Here’s one for fans of luxury wagons; this is the official Malaysian arrival of Porsche’s first shooting brake bodystyle, the Panamera Sport Turismo. Ostensibly the front half of the car here appears similar to the Panamera sports sedan, and so it proves with changes beginning from the B-pillars, where an extended roof contour and window line transitions to a sloping D-pillar and rear windscreen.

The Sport Turismo casts mostly the same shadow as the Panamera sedan, measuring 5,049 mm long, 1,937 mm wide and 2,950 mm in wheelbase; overall height however grows 5 mm to 1,428 mm. Accommodation within the Sport Turismo is what Porsche calls a 4+1 seating arrangement which is a centre seat appearing for the first time in a Panamera, and boot space grows 20 litres over that in the sedan.

This adds up to 520 litres in the strictly petrol variants and 425 litres in the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid, expanding to 1,390 litres and 1,295 litres with the rear seats folded for the petrol versions and the plug-in hybrid respectively. A luggage management system can be specified, which includes two rails integrated into the loading floor, a partition net and four lashing points; an optional 230V socket can also be specified in the boot.

The front half of the cabin is as before, featuring the Porsche Advanced Cockpit as seen in the Panamera sedan. Similarly, the instrument binnacle consists of a central tachometer flanked by a seven-inch digital display on each side, while a 12.3-inch touchscreen in the centre supports multi-finger gestures as well as pinch-to-zoom commands.

Headlining the range is the Panamera Turbo Sport Turismo, which packs a 4.0 litre biturbo V8 powerplant sending 550 PS and 770 Nm of torque to all four wheels via an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic. Thus equipped, 0-100 km/h is attained in 3.6 seconds and top speed is 304 km/h.

This is joined by the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid, featuring a 2.9 litre biturbo V6 mated to a 136 PS electric motor for a total system output of 462 PS at 6,000 rpm and 700 Nm of torque from 1,100 to 4,500 rpm. Acceleration from 0-100 km/h is achieved in 4.6 seconds, while top speed is 275 km/h.

Specifically for the E-Hybrid, Sport Chrono-equipped units give the driver instant control over four of the car’s five drive modes – -Power, Hybrid, Sport and Sport Plus. A fifth, E-Charge mode is accessible from the centre console only, and prioritises battery charging on the move. As in other Sport Chrono-fitted Porsches, a central Sport Response button gives 20 seconds of full performance potential.

Rounding up the trio at launch is the base Panamera 4 Sport Turismo, which sports a 3.0 litre turbocharged V6 producing 330 PS at 5,400 rpm and 450 Nm between 1,340 rpm and 4,900 rpm. In this guise, 0-100 km/h is attained in 5.3 seconds and top speed is 259 km/h.

Porsche Traction Management (PTM), rear-axle steering and Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control are standard across the board, with an eight-speed PDK dual-clutch automatic and an active multi-plate clutch managing drive disitrbution between axles.

The Panamera 4 Sport Turismo, Panamera 4 E-Hybrid Sport Turismo and the Panamera Turbo Sport Turismo at RM990,000, RM 1,125,000 and RM 1,940,000 respectively, including applicable duties but before registration, road tax, insurance and options. For the E-Hybrid, a charging dock is estimated to be priced in the region of RM6,000 before installation costs.

As with all Porsches sold through officlal importer and distributor Sime Darby Auto Performance, the Panamera Sport Turismo is covered by a four-year warranty and a free maintenance package with complimentary service, parts and labour.

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