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Reviews Porsche has a winner with the Panamera Sport Turismo

16:45  07 september  2017
16:45  07 september  2017 Source:   wheels.ca

What You Learn Driving the Panamera Sport Turismo

  What You Learn Driving the Panamera Sport Turismo Porsche's first wagon is a dream come true.To suit these lofty Teutons of industry, Porsche built the first Panamera, a luxury sedan featuring an interior crammed with technology, and an exterior crammed with ugly. The GTS and Turbo models were exceedingly quick, which was good, because you wouldn't want to look at them for extended periods of time.

The Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo seems to be smaller than it is. (Jim Kenzie / For the Toronto Star). They don’t quote a time for those of us mere mortals who are limited to 110 volt systems. Suffice it to say that Porsche has a dead-nuts winner with the new Sport Turismo .

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DUNCAN, B.C.-There can be little doubt that a station wagon is the most intelligent and logical of body styles.

You take up the footprint; you might as well use up the air space.

Doesn’t an SUV do that? True.

But there’s no need to make the vehicle taller (hence, less safe) and heavier (hence, less fuel-efficient) than it needs to be.

Porsche, being of Teutonic (specifically, Austrian) origin, would, you would think, be nothing if not intelligent and logical. Never mind that the 911 has had its engine in the wrong place for 54 years — we all have our little peccadilloes.

What You Learn Driving the Panamera Sport Turismo

  What You Learn Driving the Panamera Sport Turismo Porsche's first wagon is a dream come true.To suit these lofty Teutons of industry, Porsche built the first Panamera, a luxury sedan featuring an interior crammed with technology, and an exterior crammed with ugly. The GTS and Turbo models were exceedingly quick, which was good, because you wouldn't want to look at them for extended periods of time.

The humble sport wagon has never seen much love in the US. Low, long practical cars with big engines capable of big speeds have never captivated the minds of many here, and so when Porsche announced the Panamera Sport Turismo at the New York Auto Show in 2017

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So, Porsche has finally come up with a station wagon. Needless to say, it would be marketing death to call it a station wagon; hence, the Panamera Sport Turismo. But if it looks like a duck, walks like a duck and quacks like a duck …

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It goes on sale this fall at your friendly local Porsche store, starting at $109,700 for the base, full-time, four-wheel drive version (no rear-drive Sport Turismo will be offered) and ranging up to $176,000 for the Turbo Sport Turismo.

Fortunately, the Sport Turismo neither looks, walks, nor quacks like a duck. It instantly becomes the most desirable Panamera body style.

The idea germinated in 2010, shortly after the first Panamera sedan debuted. By 2012, a concept was shown at the Paris Auto Show and was warmly received. A bit odd, then, that it took five years to reach production, but Porsche has been pretty busy with other things in the interim.

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You don’t have to have a particularly good taste to acknowledge that the Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo looks better than the normal Panamera . A Bold Design Makes This GAC Fantasy Car A Winner . Magical things happen when you let a car designer run wild.

The side has been intensely sculpted, resulting in the characteristic Porsche waistline and sense of lightness. An identifying feature of the new Panamera Turbo Sport Turismo and the new Panamera Turbo S E Hybrid Sport Turismo

To me, at least — an avowed wagon-o-phile — it looks better than the sedan. It takes the profile of the new-last-year second-gen Panamera and extends the roofline rearward, ending in a graceful tail, in place of the still-somewhat-pudgy-looking back end of its progenitor. All body panels ahead of the front doors are the same as in the sedan.

The new body style improves rear-seat headroom significantly and adds a chunk of cargo space, although you’d think the increase would be greater than the plus-50 litres Porsche claims.

But with the tailgate cut deep down to the bumper line, access to the hold is better than in most, um, ‘wagons’ (still feels odd to talk about a Porsche wagon).

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The rear cabin is configured in standard trim into three segments on Sport Turismo. I hesitate to call them three ‘seats,’ because the middle position falls strictly within the ‘beats walking home in the rain, but only just’ category. I expect most buyers will choose the optional two-rear-seat setup that is standard fitment in the sedan.

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Porsche have confirmed that the first series production of the new Panamera Sport Turismo has started at their plant in Leipzig in Germany with their first customer vehicles already passing through the As the winner of the J.D. Power Award, the plant is known for its outstanding production quality

With 542 hp and 567 lb-ft of torque, the Panamera Turbo Sport Turismo has more than enough grunt to move the cruiser in a hurry, despite its curb weight that Porsche says comes in at 4,486 pounds.

A clever adaptive roof spoiler adopts different positions, depending on speed, although I expect — I trust — few Canadians will experience it extending automatically to increase downforce above 170 km/h. It also extends whenever the sunroof is open, to counteract the lift caused by the open roof, and the consequent turbulence.

In all, the changes add some 30 kilograms of weight to the car, hardly enough to dull its performance.

Coincidentally with the launch of the Sport Turismo body style comes the new Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid sedan, the mightiest Panamera yet, which lists at an equally mighty $209,800 for the standard wheelbase model, $221,700 for the stretched “Executive” version.

This puts a total of 680 horsepower under your right foot, consisting of a 550-horse, twin-turbo V8 engine and a 136-horse electric motor. The numbers don’t quite add up because those peaks are delivered at different r.p.m. levels.

Given this is now the top of the Panamera range, it comes with just about everything in Porsche’s catalogue as standard equipment.

We had the chance to drive the Sport Turismo E-Hybrid, the Sport Turismo Turbo, and the Turbo E-Hybrid sedan on some surprisingly interesting roads on Vancouver Island. I say ‘surprisingly,’ because given how crowded the Island has become, you might think all the nice roads would be overcrowded, or over-policed. You just have to know where to look.

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The Bottom Line The Sport Turismo trim is the icing on Porsche ’s already delicious Panamera cake. My Sport Turismo tester’s standard air suspension has two sport settings that stiffen the ride and lower the car, making for some properly flat handling.

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Better still, we had all-too-few laps in the Turbo E-Hybrid sedan at the Vancouver Island Motorsport circuit near this south-central-island town, which we have described to you before. I say ‘all-too-few’ laps because there are never enough laps.

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First, the track time. This circuit is just 2.3-km long and very busy — you get little time to relax. Which makes the Panamera’s performance here even more impressive. It is a big car by anyone’s standards, yet it seems to shrink around you as you negotiate the tight turns.

Back in the real world of public roads, the new-last-year minor controls remain a complete mystery, Porsche having replaced proper knobs and buttons with ‘touch zones’ on an otherwise flat pane of plastic. There’s no possible way to manipulate anything by touch; you have to take your eyes off the road to do anything, and that’s never a good idea.

Once you figure out how you want everything set, off you go. The cars, in any configuration, again seem to be much smaller than they are. Steering is pinpoint accurate, and you can position the car anywhere you wish. Brakes are unconquerable. As with all current-generation Panameras I have driven, if you’re just tootling along in eighth gear and hammer on the loud pedal, it takes a nanosecond or two to respond. “Huh? You talkin’ to me?!?”

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I’ve been thinking about this, and I believe the Panamera Sport Turismo may be the low-key coolest Porsche you can buy right now. My tester was a Turbo, which is silly because all Porsches have turbos these days, but hey, marketing.

Which new Porsche is this? It’s the Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo . In basic terms, it’s Porsche ’s first production estate car. The Sport Turismo has a smidge more luggage room, though, and a fifth seat in the rear, which is new to the Panamera .

Once it does respond and the PDK gearbox downshifts to whichever ratio it thinks will best do your bidding, it’s ‘hold on’ or ‘HOLD ON!!’ depending on which engine you happen to be sitting behind.

It did seem like the hybrids took a shade longer to respond to a mashing of the throttle pedal, perhaps because it takes a bit of time to wake the electric motor up. That said, flat-out 0-100 km/h can come up in as little as 3.4 seconds in the V8 Hybrid.

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Porsche says you can get up to 50 km of range out of the electric motor alone. They’ve never lied to me before, not that I know of; still, that’s only if you take it really easy. Maybe you are commuting to the office on the 401, and you can’t go any faster than a crawl. But on the open road, you will use up those millivolts in a couple of milliseconds. I mean, what’s the point of having 680 horsepower if you are just going to pussyfoot along your favourite twisty two-lane blacktop?

If you can conspire to have a 240-volt charger installed at your home or place of business, you can recharge the system in a mere 2.4 hours. They don’t quote a time for those of us mere mortals who are limited to 110 volt systems.

Suffice it to say that Porsche has a dead-nuts winner with the new Sport Turismo. I have barely had space to scratch the surface of this car, but it should be a winner. A practical Porsche — what will they think of next? Choose your powertrain, and have at it.

As for the E-Hybrid, well, it’s there if you want it. Give me a proper engine every time.

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The side has been intensely sculpted, resulting in the characteristic Porsche waistline and sense of lightness. An identifying feature of the new Panamera Turbo Sport Turismo and the new Panamera Turbo S E Hybrid Sport Turismo

Porsche has always served up sporty and satisfying driving positions. They’re the sort of cars you feel excited in just sitting behind the wheel. The Panamera Sport Turismo is no exception, only this adds in a real spectacle of a tech-packed dashboard.

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Porsche Sport Turismo / E-Hybrid Sedan

BODY STYLE: Four doors, five/four passengers, front-engine, full-time four-wheel drive mid-size station wagon / sedan.

PRICE: Sport Turismo — $109,700 — $175,600; Turbo S E-Hybrid sedan — $209,800.

ENGINE: E-Hybrid Sport Turismo — 2.9-litre V6, double overhead camshafts, four valves per cylinder, variable valve timing and lift with cylinder shut-off, plus ‘permanently excited’ synchronous electric motor; Turbo Sport Turismo — 4.0 L V8, double overhead camshafts, four valves per cylinder, variable valve timing and lift with cylinder shut-off; Turbo S E-Hybrid sedan — 4.0 L V8, double overhead camshafts, four valves per cylinder, variable valve timing and lift with cylinder shut-off, plus ‘permanently excited’ synchronous electric motor.

POWER/TORQUE, horsepower / lb-ft: E-Hybrid Sport Turismo — 330 @ 5,250 — 6,500 r.p.m. plus electric motor 136 @ 2,800 r.p.m. / 331 @ 1,750- 5,000 r.p.m. plus electric motor 295 @ 100 — 2,300 r.p.m.; Turbo Sport Turismo — 550 @ 5,700 — 6,000 r.p.m. / 568 @ 1,960 — 4,500 r.p.m.; Turbo S E-Hybrid sedan: 550 @ 5,700 — 6,000 r.p.m. plus electric motor 136 @ 2,800 r.p.m./ 568 @ 1,960 — 4,500 r.p.m. plus electric motor 295 @ 100 — 2,300 r.p.m.

FUEL CONSUMPTION, Transport Canada City/Highway, l/100 km: TBA, premium unleaded fuel.

COMPETITION: Sport Turismo — hmm-mm; maybe Mercedes-Benz E-Class wagon? Turbo eHybrid — really, not much like it in the marketplace. Maybe for green exotic car freaks, the Lexus LC 500h hybrid at almost half the price?

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