Panamera Sport Turismo Revealed
Porsche has expanded the Panamera family with the new Sport Turismo, an estate version of its luxury saloon.
The new model offers increased luggage space and, for the first time, what Porsche describes as a ‘4+1’ rear seating arrangement. This means it is now possible to carry more than four passengers in a Panamera with the advent of a third seat. Two traditional individual rear seats will be available as an option.
Porsche has not entered this new segment lightly, ensuring the Sport Turismo’s design is both striking yet reflective of typical Porsche design cues. Its orderly proportions ensure a silhouette featuring short overhangs, but at 5049mm long, 1,428mm high and 1,937mm wide (the wheelbase spans 2950mm), the Sport Turismo is not a small car.
A choice of five models will be available at launch; three petrol engines, one diesel and one hybrid. The Panamera 4 Sport Turismo (330hp), 4S (440hp), 4S Diesel (422hp), Turbo (550hp) and finally a 4 E-Hybrid (462hp). All will feature the Panamera’s latest technological advents, such as the digital Porsche Advanced Cockpit, Porsche InnoDrive adaptive cruise control, PDCC Sport, and PTM. S models can be specified with adaptive air suspension.
The Panamera Sport Turismo also features a segment first, an extendible roof spoiler similar to that found on the saloon model. Extending in three stages dependant on speed, the spoiler is capable of generating an additional 50kg of downforce on the car’s rear axle. It is, however, the Sport Turismo’s versatility that is likely to attract buyers. Offering up to 520-litres of luggage capacity (4 E-Hybrid 425-litres) with its seats up, it provides 20-litres more than its saloon namesake, yet the rear seats can be folded down (in a 40:20:40 split), creating a virtually level floor and up to 1390-litres (4 E-Hybrid 1295-litres).
Prices start at £73,071 (Panamera 4 Sport Turismo), rising to £117.247 (Turbo Sport Turismo), with emissions ranging from 56 g/km CO2 (E-Hybrid) to 215 g/km CO2 (4S Diesel). The new car will be officially revealed at the Geneva Motor Show (7 to 19th March), but it is available to order now from UK Porsche Centres with first deliveries expected in October.