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Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo set for debut in Geneva

02 March, 2017, 08:48 | Author: Nadine Todd
  • Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo set for debut in Geneva

Based on the current generation Panamera but featuring new metalwork from the B-pillar back, the Sport Turismo gives Porsche buyers, and indeed buyers of luxury vehicles, another more practical option without recourse to SUV ownership. The backrests of the three rear seats can be folded down together or individually in a 40:20:40 split to increase cargo room.

Believe it or not, it's been four and a half years since Porsche first planted the idea of a Panamera wagon in the automotive world's mind with the Sport Turismo Wagon Concept that debuted at the 2012 Paris Motor Show. Thanks to that longer roofline, the Panamera Sport Turismo now has 18.3 cubic feet of rear compartment space with the seats up. The rear doors have been modified to accommodate a larger glass area.

The tailgate itself also has a lower loading edge, coming in at only 24.7 inches.

A complex active spoiler mounted atop the tailgate enhances aerodynamics. (50 kg) at the rear axle. Putting your foot into it a little more and going above 105 miles per hour, the spoiler "moves into performance position with an angle of plus one degree, increasing driving stability and lateral dynamics". Above 170km/h, the spoiler is automatically set in a so-called performance position with an angle of one degree.

When switching to Sport and Sport Plus driving modes, the roof spoiler automatically moves to the performance position at speeds of 56 miles per hour (90 km/h) and higher. For example, at a speed up to 105 miles per hour (170 km/h), the aerodynamic guide element stays in its retracted position with an angle of minus seven degrees, helping reduce drag and optimizing fuel consumption.

Porsche has taken the wraps off of the first true bodystyle evolution of its Panamera flagship, a five-door wagon-like hatchback that the German automaker says improves the model's load-carrying ability without diminishing its performance.

Also differentiating the Sport Turismo from the standard Panamera is the presence of a third rear seat. The two outside seats are individual seats, so it results in a 2+1 configuration in the rear. Credit for the styling of the new Porsche model goes to Mitja Borkert, who also penned the company's all-electric Mission E concept and is now head of design at Volkswagen Group sister company, Lamborghini. It uses two rails integrated into the floor of the boot, four lashing points and a partition net to secure items. Five different versions of the Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo will be displayed in Geneva: Panamera 4, Panamera 4S, Panamera 4S Diesel, Panamera 4 E-Hybrid and Panamera Turbo. The range-topping Turbo Sport Turismo delivers 542 hp from its twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 engine while power from the other engines vary between 325 hp and 456 hp.

With a fully-charged battery and a driver who can resist the urge to exploit 680 hp, Porsche says the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid is good for a 2.9 L/100 km fuel consumption rating, according to the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) measurement.

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