You know that Porsche Panamera Shooting Brake we were all expecting to be unveiled at the Geneva International Motor Show? It’s not gonna happen. Instead, Porsche is unveiling a Sport Turismo.
Okay, it’s the same thing. It’s a wagon, and it will reportedly be available in Panamera variants to which customers are accustomed — the all-wheel drive 4 and 4S, the E-Hybrid and the Turbo, with the engine range also the same. A 330-hp 3.0-litre turbocharged V-6 powers the Panamera 4 Sport Turismo; a 440-hp twin-turbo 2.9-litre V-6 for the 4S (which adds a 101-kW electric motor for the E-Hybrid); and the 550-hp 4.0-litre twin-turbo V-8 for the Turbo. The neat part is that despite the added body work, the Sport Turismos maintain the 0-100 km/h times of the sedans — 5.3, 4.2 (4.6) and 3.6 seconds, respectively.
“For Porsche, the Panamera Sport Turismo is a step forward into a new segment, but retains all those values and attributes that are characteristic of Porsche,” says Michael Mauer, Director of Style Porsche.
The new model is equipped with all the features available as standards and options as the new Panamera (revamped last year), and will also feature Porsche Traction Management (PTM), an active all-wheel drive system with an electronically controlled multi-plate clutch, and a 3-chamber adaptive air suspension.
Its footprint is identical to the sedan’s — 5,049 mm long by 1,937 mm wide, with a 2,950-mm wheelbase. The height is just 5 mm taller, at 1,428 mm — an it’s identical from the B-pillar’s forward. The window line is slightly longer and the rear-quarter windows are changed from the sedan to better reflect the flatter roof (though they continue the distinctive Porsche rear window contour, with only a slight variation).
The other variation is the roof-mounted spoiler, which adapts to the driving situations in three stages. In normal driving, it’s retracted (at an angle of -7 degrees) to reduce drag and optimize fuel usage. At track speeds, it deploys to 1 degree to improve driving stability and lateral dynamics. The operation is automatic in Sport and Sport Plus modes once 88 km/h is reached. It will also deploy to 26 degrees at 88 km/h when the panoramic sunroof is open, to minimize wind noise. The spoiler can add up to 50 kg of downforce over the rear axle.
But the big news is what happens in the rear of the cabin. The rear seat is not only offers better head clearance (thanks to the reduced roof slope) but it can accommodate up to three occupants (a first for the Panamera), with the outboard seats maintaining their sport design. When ordered as a 4-seater, the rear seats are electrically adjustable.
The load height for the cargo area is just 627 mm, which makes it easy to load up to 521 litres of stuff (425, in the hybrid). That’s 20 litres better than the trunk in the Panamera sedans, but the Sport Turismo has the edge when it comes to loading it up to the rafters, with an extra 50 litres of above-the-belt cargo space.
The rear seats go down in a 40/20/40 split and can be put down at the push of a button from the cargo area, expanding the cargo hold to 1,390 litres (1,296 in the hybrid). An optional cargo management system adds cargo rails in the floor, tie-down points, and a partition net.
The Sport Turismo models are expected to add from $5,000 to upwards of $7,500 to Panamera sedan MSRPs, depending on the model. They’re due to arrive by the end of 2017 … just in time for ski season!