Porsche says it's not a saloon, not a sports car, and not a wagon. Then - what is it?
This morning's official online reveal of the Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo finally put an end of the endless row of speculations, rumours, reports, indications, spy photos, and renderings. Some call it a wagon, some say it’s a shooting brake, and we simply call it freaking awesome.
But awesomeness doesn’t necessarily come without practicality. In a standard seat layout, the car has a 521-litre boot, while folding the rear seats will grant you with a massive (in the supercar world) 1,387-litre storage space. Speaking of the rear seats, Porsche says the Sport Turismo has seating for 4 + 1 passengers, but we’ll call the centre rear seat an emergency seat.
Design-wise, it’s hard to find anything to complain about the looks of the new Panamera. Sure, it doesn’t have the “oh-my-God” wow factor, but features a sophisticated and intelligent appearance, combined with a pinch sportiness. The German manufacturer says it has “no concept of forbidden thought,” demonstrating “courage” with “edge, with sporty vigour and the healthy self-awareness of a Porsche.”
Of course, we will have to wait until next week and the Geneva Motor Show to have a final judgement on the design, but we already know the power numbers – and they are impressive, as you might expect. The base Panamera 4 has 330hp and is followed by the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid with 462hp, Panamera 4S with 440hp, Panamera 4S Diesel with 422hp, and the range-topping Panamera Turbo Sport with 550hp.
Order books are already opened for the new Panamera Sport Turismo with UK prices starting at £73,010 for the entry-level variant. Go for the cream-of-the-crop Panamera Turbo Sport Turismo and you will have to hand over a cool £117,247. Deliveries are set to begin before the end of the year.