, and its name will be the very same as the earlier concept car’s: Panamera Sport Turismo.
Design of 2018 Porsche Panamera
The brand-new design stands on the exact same wheelbase as the fastback regular Panamera (there will be no long-wheelbase Executive version). Dimensions are the same (as far as length and height are concerned), however the roofline is elongated, supplying extra rear-seat headroom and a somewhat roomier baggage compartment.
Engine and Specs
Under the hood, the Panamera Sport Turismo sports most of the regular model’s powertrain options, with all-wheel drive being standard. The entry-level variant will be the 330-hp Panamera 4, the 440-hp 4S is one level above, and there will be a Turbo model with 550 horse power. Connoisseurs of electrical cars will be happy to hear about the 462-hp Panamera 4 E-Hybrid Sport Turismo. The only missing link is a Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo, however do not stress: We hear that a 680-hp version will join the lineup sooner than later.
While the regular Panamera, thanks to its big hatch, currently is more practical than most high-end sedans, the Sport Turismo broadens the gap even further. We think there is nothing quite like it on the market at present. Audi’s A7 is much, much smaller on the inside and based upon the A6, this model is class lower than Panamera. Pretty much the same can be said about Mercedes-Benz CLS. Now, someone might say that the Tesla Model S is just as big, but let’s be honest here: that electrical limousine plays in a class of its own. Some drivers also might consider Mercedes-AMG E63 wagon but we think it’s also not quite the same.
We raved about additional space in the Panamera Sport Turismo model. It offers a three-place rear seats (which can be minimized to the Panamera’s basic 2), 1 cubic foot more cargo capacity than the basic design with its seats raised, and 3 cubic feets more with the rear seats folded. But that will not be the main reason to go for this model.
The primary reasons to go for this model will be style and prestige – as is usually the case with Porsche. Today’s standard Panamera sports much better look than its hunchbacked predecessor, with a sleeker profile and cleaner lines. Sport Turismo definitely adds an element of style and luxury and has a clearly European style. Distinct roofing spoiler on this model is cut to lessen the drag at lower speeds (approximately 55 miles per hour in Sport and Sport Plus modes; above 105 miles per hour in the more efficient modes); above that, it automatically raises to minimize lift, and when the panoramic sunroof is open, a 3rd angle will be assumed trying to lower the air noise.
|Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo 4||Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo 4S||Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo Turbo|
|Engine||3.6-liter V-6||2.9-liter V-6||4.8-liter V-8|
|Horsepower||330 HP @ 5,400-6,400 RPM||440 HP @ 5,650-6,600 RPM||550 HP @ 5,750-6,000 RPM|
|Torque||405 LB-FT||567 LB-FT|
|0 to 60 mph||5.0 seconds||4.0 seconds||3.4 seconds|
|Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo 4 E-Hybrid|
|Combustion Engine||2.9-liter V-6|
|Electric output||136 HP @ 6,000 RPM|
|Combined output||462 HP|
|0 to 60 mph||4.4 seconds|
Specifications by courtesy of topspeed.com
Let’s be honest: many people still consider station wagons as old-fashioned. Buyers of Sport Turismo will try to distance themselves from this view. This, in all its shades, is truly the luxury car for avant-garde vehicle hedonists.
2018 Porsche Panamera Release and Price
The Panamera Sport Turismo will come to the United States market in the fall, priced at $97,250 for the “basic” Panamera 4, $110,250 for the 4S, and $155,050 for the Turbo; the E-Hybrid will be priced at $105,050. In that class, Porsche most likely will not need to jack the car up on its suspension and offer it SUV-like cladding to get buyers into this station wagon. However, we didn’t anticipate Mercedes to do that to the E-class wagon, and it has.
According to caranddriver