Meet the latest member of the highly-regarded Panamera family — the new, 2018 Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo!
The new Panamera Sport Turismo might just be every family man’s dream car, combining the luxury, sportiness and world-class craftsmanship that characterises all Porsche’s with a practical body for hauling around the wife and kids and getting work done around the house.
It’s no SUV, and you might be tempted to describe it as nothing more than a wagon version of the Panamera. However, there is more to it than meets the eye.
Keep reading for ten interesting facts about the new Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo…
1. From Concept to Reality
The stylish that was unveiled at the 2012 Paris Motor Show gave us our first good look at how the Panamera wagon would turn out, and we’re glad it didn’t change much in its transition from a concept to a production car.
As far as wagons (“estate”, for our friends in Europe) go, it has a clean and athletic design that looks expensive, putting most other station wagons to shame.
2. Best-Looking Panamera?
Sure, the front half of the Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo is essentially the same as the regular Panamera, but it’s from the B-pillar and beyond that things get visually interesting.
To my eye, the rear end of the Panamera Sport Turismo just jives better with the vehicle’s overall design than the sedan’s. It looks less goofy and is how the Panamera should have been designed in the first place rather than attempting to force rear-engine proportions of the Porsche 911 on a sedan body.
Do you agree?
3. Most Useful Panamera
The Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo is for a fact the most useful and downright practical Panamera you can get. From the B-pillar back, the roofline stretches much further back than on the sedan and with less sloping, providing more headroom for rear seat passengers and greater storage space.
The setup allows the Panamera wagon to hold up to 520 liters (18.4 cubic feet) of luggage with the power-adjustable rear seats up and as much as 1,390 liters (49.1 cubic feet) when they are folded down. The regular Panamera, in comparison, offers 493 liters (17.4 cubic feet) and 1,303 liters (46 cubic feet), respectively.
Even the rear door openings are slightly larger as a result of the stretched, less sloping roof.
4. More Love for Rear Passengers
Speaking of rear seat passengers, rather than provide them with a run-of-the-mill bench seats with pretentions of seating three, Porsche actually crafted one consisting of two individual seats and a third one in the middle, referring to such configuration as a 4+1 setup.
That’s right, unlike the regular Panamera (seats only two), the Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo can actually seat three adults in the back with less fuss with regards to headroom and legroom than in most other cars.
You can also get a two-seater option for the rear with a center console between the two passengers in case a limousine feel is what you’re going for.
5. Top Notch Comfort and Infotainment
As with all other Panamera models, the Sport Turismo was developed for performance without compromising on passenger comfort. There are endless options for you to spend your money on.
Notable highlights include the Porsche Advanced Cockpit with a redesigned glass-look centre console and touch-sensitive buttons arranged in logical groups, as well as the high-resolution 12-inch touchscreen.
Jumping to the rear, the new Porsche Rear Seat Entertainment provides a cinema in the second row with fully integrated and networked Infotainment system on two separate 10-inch touchscreens.
6. World’s First Adjustable Roof Spoiler
The Panamera Sport Turismo can be equipped with the world’s first roof-mounted adjustable spoiler. Like the one on the regular Panamera, it operates in three different modes depending on the speed and driving settings.
On the Sport Turismo, the spoiler generates up to 110 pounds (50 kg) of downforce at high speeds and reduces wind noise when the panoramic sunroof is wide open.
7. Same Capable Powertrains
As to be expected, the Sport Turismo shares its engines with the regular Panamera, meaning there will be five in total at launch depending on where you are in the world.
You can choose between the Panamera 4, Panamera 4S, Panamera 4S Diesel, Panamera 4 E-Hybrid and Panamera Turbo, all using an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission and with outputs varying between 325 horsepower and 456 hp.
The range-topping Turbo Sport Turismo is powered by a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 engine that produces 542 horsepower.
8. All-Wheel Drive Only
Unlike the normal Panamera, the Sport Turismo is all-wheel drive only, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. However, if you’re the sort of person that likes to turn off the traction control and do a lot of tail slides, it might not be the Panamera for you.
Given Sport Turismo’s more stylish exterior and roomier interior, I am not complaining. It’s a Panamera through and through, meaning it will be one of the most exciting, adrenaline-inducing wagons you could get.
10. Personalize Your Ride
As we mentioned earlier, the Panamera Sport Turismo has many options that you can spend your money on. But should even that not be enough, the program allows you to personalize your ride even more, tailoring it entirely according to your personal taste.
What will you do to your Sport Turismo?
10. Premium Product and Price
Yes, it’s a wagon and it’s practical, but the Panamera Sport Turismo is also a Porsche, meaning it won’t come cheap. Expect to spend a decent mortgage down payment on one.
That of course begs the question “do you want one?”
What Do You Think?
So, let us know, did you find our 10 facts about the production Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo interesting? Does it make you want a wagon and would you choose it over the regular Panamera?
Share your thoughts in the comments below, and also check out our 8 interesting facts about the all-new, 2018 Volvo XC60.