When Porsche first launched the Panamera, it was either met with derision or love – it really was one of those cars that you loved, or … maybe hated is the wrong word, but it certainly wasn’t loved.
It was a bold move by Porsche – people joked that the easiest job in the world was that of a Porsche designer; get a 911, glue a few fancy bits on it and call it a new model. Easy. So when they took a step from their comfort zone, people were shocked, even more so when they looked upon the Panamera for the first time.
Beauty or The Beast?
|Contents||It certainly wasn’t a thing of pure beauty. Some cars just give you the thrills as soon as you lay eyes on them, others you hate from the outset and then there’s the ones that are just … Fiat Multipla ugly. (And if you don’t know just how ugly the Multipla is, a word of warning… it can’t be unseen).At the 2012 Paris Auto Show, Porsche unveiled the wagon version of the Panamera, it was a thing of beauty. It’s amazing just how changing the rear end of the vehicle transformed the look.
The new 2018 Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo is virtually identical to the concept, aside from adding a few items like side mirrors, and it too, is a thing of beauty. Everything from the B-pillar backwards has been changed from the standard Panamera, it even has active aero incorporated.
Modifications and Pricing
There are four trim levels, the base model (Panamera 4 Sport Turismo) will cost $96,200 plus destination charges ($97,250), and for that, you’ll get a 330 BHP turbo charged V6 motor, next up in the range is the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid Sport Turismo which packs a 2.9 liter twin turbo V6 and electric motor – combined power output is 462 BHP and that will set you back $104,000 plus destination ($105,050).
Then it’s the Panamera 4S Sport Turismo at $109,200 ($110,250 with destination) which is basically the same gas engine as the hybrid (without the hybrid bit) and that makes 440 BHP and then we have the proper Turbo trim; the Panamera Turbo Sport Turismo has a twin turbo charged V8 which knocks out 550 BHP, but… it’s a significant price hike… $155,050 with destination.
Remember that these are base prices – start adding on a few shiny bits and you can easily add a few (tens?) thousand dollars extra to those prices. But then you’re not buying a Porsche because you have a limited budget are you.
2018 Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo Has More Space
Starting with the less exciting bits, Porsche are offering the Turismo with an extra seat in the second row (for the first time ever), making it just that little more practical, however, you don’t have to have it – Porsche will build you one with just the regular two seat setup should you want, and from what we understand, it’s a no cost option. Of course, one of the main selling points of the Wagon will be increased space, the storage capacity has gone from 17.4 feet3 to 18.3 feet3 with the seats up and has a total luggage space of 49 cubic feet when the seats are folded flat – it also has a low tailgate opening (just 24.7” for easier loading) and you can even specify a luggage management system consisting of loading rails, 4 latching points and a luggage net. Although no doubt that it won’t be cheap.
And now for the more exciting bits…
2018 Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo Advanced Aerodynamics
The roofline extends down in to a rear wing (or spoiler if you’re that way inclined), but it isn’t just a regular wing, it uses adaptive aero.
It has three positions depending on the driving mode and style, but it’s also more than a piece of decoration, actually adding up to 110 lbs of downforce at maximum attack. Even better (and we aren’t sure of just how the clever nerds at Porsche did this), it helps to minimize wind noise when the panoramic roof is open at speeds above 56 MPH. We say we aren’t sure how they did it because when you add any type of aero appendage to the exterior of the car, the very nature of its job is to work against the wind, meaning it should create even more noise.
The wing is part of the Porsche Activity Aerodynamics System, and changes position with the need; up to 105 MPH, the guide element stays retracted to reduce the drag, but when you start pressing on above 105 MPH the wing moves to its performance position to increase stability and aero downforce. So if you see a Panamera with the wing fully up in the performance position, you know that the driver is getting serious behind the wheel!
It looks like the Europeans are going to get the Panamera Sport Turismo before us, with deliveries to the dealerships expected to start happening in October 2017, we will have to wait until… November, so it’s not actually too long to wait for it.
2018 Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo release date: November 2017
We can’t wait to have a first drive and see if the Sport Turismo is as beautiful in the flesh as the pictures lead us to believe it should be.
What do you think of the 2018 Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo?