The Porsche Panamera is arguably the most divisive car the German manufacturer has produced in the last decade. Especially with the first generation car, many strong opinions were formed about Porsche’s four-door Autobahn dweller. Despite being an incredibly capable automobile, its looks have sparked doubts across the automotive world. Its looks have always been a hate it or love it affair, but I think it’s fair to say the second generation is a noticeable improvement. Especially now that they’ve created an estate version. That’s right, revealed this week, the Panamera has received the full wagon treatment. Allow me to present to you the Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo.
The styling changes to convert the standard Panamera into the Sport Turismo are not drastic. From many angles, the car looks incredibly similar. The Sport Turismo shares the smart, poised stance that differentiates newer Panameras from their predecessors. However, once you look around to the car’s side profile, you can see how the small changes had dramatic consequences. That stretched roofline, revised D-pillar, and new rear spoiler really enhance the car’s character. I never thought I’d call the Panamera a handsome car, but this new Sport Turismo body style suits Porsche’s executive cruiser well.
The Sport Turismo is available in a number of different trim levels ranging from the base V6 model to the full-blown Turbo variant. The new Turbo is capable of 550 horsepower from its twin-turbo V8. This is sent to all four wheels through a new 8-speed PDK transmission, resulting in a 0-60 time of 3.4 seconds and a top speed of 190 miles per hour. The Sport Turismo, due to its additional mass and higher center of gravity, will be slightly slower than the sedan it’s based on, but not by much. This is a big, practical car that’ll get you, your friends, and all your stuff to your destination while easily achieving some pretty illegal speeds. Even with the non-Turbo variants, pretty much any version of the Panamera you choose will have enough grunt to get the car moving quickly.
In a nutshell, the Sport Turismo is a fast, practical, handsome estate car packed with all the technology and luxury features you’d expect from a Porsche. It’s an incredibly appealing concept, and I look forward to seeing them on the road later this year. For everything else revealed at this year’s Geneva Motor Show, stay tuned to Oh So Lofty.