Porsche ups the ante with the new Panamera Sport Turismo


Porsche is expanding its Panamera family with the addition of the new Panamera Sport Turismo. Based on the successful sports sedan, the new Panamera Sport Turismo makes a profound statement in the premium segment with its unmistakeable design. At the same time, the Sport Turismo, with up to 550 hp, is one of the most versatile models in its class. With a large tailgate, low loading edge, increased luggage compartment volume and a 4+1 seating concept, the new Panamera model offers the perfect combination of everyday usability and flexibility.


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From a technological and design perspective, the Sport Turismo utilises all the innovations introduced with the brand new Panamera model line launched only last year. 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 Turismo vehicles are equipped as standard with the Porsche Traction Management (PTM), an active all-wheel drive system with electronically controlled multi-plate clutch. For the S models, adaptive air suspension with three-chamber technology is also supplied as standard.


Beginning from the B-pillars where the rear doors start, the Panamera Sport Turismo features a completely unique rear design. Above the pronounced shoulder, an elongated window line and equally long roof contour lend the vehicle its striking appearance. At the rear, the roof drops away much less dramatically than the window line, resulting in prominent and distinctive D-pillars which transition into the shoulder section in a coupé-like fashion. At the top of the vehicle, 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 an additional downforce of up to 50kg on the rear axle.


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Up to a speed of 170km/h, the aerodynamic guide element  – a central system component of 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 170km/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 90km/h upwards. PAA also provides active assistance by adapting the roof spoiler’s angle of inclination to plus 26 degrees when the panoramic sliding roof is open at a speed of 90km/h or above. In this case, the spoiler helps to minimise wind noise.


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 Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo is also available in a four-seat configuration with two electrically adjustable rear individual seats.

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Story originally appeared on Torque.

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