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 Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo Concept 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 Porsche Exclusive 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.
Mercedes-AMG GT R Roadster Is One Exclusive Convertible
Production of this drop-top German will be limited to just 750 units.
Just four months after the four-door Mercedes-AMG GT made its debut, the Mercedes-AMG GT family has grown yet again with the addition of the GT R Roadster.
Arriving just in time for summer, the limited-edition convertible features a three-layer fabric soft top with lightweight aluminum and magnesium construction and an acoustic mat that helps absorb wind noise.
Power is provided by AMG’s 4.0-liter V8 Bitrubo engine, producing 577 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. The sprint from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) is complete in 3.5 seconds and top speed is reached at 197 mph (317 km/h).
Like the GT R coupe, the GT R Roadster boasts a long list of exterior upgrades that include a wider stance, a larger rear wing, exclusive 20-inch wheels in the rear and 19-inch rims up front, and an adjustable coil-over suspension with active rear axle steering
A number of active aerodynamic components have been implemented to manage airflow around the engine and underneath the car, reducing lift and maximizing efficiency and downforce.
Notable interior touches include AMG black carbon fiber trim elements, AMG Performance seats wrapped in Nappa leather, and an AMG Performance steering wheel.
Mercedes plans to build just 750 examples of the GT R Roadster, so act fast if you want one.
Alfa Romeo Tonale SUV Concept Previews Alfa’s First Electrified Vehicle
The Italian automaker is getting ready to enter the electric vehicle segment.
Alfa Romeo used the 2019 Geneva Motor show to debut the Tonale Concept, previewing its first plug-in hybrid.
Sharing a design language with the larger Stelvio, the sleek compact crossover stands out with a large lower grille flanked by LED-array headlights that are thinner than those on the Stelvio and retro design elements like Alfa Romeo’s characteristic phone-dial wheel, which as borrowed from the 33 Stradale of the 1960s.
Highlights of the interior include a 12.3-inch full digital instrument cluster, a large 10.25-inch touchscreen for the central head unit, and premium materials ranging from aluminum to Alcantara and leather.
Technical details or a launch window for the production Tonale were not revealed, but the model was envisioned with a plug-in hybrid powertrain.
Alfa Romeo plans to launch a total of six PHEVs by the end of 2022, and the Tonale will certainly be one of them.
Polestar 2 Electric Car Charges Up To Battle Tesla Model 3
Sweden delivers yet another promising electrified vehicle.
The Polestar 2 has arrived, and it’s ready to do battle with the Tesla Model 3 and other premium compact electric cars.
As Polestar’s first fully-electric vehicle, the Polestar 2 draws heavy inspiration from the Volvo 40.2 concept that debuted in 2016, featuring a relatively high ride height for a sedan and a five-door fastback design that makes it more versatile.
In fact, the Polestar 2 is based on Volvo’s Compact Modular Architecture platform and is powered by a drivetrain consisting of two electric motors and a 78 kWh battery that deliver a combined 408 horsepower and 487 lb-ft. of torque, enough power to accelerate it from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in under five seconds.
The 27-module battery pack also integrated into the floor to improve the rigidity of the chassis and improve noise, vibration and harshness levels. It provides the Swedish electric car with a driving range of around 275 miles (443 km) on a single charge.
For those interested in a sportier driving experience, the Polestar 2 will be available with a Performance Pack that adds Öhlins dampers, Brembo brakes and unique 20-inch forged wheels. It also adds gold seat belts, brake calipers and valve caps.
Highlights of the interior include an 11-inch touchscreen that runs an Android-based infotainment system, granting owners access to Google Assistant, Google Maps and a number of other vehicle-based apps.
Production of the Polestar 2 kicks off in China in early 2020, with pricing starting at 39,900 Euros in Europe and at $55,000 in the United States.
Like the Polestar 1, it will be available exclusively via an online ordering system, and there will also eventually be a subscription program to broaden its reach.
Polestar will also introduce a less expensive version of the Polestar 2 down the road.