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Published on March 3rd, 2017 | by Amirul Mukminin

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Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo Is Your Ultimate Station Wagon

The Porsche Panamera is one of those cars that people either love or hate but if there is one thing that we all can agree on is that the new Panamera Sport Turismo is drop dead gorgeous, especially if you are really into station wagons.

The car is set to make its debut at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show, where five different versions will be on display: Panamera 4, Panamera 4S, Panamera 4S Diesel, Panamera 4 E-Hybrid and Panamera Turbo. The range benefits from all the components introduced with the new Panamera last year and these include the digital advanced cockpit, rear axle steering, Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC Sport) and Porsche Traction Management (PTM), to name a few.

As far as the look is concerned, the Sport Turismo features a completely unique design from the start of the rear doors to the rear, where the roof extends into an adaptive spoiler. The angle of the spoiler is set in three stages depending on the driving situation and vehicle settings, and generates an additional downforce of up to 50 kg on the rear axle.

Up to a speed of 170 km/h, the spoiler stays in its retracted position with an angle of minus seven degrees, which reduces drag and thus optimises fuel consumption.

Any faster, the spoiler angle is increased to plus one degree, thereby increasing driving stability and lateral dynamics. When in the Sport and Sport Plus driving modes, the roof spoiler moves to the position at speeds of 90 km/h upwards. The angle goes all the way to plus 26 degrees when the panoramic roof is open at 90 km/h and above to minimise wind noise.

The Sport Turismo is the first Panamera to feature three rear seats. The two outside seats take the form of individual seats, resulting in a 2+1 configuration at the rear. As an option, the wagon is also available in a four-seat configuration with two electrically adjustable individual seats at the rear.

The raised roof line of the Sport Turismo allows for easier entry and exit at the rear of the vehicle and ensures greater head clearance, while the luggage compartment benefits from the wide opening tailgate, which is electrically operated as standard, and a loading edge height of just 628 mm.

The Sport Turismo has a storage capacity of up to 520 litres (20 litres more than the saloon version), which extends to 570 litres with the rear seats folded down. When all of the backrests are folded down, the loading floor is virtually level and the storage volume is expanded to up to 1,390 litres.

That said, the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid Sport Turismo makes do with 425 litres of luggage space with the rear seats folded down and up to 1,295 litres with all of the backrests folded down. To make life easier, Porsche is offering a luggage compartment management system which includes two rails integrated in the loading floor, four lashing points, a luggage compartment partition net and a 230-V socket.

 


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