New body version of the Porsche Panamera
MISSISSAUGA, ON, March 1, 2017 /CNW/ - Porsche is expanding the Panamera family with the addition of a new body version: The Panamera Sport Turismo is celebrating its world premiere at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, where four different versions will be on display: Panamera 4, Panamera 4S, Panamera 4 E-Hybrid, and Panamera Turbo. Based on the successful sports sedan, the new version once again makes a profound statement in the luxury segment with its unmistakeable design. At the same time, the Sport Turismo, with up to 550 hp, is more versatile than any other model in its class. With a large tailgate, low loading edge, increased luggage compartment volume and a 4+1 seating concept, the new model offers the perfect combination of everyday usability and maximum flexibility. "For Porsche, the Panamera Sport Turismo is a step forwards into a new segment, but retains all of those values and attributes that are characteristic of Porsche," says Michael Mauer, Director of Style, Porsche.
From a technological and design perspective, the Sport Turismo uses all the innovations introduced with the brand new Panamera model line launched only last year. These include the digital Porsche Advanced Cockpit, pioneering assistance systems such as adaptive cruise control with Traffic Jam Assist, chassis systems such as rear axle steering, the Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC Sport) electronic roll stabilization system and powerful powertrains. In addition, all Panamera Sport Turismo vehicles are equipped with Porsche Traction Management (PTM) – an active all-wheel drive system with electronically controlled multi-plate clutch – as standard. In addition, adaptive air suspension with three-chamber technology is also supplied as standard on all Sport Turismo model variants.
The design and concept of an all-round sportscar
Just like the coupé-style Panamera sports sedan, the Sport Turismo is characterized by its very dynamic proportions – a perfect reflection of the Porsche design DNA. The vehicle is 5,049 mm long, 1,428 mm high and 1,937 mm wide, while the wheelbase spans 2,950 mm. The silhouette is further characterized by short body overhangs and wheels measuring up to 21 inches. Beginning from the B-pillars, that is, from the start of the rear doors, the Sport Turismo features a completely unique rear design.
First adaptively extendible roof spoiler in the segment
At the top of the vehicle, the roof extends into an adaptive spoiler. The angle of the spoiler is set in three stages depending on the driving situation and selected vehicle settings, and generates additional downforce of up to 110 lbs on the rear axle. Up to a speed of 170 km/h, the aerodynamic guide element – a central system component of the Porsche Active Aerodynamics (PAA) – stays in its retracted position with an angle of minus seven degrees, thereby reducing drag and optimizing fuel efficiency.
Above 170 km/h, the roof spoiler automatically moves to the performance position with an angle of plus one degree, thereby increasing driving stability and lateral dynamics. When in the Sport and Sport Plus driving modes, the roof spoiler automatically moves to the performance position at speeds of 90 km/h upwards. PAA also provides active assistance by adapting the roof spoiler angle of inclination to plus 26 degrees when the panoramic sliding roof is open at a speed of 90 km/h or above. In this case, the spoiler helps to minimize wind noise.
Three seats in redesigned rear
The new Sport Turismo is the first Panamera to feature three rear seats. The two outside seats take the form of individual seats – thereby producing a 2+1 configuration at the rear. The Panamera Sport Turismo is also available in a four-seat configuration option with two electrically adjustable individual rear seats.
The raised roof line of the Sport Turismo allows for easier entry and exit at the rear of the vehicle and ensures even greater head clearance. The usability of the luggage compartment benefits from the wide opening electrically operated tailgate, and a loading edge height of just 628 mm. Measured to the upper edge of the rear seats, the up to 520-litre storage capacity of the Sport Turismo (Panamera 4 E-Hybrid Sport Turismo: 425 litres) betters that of the sports sedan by 20 litres. When loaded up to roof level and with the rear seats folded down, the gains amount to around 50 litres. The backrests of the three rear seats can be folded down together or individually (in a 40:20:40 split) and are unlocked electrically from the luggage compartment. With all of the backrests folded down, the loading floor is virtually flat and storage volume expands to up to 1,390 litres (Panamera 4 E-Hybrid Sport Turismo: 1,295 litres).
A luggage compartment management system is available on request for the Panamera Sport Turismo. Among other things, this variable system for secure transport includes two rails integrated in the loading floor, four latching points and a luggage compartment partition net.
Four engines at market launch
The Panamera Sport Turismo is available to order now and set to arrive in Canada in the fourth quarter of 2017. The new Porsche will be available with four engines that are already used in the sports sedan. Prices start at $109,700 for the Panamera 4 Sport Turismo (330 hp), $118,600 for the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid Sport Turismo (462 hp system power), $124,500 for the Panamera 4S Sport Turismo (440 hp), and $175,600 for the Panamera Turbo Sport Turismo (550 hp).
Porsche Cars Canada, Ltd., an independent subsidiary of Porsche AG, imports and distributes Porsche vehicles in Canada. The company employs a team of 38 in sales, aftersales, finance, marketing, and public relations. In 2016, Porsche sold an unprecedented 7,061 units in Canada, up 10% over the prior year.