Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo
Since the Porsche Panamera first debuted the rear end styling has met with quite a bit of criticism. The latest redesign helped alleviate some of the disparaging comments, but the Panamera Sport Turismo looks like it will be praised for its looks.
Of course most of the automotive media love a good shooting-brake, so that won’t hurt. The Sport Turismo styling resembles that of the 2012 Panamera Sport Turismo concept car, but with some updated styling.
Normally specs such as the fact that you can get a Sport Turismo with up to 550 horsepower would be the headline. The wagon can launch from 0-60 mph as quick as 3.4 seconds in the Panamera Turbo Sport Turismo model. With that you get a turbocharged 4.0-liter V8. However, performance is not the first thing that will get a potential buyer’s attention.
The big change in the Sport Turismo over the standard Porsche Panamera is the rear cargo area and the 4+1 seating. Unlike other Panamera models the shooting-brake can seat 5 with a small middle seat available in the rear. For storage a capacity of up to 49 cu. ft. is available when the rear seats are put down.
“For Porsche, 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 Michael Mauer, Director of Style at Porsche.
The new Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo lineup will debut at the Geneva Motor Show next week. Cars will hit showrooms by the end of the year for the 2018 model year. Prices 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.
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