Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo launched in Malaysia

There’s a new Panamera in town and it’s like the other Panamera but different. The Panamera Sport Tourismo has a shooting brake body with a higher roofline and a more elongated rear end, making it more practical than the Panamera yet still offering the same sports car performance characteristic of Porsches.

The transformation from Panamera sports saloon to Panamera Sport Turismo begins at the B-pillar. Everything in front of that is exactly the same. The Sport Turismo’s less steep roofline, larger tailgate, lower loading edge and bigger boot make it even more family friendly, as does the 4+1 seating provided by default.

Three variants are offered: the Panamera 4 Sport Turismo, Panamera 4 E-Hybrid Sport Turismo and the Panamera Turbo Sport Turismo, all with eight-speed PDK transmission as standard

The Panamera 4 has a three-litre V6 turbo that produces 330bhp and 450Nm of torque. 0-100km/h takes 5.3 seconds, the top speed is 259km/h.

The speedier E-Hybrid, powered by a 2.9-litre V6 bi-turbo boosted by an electric motor, goes from 0-100km/h 0.7 seconds faster at 4.6 seconds. The combined output from the E-Hybrid is 462bhp and 700Nm. It has an electric range of up to 51km. Sport Chrono Package with hybrid specific mode switch is available as is the Sports Exhaust System, to ensure the throaty rumble associated with powerful sports cars.

The fastest and most powerful is the Turbo. With a four-litre V8 bi-turbo and an output of 550bhp and 770Nm of torque, it takes 3.6 seconds to hit the 100km/h mark to a top speed of 304km/h.

The same technology offered in the Panamera is also in the Sport Turismo: digital Porsche Advanced Cockpit, chassis systems like rear axle steering, Porsche Dynmaic Chassis Control, electronic roll stabilisation; with the addition of Porsche Traction Management System (PTM) – electronically controlled active all-wheel drive – as standard.

In addition, the Sport Turismo has an adaptive spoiler built into the roof which deploys in three stages, depending on speed, to generate an additional 50kg of downforce on the rear axle, reduce drag, and optimise fuel consumption.

The Sport Turismo has a 520-litre cargo area, measured to the shoulder of the rear seats, compared to the sports saloon’s 500. This is expandable to 1390-litres with a flat floor, when all three rear seats, which can be split in a 40:20:40 configuration, are folded down. The Panamera 4 E-Hybrid Sport Turismo’s 425-litre boot grows to 1295 litres.

A “luggage compartment management system” can be specified to keep things secured. These can include two rails integrated in the loading floor, four lashing points and a luggage compartment partition net. An 230-volt electrical socket can also installed in the luggage compartment.

The price for the new Panamera 4 Sport Turismo starts from RM990,000, Panamera 4 E-Hybrid Sport Turismo from RM1, 125,000, and Panamera Turbo Sport Turismo from RM 1,940,000. The price includes four-year warranty and free maintenance package which includes complimentary service, parts and labour. Porsche 360 Financing is available.