The news has been out for quite some time now – Porsche is expanding the Panamera model line. The sporty Panamera will now be joined by a new body version, the Panamera Sport Turismo, initially in five different versions: Panamera 4, Panamera 4S, Panamera 4S Diesel, Panamera 4 E-Hybrid and Panamera Turbo. All, of course, having a 'Sport Turismo' added to their names.

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According to official Stuttgart, Panamera Sport Turismo is to be the most versatile vehicle in its class. Additionally to being a 4+1 seating concept with enough room for two passengers in the back – even three, if necessary –, the newcomer also comes with an increased luggage compartment volume (by 20 liters compared to the 'standard' Panamera). In standard versions it is available with 520-litre storage, while hybrid versions come with a 425-litre storage. To load the luggage, one can enjoy the benefits of electrically operated (as standard) doors with a loading edge height of just 628 millimetres. When the backseats are folded down (in a 40:20:40 split), the storage volume can be expanded to up to 1,390 litres.

Differentiating Panamera Sport Turismo from Panamera is mainly the shape behind the B-pillar, showcasing a completely unique rear design. Above the pronounced shoulder, the window line has been elongated, while the equally long roof drops steeply over D-pillar. At the top of the vehicle, the roof extends into an adaptive spoiler, which can change its angle, depending on the driving situation and selected vehicle settings, and generates an additional downforce of up to 50 kg on the rear axle.

As mentioned before, the new Porsche will be available with five engines that are already used in the sports saloon. The engines will develop total power output of between 330hp in 550hp. In Germany, the most affordable Panamera 4 Sport Turismo will retail at 97,557 euro, while the most expensive one – the Panamera Turbo Sport Turismo – will be available for 158,604 euro, incl. VAT.

March 3, 2017 Driving photo: Porsche

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