2018 Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo Test Drive Reviews
This is the third body style in the Panamera family that follows the standard sedan and Executive wheelbase long distance variant. It can carry more goods than the standard Panamera, and it could also fit five passengers – the first for Porsche luxury cars.
2018 Porsche Panamera
2018 Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo First Drive
You’ll want to call it a wagon, and that’s good, but try not to do it around the Porsche rep. Doing so is likely to be banned with a confused look, followed by a hard correction. (This is Sport Turismo, and that’s it!) It is said that the difference between the standard Panamera and Sport Turismo is smooth. Casual observers may not even notice the difference between the two, and that’s because everything in front of the C pillar is pretty identical. Similar dimensions, with overall length and width of 198.8 and 76.3 inches respectively. But looking closely at the back reveals a more prominent lap, a longer roofline, and a hatch that cuts lower into the bumper (which also increases access to the cargo area). Sport Turismo runs with a fine line between unique and handsome, and to this eye, this is the best panamera in its ranks.
Four models come to the US, and all are based on the usual 116.1-inch wheelbase along with the Panamera 4 Sport Turismo standard all-wheel drive, Panamera 4S Sport Turismo, Panamera 4 E-Hybrid Sport Turismo and Panamera Turbo Sport Turismo.
No wonder, Sport Turismo is driving like a regular Panamera. We sampled two versions starting with the Turbo model powered by a 4.0-liter engine, twin-turbo V-8 and eight-speed dual-clutch auto PDKs used throughout the lineup. With a torque of 542 hp and 567 lb-ft of torque, the Panamera Turbo Sport Turismo has more than enough grunt to move the cruiser in haste, though the weight down from Porsche reaches 4,486 pounds. Power delivery is good, with a little song, especially with the drive mode set to Sport or Sport Plus. It is estimated that the 0-60 mph time of 3.6 seconds (with optional Chrono Sports Package) sounds true, and the top speed is limited to 188 mph.
We also drive a Panamera 4 E-Hybrid Sport Turismo that combines 2.9-liter, twin-turbo V-6 (326 hp and 331 lb-ft) with an electric motor (134 hp and 295 lb-ft) between Machines and gearbox PDK eight acceleration. Porsche says the total system output is 456 hp and 516 lb-ft, with maximum torque available at 1,000 rpm low. The various plug-in hybrid drive modes include an all-electric E-Power setting that provides a range of up to 32 miles at a top speed of 86 mph. Hybrid Auto, Sport, and Sport Plus use a combination of gas engine and electric motor, with an estimated 0-60 mph in 4.4 seconds. The transition between the engine and electric motor is smooth, with the V-6 emitting a very sporty tone. One bite will be a brake tilting at low speed, although this is something that is mostly hybrid endemic.
Apart from the base of Panamera 4, all Sport Turismos come standard with air suspension. Active PASM dampers, however, are standard across the board. Both vehicles made their way through beautiful streets and highways through Vancouver Island Canada, British Columbia, maintaining road noise and toughness despite riding with large and low 21 inch wheels. Local speed limits there put us below 60 mph for most drives, but we believe Sport Turismo will impress us once we manage to get one and explore the limits of its more extreme handling.
As stated earlier, a quiet and luxurious interior can now be enjoyed by five passengers, thanks to what Porsche calls the 4 + 1 layout, the first for Panamera (a set of four passengers still available). The middle rear seat, however, should only be reserved for smaller passengers and shorter trips. Also adding to Sport Turismo’s practical confidence is an increase in cargo space by 18.3 cubic feet (15.0 cubic feet for hybrids), which is 0.7 cubic feet more than ordinary sedans.
2018 Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo
Sport Turismo premium prices compared to normal Panamera prices range from $ 4,000 to $ 6,000. The Panamera 4 E-Hybrid Sport Turismo we drive, for example, starts at $ 105,050, which costs $ 4,400 more than the sedan version, and Turbo Sport Turismo ($ 155,050) issues a premium price of $ 4,000. It’s still a relatively small price to pay for the most practical and best Panamera members.