Panamera Sport Turismo: Hybrid of true Porsche and... something
The Sport Turismo, with up to 404 kW/550 hp, a large tailgate, low loading edge, increased luggage compartment volume and a 4+1 seating concept, utilises all the innovations introduced with the brand new Panamera model line launched only last year. These include the digital Porsche Advanced Cockpit, pioneering assistance systems such as Porsche InnoDrive, including adaptive cruise control, chassis systems such as rear axle steering, the Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC Sport) electronic roll stabilisation system and powerful powertrains.
In addition, all Panamera Sport Turismo vehicles are equipped with Porsche Traction Management (PTM) – an active all-wheel drive system with electronically controlled multi-plate clutch – as standard. As of the S models, adaptive air suspension with three-chamber technology is also supplied as standard. The Sport Turismo is characterised by its very dynamic proportions – a perfect reflection of the Porsche design DNA. The vehicle is 5,049 millimetres long, 1,428 millimetres high and 1,937 millimetres wide, while the large wheelbase spans 2,950 millimetres.
The silhouette is further characterised by short body overhangs and large wheels measuring up to 21 inches. At the top of the vehicle, the roof extends into an adaptive spoiler. The angle of the roof spoiler is set in three stages depending on the driving situation and selected vehicle settings, and generates an additional downforce of up to 50 kg on the rear axle. Up to a speed of 170 km/h, the aerodynamic guide element stays in its retracted position, and above 170 km/h, the roof spoiler automatically moves to the performance position with an angle of plus one degree.
The new Sport Turismo is the first Panamera to feature three rear seats. It is without any doubt great if you are looking into tech specs but... It simply doesn't look like a model that came from Porsche. It is like a combination of a true Porsche front and artificially added Japanese end on the back. It's like two cars in one and that dual nature is something that drives us to "It's ugly" conclusion very strongly. We saw more better designed cars in $20,000 range and it's hard to recommend Sport Turismo to anyone. ■