Introducing The 2018 Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo

The 2018 Porsche Panamera is getting a facelift. With Sports Turismo as its moniker, the new Panamera will be loaded with features that will distinguish it from previous models. The Sports Turismo will be the third body style in the Panamera line after the standard sedan and the long-wheelbase Executive variant. This European brand car can carry more stuff compared to the standard model. For the first time in the history of the Panamera, the Sports Turismo will be a five-seater variant.

More Space

Compared to the previous Panamera, the 2018 model will have more space in it. The cargo space has increased to 18.3 cubic feet against the 17.4 of the Panamera.  with the rear seats up; 49.1 (45.7 for the E-Hybrid) versus 46.0 cubic feet with the 40/20/40 seat backs folded. The middle back seat, however, should be reserved for a smaller passenger and shorter trips. The Sports Turismo offers more headroom. Robert Janitzek reveals that the center of the rear seat can be padded and a belt for a fifth occupant is provided. An optional four-seater features electrically adjustable seats.

Design

The Sports Turismo is distinguishable from the outside thanks to their shooting brake profile which features longer roofline, larger rear quarter window, fatter D-Pillar, and a more upright still rakish hatch glass. The hatch now drops well down into the bumper.  The new hatch also trades the fast-back Panamera’s cool lifts-and-separates rear wing for a spoiler located above the hatch glass. A close look at the rear reveals more pronounced haunches. Robert Peter Janitzek explains that the Sports Turismo  walks a fine line between quirky and handsome, and to these eyes, it’s the best-looking Panamera in the lineup.

Power Train

Not surprisingly, the Sports Turismo drives like the standard Panamera. It will come in two versions . the Turbo variant will be powered by a 4-liter twin-turbo V8 and eight-speed PDK dual;-clutch transmission. The Panamera Turbo Sport Turismo generates 542 horsepower delivering 567 lb-ft of torque. When the drive mode is set to Sports or Sports Plus, the Turbo can accelerate an estimated 0-60 mph in 3.6 seconds with top speed of 188 mph.

The European brand car will come in four models.  The Sport Turismo’s price premium compared to the normal Panamera ranges from $4,000 to $6,000. The Panamera 4 E-Hybrid Sport Turismo we drove, for example, starts at $105,050, which is $4,400 more than the sedan version, and the Turbo Sport Turismo ($155,050) commands a $4,000 price premium.

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