It's been a year since Porsche Philippines introduced the Panamera into the country. Now, the company has followed that up with its wagon counterpart, the Panamera Sport Turismo. The practical Porsche aims to blend GT car qualities, along with the ability to seat four in comfort, along with their luggage.
Locally, there will be two variants available. It starts with the Panamera 4 Sport Turismo and tops out with the much more potent Panamera Turbo Sport Turismo. In essence, the Sport Turismo is largely the same as the five-door liftback. But the brand has given the station wagon concept their own unique and sporting twist.
There are key visual cues differentiating the Panamera 4 and Panamera Turbo. The Panamera 4 rides on 20-inch alloy wheels while the Turbo gets upgraded to 21-inch rims. Bumpers are also different with the Turbo getting larger front air intakes whereas the Panamera 4 makes do with a more rounded bumper with smaller openings.
The rear section, in some ways, follows some of the 911's lines with its rounded off tailgate an bumpers. Also, there's the now signature slim LED lights, connected together by a trim piece with the name Porsche embossed at the center. There's also a neat little pop-up spoiler in the tailgate, just like the Panamera liftback. Pop the tailgate and you're greeted by a large cargo area, which is rated at 520 liters, according to the spec sheet. Fold the rear seats and the volume is rated at 1,390 liters.
As for the rest of the interior, it is largely similar to the liftback model meaning it has the 'glass cockpit' instrument panel which is then complemented by a wide infotainment screen. Body-hugging seats are standard in both variants, while the Turbo gets more interior goodies and more leather trimmings. More significantly, Sport Turismos can be specified with the brand's 4+1 design concept which adds a center seat at the back.
Powering the Panamera 4 Sport Turismo is a 3.0-liter, turbocharged V6 producing 330 PS and 450 Nm of torque. For even more power, the Panamera Turbo Sport Turismo makes a potent 550 PS and an impressive 770 Nm of torque from its 4.0-liter, twin-turbocharged V8 engine. Both these variants are all-wheel drive and shift via a dual-clutch transmission.
Prices for the Panamera Sport Turismo are upon application.