The 2018 Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo is a stunningly beautiful station wagon-shaped variant of the flagship Panamera sedan that was released during the 2017 Geneva Auto Show. The new model’s dimensions have been reduced relative to its previous self. It’s no longer taller, wider or longer than the regular Panamera sedan. Its wheelbase however remains unchanged at 116.1 inch.
But why would anyone spend their dollars on one? Good question. While its dimesnions may not have a vantage over those of the Sedan, the Panamera Sport Turismo is a spectacular masterpiece in lots of other ways. The engineering behind it even makes us wonder why anyone would consider getting the sedan. Its presence on the road is muscular and taut, its looks breathtaking, and it’s a monster on asphalt.
Oh boy, where do we even begin? The new Sport Turismo is simply a gem. To start off with, the new model is the most versatile in its lineup. For starters, the Porsche Panamera lineup consists of no less than six trim models – Base, Panamera 4, Panamera 4S, Panamera 4S Diesel, Panamera Turbo, and Panamera 4 E-Hybrid.
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Regardless of which one you decide to go with, Porsche is generous enough to accompany it with tons of customizations. The only downside here is the cost which could skyrocket when additional options are specified.
According to the Director of Style Porsche – Michael Mauer, the new 2018 Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo retains all the attributes and values of the brand even as it takes a new leap of faith into the unbeaten path. From a design and tech perspective, the Turismo makes use of the entire Panamera spec sheet and adds its own sense of uniqueness and style.
Such spec sheet includes Porsche InnoDrive, Porsche Advanced Cockpit, Porsche Dynamic Chassis, and Porsche Traction Management. In addition, all Sport Turismo models have access to the same four engines, and the same extensive technology and performance options. For example, the Panamera 4 Sport Turismo comes equipped with a powerful 3.0L V6 engine capable of exhaling 330 horsepower.
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2018 Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo Review
- exterior changes
- interior updates
- engine specs
- price & Release date
The Sport Turismo, just like the Panamera Sport sedan, is highlighted by very dynamic proportions which is synonymous with the brand’s design language. Dimensions are as follows: length – 5,049mm, height - 1,428, width – 1,937mm, and wheelbase – 2,950mm. Short body overhangs and large wheels below further characterize its new silhouette.
For 2018, the rear design has entirely changed. The roof contour is longer as is the window line. These two lend the vehicle a striking look. Besides that, the roof is more distinctive and prominent but less dramatic as before.
Erected on top of the vehicle, the roof spoiler, according to Porsche, lends an extra 50 kg of downforce on the rear axle. It is set in three stages dependent on the selected vehicle settings and driving situation. For instance, it stays in its retracted position up to speeds of 170km/h then moves to the performance position at speeds above 170km/h.
Exterior colors available include Carrara White Metallic, Black, Agate Gray Metallic, Volcano Gray Metallic, White, Sapphire Blue Metallic, Chalk, Burgundy Red Metallic, Rhodium Silver Metallic, and Jet Black Metallic.
Interior - 2018 Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo
The interior features endless color combinations and plush leather. Admittedly however, the comfort and luxury levels aren’t any different from what its rivals offer. Just like the rest of the lineup, the Sport Turismo interior has many design cues straight from the 911.
As expected, the technology is upscale. Buyers should expect a lane-departure intervention system, night-vision assist, and smartphone connectivity via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Additional highlights include paint, interior trim, and wheel specifications, 18-way adaptive sport seats, 21-speaker Burmester audio system, a heated steering wheel, speed-sensitive steering assist, power-closing doors, and a sport exhaust.
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Others include a dual-screen rear entertainment system, a rear touchscreen interface ventilated front and rear seats, four-zone climate control, and massaging front and aft seats.
Interior color options include Truffle Brown, Saddle Brown, Cohiba Brown, Black, Black/Chalk, Saddle Brown/Luxor Beige, and Black/Luxor Beige.
Engine Specs - Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo 2018
Various engines are available for 2018. The least powerful could be found beneath the hood of the 330-horsepower generating 3.0L V6 engine. Stepping to the 4S Sport Turbo gets you a twin-turbocharged V6 capable of churning out 440 horsepower. The most insane choice would be the Panamera Turbo Sport Turismo model that gets a twin-turbocharged V8 capable of producing 550 horsepower.
Last but not the least, the 4 E-Hybrid Sport Turismo takes us through a greener direction. This cleaner voyage is made possible by the combination of an electric motor and a 2.9L V6 engine. The combo generates 462 horsepower in addition to throwing in impressive EPA fuel efficiency figures.
Pricing & Release Date
According to trusted sources, the new vehicle should be expected to start arriving at dealerships in late 2017. Porsche says the pricing is as follows: $97,250 for the Panamera Sport Turismo, $110,250 for the 4S, $105,050 for the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid, and $155,050 for the top-of-the-batch Panamera Turbo Sport Turismo.
Rivals in its class include the Audi RS7 Sedan and the BMW 7 Series Sedan. By the same token, BMW has also refreshed the 7 Series for the 2018 model year. Its scores high marks when it comes to offering rear passenger space, acceleration, engine options, and ride quality. Its pricing starts from around $100,615.
The Audi RS7 on the other hand is designed for buyers yawning for something much hotter. It’s practical, refined, fast and powerful. And despite its immense power, the RS7 still manages to be a good companion for daily driving. Pricing for this ludicrous 4-pasenger car starts from an MSRP of $120,050.