By Jason Siu Mar 01, 2017
Get excited wagon lovers, the Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo is heading to the U.S.
Unveiled ahead of its debut at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, the 2017 Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo will initially launch in Europe on October 7, 2017 before heading to other markets in early November. Five different versions of the Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo will be displayed in Geneva: Panamera 4, Panamera 4S, Panamera 4S Diesel, Panamera 4 E-Hybrid and Panamera Turbo.
Based on the existing sedan, the Sport Turismo measures 198.8 inches (5,049 mm) long, 76.3 inches (1,937 mm) wide and 56.2 (1,428 mm) inches tall, while riding on a 116.1-inch (2,950 mm) wheelbase.
And just because it’s a shooting brake doesn’t mean it has to be boring to drive. Porsche tweaked the aerodynamics for the Sport Turismo model by having the roof extend into an adaptive spoiler at the top of the vehicle. The angle of the roof spoiler is set in three stages depending on driving conditions and selected vehicle settings. For example, at a speed up to 105 mph (170 km/h), the aerodynamic guide element stays in its retracted position with an angle of minus seven degrees, helping reduce drag and optimizing fuel consumption. Go faster than 105 mph and the spoiler automatically moves to the performance position with an angle of plus one degree, increasing driving stability and lateral dynamics.
When switching to Sport and Sport Plus driving modes, the roof spoiler automatically moves to the performance position at speeds of 56 mph (90 km/h) and higher.
The Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo is the first Panamera model to feature three rear seats. The two outside seats are individual seats, so it results in a 2+1 configuration in the rear. Of course the model can be ordered in a four-seat configuration with two electronically adjustable individual seats.
Making for easier entry and exit at the rear, the raised roof line of the Sport Turismo ensures greater head clearance. The backrests of the three rear seats can be folded down together or individually in a 40:20:40 split to increase cargo room.
Check back for more details on the Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo when it makes its public debut in Geneva, where AutoGuide.com will be reporting live from the show floor.
“For Porsche, the Panamera Sport Turismo is a step forwards into a new segment, but retains all of those values and attributes that are characteristic of Porsche,” said Michael Mauer, director of style Porsche.