Porsche Sport Turismo: E-stately does it

No less than five years in the making, this Sport Turismo is the prettiest production Panamera ever and the only practical Porsche you should buy…
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March 11, 2017
A 3.0-litre turbo V6, 2.9-litre twin-turbo V6, hybrid with a 2.9-litre engine and a 136bhp electric motor and a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 will be available
A 3.0-litre turbo V6, 2.9-litre twin-turbo V6, hybrid with a 2.9-litre engine and a 136bhp electric motor and a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 will be available(1/3)
It should be easier to live with a larger tailgate and seating for five passengers
It should be easier to live with a larger tailgate and seating for five passengers(2/3)
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Less than six months after the all-new second-generation Panamera was launched, Porsche got mighty busy expanding the line-up to cover every possible niche they could think of, much like the 20-strong 911 portfolio.

Now that Porsche has added the gorgeous Sport Turismo model to the Panamera range, your options have grown to no less than 16 Panameras to choose from. It’s the shooting brake we’ve been eagerly waiting for since the concept first shown at the 2012 Paris motor show, or if you prefer you could just call it an estate, a station wagon, or as the Germans would, a karavan…

Starting from Dh423,400 when the Sport Turismo arrives on our shores early next year (order books are already open), the car will come in four different all-wheel drive flavours including the Panamera 4, Panamera 4S, Panamera 4 E-Hybrid, and the Panamera Turbo, meaning you can have up to 550bhp. With all the seats down and the cargo area maximised this thing can haul 1,390 litres.

Based directly on the saloon, the estate car shares identical exterior dimensions and wheelbase length of 2,950mm, but from the B-pillars back, the Sport Turismo is a unique design with more pronounced rear haunches, longer window line, and a longer roof contour, which lends it a striking profile.

Otherwise everything you get on the Panamera you can get on the Panamera Sport Turismo, including chassis tricks such as the rear-axle steering system and electronic roll stabilisation.

Apart from that the Sport Turismo gets a rethought rear passenger compartment, which features seating for three passengers, although you can ditch the token fifth seat and optionally spec just a pair of electrically adjustable individual seats in the back.

Being an estate and all, the Sport Turismo makes handling luggage easier with a wider tailgate opening and lower loading height than the saloon. If you do the unlikely and actually use the rear of this thing you can spec stuff like luggage compartment floor rails and partition nets.

The Dh423,400 we mentioned gets you a 330bhp Panamera 4 Sport Turismo, with pricing climbing to Dh472,900 for the 462bhp hybrid model, a neat Dh500k for the 440bhp Panamera 4S example and Dh699,600 for the flagship 550bhp Panamera Turbo Sport Turismo.