Porsche is further expanding the second-generation Panamera lineup with the Panamera Sport Turismo. This is Porsche’s first attempt at a wagon offering and brings the Panamera range to a total of three body styles – saloon, extended wheelbase and wagon.
Set for its world premiere at the Geneva Motor Show next week, all five variants of the Panamera Sport Turismo will be on display, beginning with the Panamera 4 Sport Turismo, Panamera 4S Diesel Sport Turismo, Panamera 4 E-Hybrid Sport Turismo and Panamera Turbo Sport Turismo.
With the Sport Turismo, the Porsche engineers completely redesigned the rear profile. The tapering roofline is less pronounced here, but is tastefully executed to meet the tailgate. Boot volume is up by 25 litres over the standard Panamera, giving it a grand total of 520 litres. With the back seats folded down, this can be extended to a massive 1,390 litres.
Inside, the Sport Turismo is available as a five-seater as standard, though a four-seater arrangement can also be optioned for. Standard items on the Sport Turismo include digital Porsche Advanced Cockpit, adaptive cruise control, Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC), Porsche Traction Management (PTM) and four-wheel drive with rear axle steering. Higher range S models get adaptive air suspension as standard.
Remember that futuristic active rear wings on the standard Panamera? The Sport Turismo will instead get a high tech adaptive rear spoiler. It works at speeds of up to 170km/h, and its degree of angulation varies depending on speed to reduce drag and fuel consumption.
Above 170km/h, the spoiler moves into Performance Position to generate additional downforce of up to 50kg on the rear axle, thereby improving driving dynamics. However, in Sport and Sport Plus mode, it would go into Performance Position from 90km/h upwards. Not only that, if the panoramic sliding roof is open above 90km/h, the spoiler will incline to +26 degrees to minimise wind noise.
Like on the Panamera Saloon and Executive, a total of five engine options are available, including a 3.0-litre V6 turbo with 326 hp, 2.9-litre V6 turbo with 434 hp, 2.9-litre bi-turbo V6 hybrid with 462 hp, 4.0-litre V8 with 542 hp and a 4.0-litre bi-turbodiesel V8 with 422 hp.
“Despite the new wagon styling, the Panamera Sport Turismo is a step forward into a new segment, but retains all of those values and attributes that are characteristic of Porsche,” said Porsche’s Director of Style, Michael Mauer. So folks, when the second-generation Panamera hits the Malaysian market later this year, which would be your pick?