Porsche has unveiled its first-ever station wagon, the Panamera Sport Turismo. And this for sure is not your average fun of the mill family station wagon. Additional to the enormous cargo space in the back comes a lot of oomph you would expect from a Porsche.
The legendary sports car maker unleashed the new model shortly ahead of the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. Based on the current generation Panamera but featuring new metalwork from the B-pillar back, the Sport Turismo gives buyers of luxury vehicles, a more practical car for daily use without having to resort to the full blown SUV option.
Porsche calls the Sport Turismo as a “4+1”, this is just a fancy term of highlighting a new central third seat – the first such option in a Panamera.The new model has the same wheelbase as the fastback regular Panamera and there will be no long-wheelbase executive version. The Panamera Sport Turismo is neither longer nor taller, but the roofline is elongated. This provides additional rear-seat headroom and a slightly larger luggage compartment, albeit by only 20 liters. That raises the total to 520 liters. The seats can be folded to open up even more space, up to a total of 1390 liters. Porsche is also emphasizing the versatility of the new design with a luggage compartment management system. This includes floor rails, lashing points and a dividing net. The regular Panamera, thanks to its large trunk, has already been more practical than most luxury sedans out there. The Sport Turismo widens the gap even further. There is simply nothing else like it on the market.
The most current iteration of the Panamera looks a lot better than its predecessor, with a sleeker profile and cleaner lines. The Sport Turismo takes the design cues even further which add an element of extravagance and a distinctly European flair to Porsche’s top-level offering.
According to Porsche, the Panamera 4 Sport Turismo can hit 60 mph in just 5.0 seconds, while the top-spec Turbo can hit 60 in an eye-watering 3.4 seconds.
The car will arrive in U.S. showrooms by the end of the year, in a variety of different models including the 330HP Panamera 4 Sport Turismo ($97,250), the 440HP E-Hybrid ($105,050), the 462HP 4S ($110,250), and the 550HP Turbo which boasts a V8 engine ($155,050). The new Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo makes its global debut at the 2017 Geneva motor show on March 7.[widgetkit id=”17″ name=”porsche-panamera-sport-turismo”]