Panamera Wagon? Shooting Brake? Porsche calls this unique looking machine the new Panamera Sport Turismo. Based on the second-generation Panamera saloon that surfaced mid last year (coming to Malaysia very soon), the Sport Turismo sports a large tailgate, low loading edge, increased luggage compartment volume and a 4+1 seating concept. It offers the perfect combination of everyday usability and maximum flexibility, according to Zuffenhausen.
At 5,049 mm, the Sport Turismo has the same overall length as the regular Panamera. The 1,937 mm width is identical too, which means that the footprint is no larger than the four-door. Also unchanged is the 2,950 mm wheelbase. The roofline is a marginal 5 mm higher. Overhangs are short and the wheels are large, measuring up to 21 inches.
Everything aft of the B-pillars is new. Above the pronounced shoulder, an elongated window line and equally long roof contour lend the Sport Turismo its distinctive appearance. At the rear, the roof drops away much less dramatically than the window line, resulting in a prominent D-pillar which transitions into the shoulder section in a coupe-like fashion.
There’s an adaptive extendible roof spoiler. The angle of the spoiler is set in three stages depending on the driving situation and selected vehicle settings, and generates an additional downforce of up to 50 kg on the rear axle. The aerodynamic guide element can also reduce drag (better FC) and minimise wind noise when the panoramic sliding roof is open. You can see this cool wing in action in the video below.
The Sport Turismo is the first Panamera to feature three rear seats in a 2+1 configuration. Buyers can also opt for two electrically adjustable individual rear seats. The boot has a volume of 520 litres (Panamera 4 E-Hybrid Sport Turismo: 425 litres), 20 litres more than the saloon. With the seats folded, this can be expanded to 1,390 litres (1,295 litres for the plug-in hybrid).
A luggage compartment management system is available on request. Among other things, this variable system includes two rails integrated in the loading floor, four lashing points and a luggage compartment partition net. An optional 230V electrical socket can also be provided in the boot.
All the good stuff from the second-gen Panamera is here, including the digital Porsche Advanced Cockpit, assistance systems such as Porsche InnoDrive, chassis systems such as rear axle steering, the Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC Sport) and an electronic roll stabilisation system.
In addition, all Panamera Sport Turismos are equipped with Porsche Traction Management – an active all-wheel drive system with electronically controlled multi-plate clutch – as standard. Adaptive air suspension with three-chamber technology is included from the S onwards.
The new model will be available with five engines that are already serving the Panamera. Choose from the Panamera 4 Sport Turismo (330 hp), Panamera 4 E-Hybrid Sport Turismo (462 hp system power), Panamera 4S Sport Turismo (440 hp), Panamera 4S Diesel Sport Turismo (422 hp) and the top Panamera Turbo Sport Turismo (550 hp). The European market launch is scheduled for October 2017. So, this or the sedan?