Porsche expands the Panamera Range with Panamera Sport Turismo

Porsche Panamera
Porsche is expanding the Panamera family with the addition of a new body version: The Panamera Sport Turismo is celebrating its world premiere at the Geneva Motor Show (March 7 to 19, 2017), where five different versions will be on display: Panamera 4, Panamera 4S, Panamera 4S Diesel, Panamera 4 E-Hybrid and Panamera Turbo.

Based on the successful sports saloon, the new version once again makes a profound statement in the luxury segment with its unmistakeable design. At the same time, the Sport Turismo, with up to 404 kW (550 hp), is more versatile than any other model in its class. With a large tailgate, low loading height, increased luggage space and a 4+1 seating concept, the new Panamera model offers the perfect combination of everyday usability and maximum flexibility.

“For Porsche, the Panamera Sport Turismo is a step forward into a new segment, but retains all of those values and attributes that are characteristic of Porsche”, says Michael Mauer, Director of Style Porsche.

From a technological and design perspective, the Sport Turismo takes all the innovations introduced with the brand new Panamera saloon. These include the digital Porsche Advanced Cockpit, pioneering assistance systems such as 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 Turismos are equipped with Porsche Traction Management (PTM) – an active all-wheel drive system with electronically controlled multi-plate clutch – and all models sold in Australia will have adaptive air suspension with three chamber technology as standard.
Porsche Panamera

The design and concept of an all-round sports car
Just like the coupe-style Panamera sports saloon, the Sport Turismo is characterised by its very dynamic proportions – a perfect reflection of the Porsche design DNA. The car is 5,049 mm long, 1,428 mm high and 1,937 mm wide, while the wheelbase extends to 2,950 mm. The silhouette is further characterised by short body overhangs and large wheels measuring up to 21 inches in diameter.

From the B-pillars, that is, from the start of the rear doors, the Sport Turismo features a completely unique rear design. Above the pronounced shoulder, an elongated window line and equally long roof contour lend the car its striking appearance. At the rear, the roof drops away much less dramatically than the window line, resulting in a prominent and distinctive D-pillar which transitions into the shoulder section with coupe-like characteristics.

First adaptively extendible roof spoiler in the segment
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 additional downforce of up to 50 kg on the rear axle.

Up to a speed of 170 km/h, the aerodynamic guide element – a central system component of the Porsche Active Aerodynamics (PAA) – stays in its retracted position with an angle of minus seven degrees, which reduces drag and thus optimises fuel consumption.

Above 170 km/h, the roof spoiler automatically moves to the performance position with an angle of plus one degree, thereby increasing driving stability and lateral dynamics. When in the Sport and Sport Plus driving modes, the roof spoiler automatically moves to the performance position at speeds of 90 km/h upwards. PAA also provides active assistance by adapting the roof spoiler’s angle to plus 26 degrees when the panoramic sliding roof is open at speeds of 90 km/h or above. In this case, the spoiler helps to minimise wind noise.
Porsche Panamera

Three seats in redesigned rear
The new Sport Turismo is the first Panamera to feature three rear seats. The two outside seats take the form of individual seats – in keeping with the model line’s claim for sporty performance with maximum passenger comfort – thereby producing a 2+1 configuration at the rear. As an option, the Panamera Sport Turismo is also available in a four-seat configuration with two electrically adjustable individual rear seats.

The raised roof line of the Sport Turismo allows easier entry and exit at the rear and ensures greater head clearance. The usability of the luggage compartment benefits from the wide opening electric tailgate with a loading edge height of just 628 mm.

Measured to the upper edge of the rear seats, storage capacity is up to 520 litres (Panamera 4 E-Hybrid Sport Turismo: 425 litres) – or 20 litres more than the sports saloon. When fully loaded and with the rear seats folded down, the gains amount to around 50 litres.

The backrests of the three rear seats can be folded down together or individually (in a 40:20:40 split) and are unlocked electrically from the luggage compartment. When all of the backrests are folded down, the loading floor is virtually flat. In this configuration, the storage volume expands to up to 1,390 litres (Panamera 4 E-Hybrid Sport Turismo: 1,295 litres).

Porsche Panamera

A luggage compartment management system is available as an option. Its features include two rails integrated in the loading floor, four lashing points and a luggage compartment partition net. A 230-V electrical socket can also be provided in the luggage compartment.

Five variants now on sale
The Panamera Sport Turismo is available to order now with the first Australian deliveries expected from November 2017.

Panamera 4 Sport Turismo $232,800
Panamera 4 E-Hybrid Sport Turismo $255,800
Panamera 4S Sport Turismo $318,100
Panamera 4S Diesel Sport Turismo $325,900
Panamera Turbo Sport Turismo $391,000

Fuel consumption and emissions
Panamera 4 Sport Turismo: combined fuel consumption 7.9 L/100 km; CO2 emissions 180 g/km
Panamera 4S Sport Turismo: combined fuel consumption 8.3 L/100 km; CO2 emissions 189 g/km
Panamera 4S Diesel Sport Turismo: combined fuel consumption 6.8L/100 km; CO2 emissions 178 g/km
Panamera Turbo Sport Turismo: combined fuel consumption 9.5L/100 km; CO2 emissions 217 g/km
Panamera 4 E-Hybrid Sport Turismo: combined fuel consumption 2.5L/100 km; electric power consumption 15.9 kWh/100 km; CO2 emissions 56 g/km

* Prices are recommended retail prices before statutory and dealer delivery charges, which vary from State to State.

* Fuel Consumption
Consumption figures are not reflective of real world driving conditions. Consumption figures are per the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) test cycle ) in accordance with the Euro 5 and Euro 6 (715/2007/EC and 692/2008/EC) measurement method and should be used for comparative purposes only. The figures do not refer to an individual vehicle nor do they constitute part of the offer. Higher equipment levels may affect consumption and performance.

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