First look: Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo

Exclusive: We take our first close look at Porsche’s stunning new shooting brake

TG WEB Porsche Panamera ST 27

As you might have guessed from our recent Instagram posts, the folks at Sime Darby Auto Performance (SDAP) had us over at the Porsche Centre Sungai Besi recently just before the Macan Sport Design launch to give us our first look at the new Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo.

We’ve spent some time inspecting it up close with SDAP giving us a detailed tour around it too, and here’s what you ought to know about Stuttgart’s sleek, fast and very functional offering yet that isn’t an SUV…

Shooting Brake, not wagon
The folks at Porsche frown at anyone calling Panamera Sport Turismo a ‘wagon’ or ‘estate’. Instead, they prefer the more correct ‘shooting brake’ term.

If you didn’t know, ‘wagon’ and ‘estate’ terms are used to define sedans that have its roofline stretch rearwards. ‘Shooting Brake’, on the other hand, was coined to define coupes that had their rooflines stretched instead.

Given that the Panamera was a four-door coupe design to begin with, you could say that the Sport Turismo properly embodies the Shooting Brake essence, and the end result is both sleek and stunning.

TG WEB Porsche Panamera ST 4

Fast, stylish and functional
With the stretched roofline, the Panamera Sport Turismo offers a lot more space on board compared to the regular Panamera grand tourer. In this form, it easily seats five (well, almost) instead of four, not to mention a Macan-like boot space of 425 litres or 1,295 litres with the rear seats folded.

There’s even a powered tailgate to help load things in and out of the rear easier, making this one of the most practical Porsches yet. However, don’t for a second dismiss the Panamera Sport Turismo as a soccer mom’s top choice, especially in Panamera Turbo Sport Turismo form as featured.

In typical Porsche fashion, the Panamera Sport Turismo promises to be both fast and capable as how most Porsches are. In this Turbo variant’s case, that promise is delivered by a powerful heart plus bevy of intelligent performance electronics primed on board.

Leading the bill here is a 4.0-litre bi-turbo V8 heart that makes 550hp and a gravity-defying 770Nm of torque. All that’s managed by Porsche’s signature 8-speed PDK dual-clutch box to all four wheels, granting a speedy 0–100kph sprint time of 3.6 seconds – quicker than a 911 GT3! – before hitting its 304kph top speed.

TG WEB Porsche Panamera ST 20

Controllable power
These are respectable figures considering that Panamera Turbo Sport Turismo has considerable two-tonne plus bulk. Of course, like any other Porsche, this Shooting Brake is endowed with all right electronic wizardries and hardware that ensures unrivalled agility and control.

Highlights include massive brakes with six-pot callipers up front, rear axle steering, followed by the presence of things like PASM (active suspension), PDCC Sport (dynamic chassis control) with integrated Porsche 4D Chassis Control System, as well as PVT Plus (torque vectoring) amongst others.

TG WEB Porsche Panamera ST 17

Want one? Well…
Sadly, this is a still a big ‘maybe’. SDAP say that plans are in motion to have the Panamera Sport Turismo officially introduced for the Malaysian market in 2018 provided that initial reception for the model is substantial.

IF that happens, SDAP plans to offer the Panamera Sport Turismo in three flavours. Besides the Turbo featured here, an entry-level Panamera 4 Sport Turismo plus an electrified Panamera 4 E-Hybrid will be present, all at still undisclosed prices for now.

In the meantime, you can still ogle over this sleek yet fast and functional shooting brake in the extensive gallery we’ve prepared below.

TG WEB Porsche Panamera ST 9

Thoriq Azmi
Author: Thoriq Azmi
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