Expected to hit the Porsche Centre Edmonton showroom this fall, the all-new 2018 Panamera Sport Turismo is Porsche’s first introduction to the world of wagons.
That’s right. Wagons.
Performance wise, the Turismo is still a Panamera at heart. Porsche’s new wagon offers four engine choices, including a 2.9-litre twin turbo V6 that puts out 440 hp. and a 550-hp twin-turbo V-8 that goes from zero to 60 in 3.4 seconds. And, like all their vehicles, Porsche has factored that power into the Sport Turismo’s actual design. All models will include an active rear spoiler that will create a 110 lbs. of downforce on the rear axle, making for a smoother drive at top speeds.
The 2018 Panamera Turismo will be offered in four combinations, including the 4, 4S, 4 E-Hybrid, and Panamera Turbo. In terms of overall size, the Turismo will be 198.8 inches long, 56.2 inches high and 76.3 inches wide. Porsche has also made sure to include a raised roof line for taller passengers. You know, as to avoid all the accidental noggin-knocks in and out of the vehicle.
In terms of overall appearance, the Turismo’s front bumper and B-pillars are carbon copies of the sedan Panamera. Where the Turismo differs is in the back. The rear doors have increased curvature to reflect a more streamlined design. There’s also seating for five with a 40/20/40 flat split-folding design and 1,390 liters of cargo space (which is about 90 more liters than the sedan).
The 2018 Panamera Sport Turismo
For Porsche, the decision to create a wagon makes sense. The Sport Turismo blends the gorgeous aesthetics of a Porche with the utility offered by a wagon. And with a large tailgate, low loading edge, and an increased luggage compartment, there’s no doubt the new Turismo brings an element to the Porsche lineup that’s never been seen before.
“For Porsche, the Panamera Sport Turismo is a step forward into a new segment, but retains all of those values and attributes that are characteristic of Porsche”, says Michael Mauer, Director of Style Porsche.
We’d have to agree.
The Panamera Sport Turismo starts at $109,700.