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New Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo breaks cover at Geneva Motor Show

Porsche has revealed the Panamera Sport Turismo at the Geneva Motor Show, a new shooting brake version of Panamera four-door saloon adding a dash of practicality to Porsche’s four-door coupe which will arrive in showrooms this October.

• 2017 Geneva Motor Show: Live

The practical new Porsche has been on our radar for a while now, having been snapped numerous times by our spy photographers and confirmed to Auto Express by Porsche CEO Oliver Blume last year. It’s one of two new models for Porsche at this year’s Geneva show, appearing alongside the new 911 GT3 4.0-litre. 

Little changes from the 2012 Panamera Sport Turismo Concept. The new Mercecedes-Benz CLS Shooting Brake rival takes the second generation Panamera and adds an estate style boot, additional passenger space and an extra seat in the back, squeezed into the same 5,049mm length body.

At the back, the shape of the new rear end is kept true to the Panamera’s four-door coupe mantra with a roofline that gently bleeds out, keeping bulk to a minimum. A new rear spoiler with an active wing element sits above the rear window, the angle of the spoiler changing depending on speed and vehicle settings. It can generate up to 50kg of downforce, but most of the time it’s tucked away to minimise drag and save fuel. 

In terms of boot space the Panamera Sport Turismo offers 520-litres of storage capacity – an additional 25 litres on the standard Panamera. However, the restyled roofline means wider door openings for rear seat passengers, and importantly, more headroom.

One of the biggest changes served up by the Panamera Sport Turismo is room for an additional passenger – the rear pew is now available with three seats, using a central third seat creating a 2+1 rear bench. The seats can be folded down together or individually in a 40:20:40 split, opening up 1,390-litres of room. Alternatively, two separate electrically adjustable seats separated by a centre console can be specced instead, as found in the Panamera Coupe.

Order books for the Panamera Sport Turismo are open now, and a total of five engines are available – every option fitted with all-wheel-drive. 

The entry-level model will be a Panamera 4 Sport Turismo, using a 3.0-litre six-cylinder engine with 327bhp and priced from £73,017. A pricier £93,979 4S Sport Turismo with 434bhp will sit above it, alongside a 4S Diesel model with 416bhp from £97,067. Porsche claims the diesel model can do 42.2mpg.

The £117,247 range topper will be the Panamera Turbo Sport Turismo, boasting a 4.0-litre V8 turbo with 542bhp. A 456bhp E-Hybrid model will be on sale too from £83,288 with a claimed 56g/km and 113mpg, though the plug-in hybrid powertrain takes a toll on practicality, knocking down boot space to 425-litres.

Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo - front quarter

The Panamera Sport Turismo may not be the only Panamera derivative Porsche is plotting, though. Speaking to Auto Express in 2014, Porsche’s head of research and development, Wolfgang Hatz revealed that the platform underpinning the latest Panamera model could support even more bodystyles, though only after careful consideration. 

“The reason we have done this [new platform] is so all things are already included; could be coupe, could be convertible, could be Sport Turismo. And now we have to decide which is the one that hits our needs,” Hatz told us. “Convertible? For me we already have so many good convertibles with the Boxster and 911. Is it something we really need? It’s something more for the luxury segment.”

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Article source: http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/porsche/89508/new-porsche-panamera-sport-turismo-breaks-cover-at-geneva-motor-show

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