We were still trying to wrap our heads around the marvelous new Panamera Hybrid S when Porsche dropped another bomb, this time in form of the Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo. This is the Shooting Brake version of the super saloon we have been waiting for, now ready for debut at the Geneva Motor Show with a 4+1 seating position.
The whole point of Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo was to add more practicality to the car’s unique blend of superb performance and unrivaled prestige. Porsche has done this by adding an elegant rear hatch to the car which results in an increase in luggage capacity to maximum 1,390 liters with the backseat folded. They have also added a third seat in the back in place of the center console in the sedan version, so that’s what the 4+1 arrangement is all about. There is also an optional luggage compartment management system featuring two rails integrated in the loading floor, four tie-down points, and a partition net.
The 2018 Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo also features some ‘firsts’ for this class of vehicles, such as the first application of an active roof spoiler featuring three angels of attack depending on the driving situation and selected vehicle settings. This is part of Porsche Active Aerodynamics (PAA) which ensures even this family-oriented Panamera is capable of doing some serious track work. It helps then that you can get the shooting brake Panamera with the 550 hp 4.0 liter twin-turbocharged V8, but the best powertrain would be the 4 E-Hybrid which offers the best of both world. The base models come with turbo V6 in regular and S versions.
Set for market launch towards the end of 2017, the Panamera Sport Turismo will start at $96,200 for the Panamera 4 Sport Turismo, $104,000 for the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid Sport Turismo, $109,200 for the Panamera 4S Sport Turismo, and $154,000 for the Panamera Turbo Sport Turismo (prices exlcusding tax and destination).
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