Last night, the Sytner media team headed over to one of our fantastic Porsche Centres to attend a preview event of the all-new Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo.
A fantastic evening filled with canapés and legendary Porsches, invited guests were treated to their first look at Porsche’s fantastic new estate variant (for want of a better term) of the Porsche Panamera. A car that blends practicality, performance and beauty, the Panamera Sport Turismo was certainly warmly received.
Featuring external styling that is similar to the car’s saloon sibling, Panamera Sport Turismo’s main talking point is that redesigned rear profile; gone is the long, slowly descending, sloping profile of a saloon and in is a long high roofline and rounded boot lid. The subsequent silhouette that comes as a product of this redesign is certainly something of beauty – whilst this can be appreciated in the various press shots and photographs of Panamera Sport Turismo, it becomes even more apparent when you see the car in person.
Despite the fact that Panamera Sport Turismo remains the same size as the saloon, it benefits from added practicality thanks again to that redesigned rear profile. The long high roofline of the car has allowed Porsche to find additional space and create a larger boot – adding to this, folding down the rear seats grants access to 1,390 litres of space. Whilst that may not mean much written in words, it actually translates to more space that you get in the boot of most SUVs.
This added practicality becomes even more amazing when you start to consider the performance figures that have been supplied with the Panamera Sport Turismo; the turbo and E-Hybrid variants have 0-60mph sprint times that are similar to Porsche’s GT3 (the latter actually matches the GT3 to 60mph). Looking further through the range, you’ll also find that there is an entry level 330bhp V6 variant, a diesel variant, an S variant and the two aforementioned variants; in total, you have five different engine options to choose from.
To aid with Panamera Sport Turismo’s handling, all variants feature all-wheel drive and the S comes with Porsche’s adaptive air suspension. There’s also the option of Porsche’s PDCC Sport package - which adds anti-roll bars and torque vectoring - and Porsche’s four-wheel steering system, should you want even greater handling. In what may be a first for an estate, Porsche have included an active rear wing on the Panamera Sport Turismo that moves through three different positions depending on the situation.
Stepping inside the cabin, everything remains very similar to the saloon. Upfront, the full digital dashboard once again makes an appearance; replacing traditional instrument dials with digital ones and traditional climate control switches and the like with a touch-sensitive centre console. The infotainment system is Porsche’s advanced new Porsche Connect system that allows access to everything from Apple CarPlay to Google Maps and is capable of not only letting you know where petrol stations are along your route but also the price of fuel at said petrol stations.
The Panamera Sport Turismo is set out in a format that Porsche call 4+1; this means two seats upfront and two full-size seats in the rear with a smaller middle seat in between them. Should this not be your desired format, Porsche also offer Panamera Sport Turismo in a 2+2, four-seater, arrangement. Rear seat passengers benefit from another touch-sensitive interface that controls the environment in the rear and additional headroom courtesy of the long high roofline.
When you combine all of these elements, you get to see how fantastic Panamera Sport Turismo is as a high performance executive vehicle – it’s the kind of car that you could take on a genuinely practical trip to IKEA … but only after you’d deliberately found an IKEA that was in actual Sweden, just so that you could drive the car more. For that very reason, we are certainly looking forward to bringing you a more in-depth feature on the Panamera Sport Turismo later in the year.
The Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo arrives in our dealerships on the 10th November. If you would like any further information, please do not hesitate to contact one of our Porsche Centres here.
During the event, we took a look around the Panamera Sport Turismo live on Facebook – which you can see here. You can also see a full gallery of images from the evening on our Facebook and Instagram accounts.