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.
BMW M2 Coupe Edition Black Shadow Celebrates Success
The BMW M2 has surpassed the M3 as the best-selling M model, and the M2-Coupe Edition Black Shadow is a celebration of that sales triumph.
Unveiled at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, the special blacked out M2 comes exclusively in Sapphire Black metallic and rides on 19-inch, black matte forged light alloys with a Y-spoke design. It also boasts a high-gloss black grille, a carbon finish for the exterior mirrors and rear diffuser, and race-inspired accents.
All mechanical bits remain unchanged from the regular M2, so power is provided by a turbocharged, 370 horsepower 3.0-liter straight-six engine that, when equipped with the optional seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, allows the Black Shadow M2 to accelerate from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in just 4.3 seconds.
Compact dimensions combined with the exceptional chassis tuning gives it the handling chops to match the impressive speed.
Considered by many enthusiasts to be the true successor to the E36 M3, the BMW M2 managed to sell more than 12,000 examples in 2017. It is one of the finest performance cars on the market right now.
New Lexus UX Unveiled, Joins Crowded Small SUV Segment
Toyota’s luxury division has bolstered its SUV-crossover lineup with a compact CUV, the new Lexus UX.
Debuting at the 2018 Geneva Motor show and billed as a ‘gateway model’ for new urban customers “in a dynamic and growing” segment, the UX is essentially a Toyota C-HR but, fortunately, looks more expensive and upscale inside and out.
It rides on Lexus’ new GA-C (Global Architecture – Compact) platform — a variation of the Toyota New Global Architecture — and measures five inches shorter than the Lexus NX crossover at 177 inches (4,495 mm) long, which should make it easier to fit into those tight city parking spaces.
The exterior adopts many of the larger sibling’s styling cues such as the polarizing spindle grille and sculpted panels, though the full-width taillights are distinct. The interior is also an upgrade over the C-HR, featuring new seats, new materials, new tech and more refinement.
The Lexus UX launches in two flavors — UX 200 and UX 250h. The UX 200 gets its power from a new 168-hp 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine that’s mated to a CVT, while the UX 250h pairs the same engine with a new fourth generation hybrid drive system that produces 176-hp. A new E-Four system grants the hybrid UX all-wheel drive capabilities by employing an additional electric motor on the rear axle.
The new Lexus UX goes on sale in December 2018.
Range Rover SV Coupe – An Expensive Two-Door SUV For The Rich
Jeep Wrangler aside, when was the last time you saw a two-door SUV? Back in the late 90s? Early 2000s maybe? Well, Land Rover feels it’s been too long since we’ve had one and has prepared a two-door Range Rover specifically for a very few individuals with deep pockets.
We say a “very few” individuals because only 999 examples of the Range Rover SV Coupe will be made, with each costing £240,000 in the UK. And what does all that money get you? The finest Land Rover Range Rover has to offer, of course.
The Coupe’s silhouette is unmistakable, but without a good look at the side, you probably wouldn’t notice the absence of two doors. Other distinct exterior touches include unique side vents, a modified grille design, and Range Rover’s first-ever 23-inch wheel option.
Ride height has also been lowered by 8 mm and the suspension retuned to give the SV Coupe a sportier look and ride.
Things are extra special inside, where we find unique semi-aniline leather front seats with a gradated diamond quilt design and the choice of three elegant wood veneers and four front-to-rear contrast interior color options. A range of single-tone interior colors is also available.
Want to make your ride even more special? Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations gives you access to 100 more paint colors, unique ‘match to sample’ hues with a range of finishes; contrast stitching; headrest embroidery; door handle and tread plate engraving; and semi-precious metal badging.
The Range Rover SV Coupe is the fastest full-size Range Rover to date, thanks in large part to a 5.0-liter Supercharged V8 that produces 557 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque. It is capable of hitting 60 miles per hour (96 km/h) from a standstill in just 5 seconds and a top speed of 165 mpg (266 km/h), which are impressive figures for such a large vehicle.
Notwithstanding the fact that two-door SUVs have never truly been popular (the two-door Jeep Wrangler doesn’t sell near as well as the four-door Wrangler), does the Range Rover SV Coupe make you want to see more two-door SUVs? Share your impressions in the comments below.