A saloon? A sports car? Let’s drop this subject. In the design alone, the new Panamera Sport Turismo has no concept of forbidden thought. Categories are not something it allows itself to fall into. Instead, it demonstrates courage. It does so with edge, with sporty vigour and the healthy self-awareness of a Porsche.Book Your Test Drive
Possible in one direction only: the future.
Delivering 404 kW (550 hp), the 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 engine with twin-scroll turbines, VarioCam Plus and adaptive cylinder control masters the balancing act between superlative sporty performance and comparatively low fuel consumption for the segment. The maximum torque of 770 Nm is achieved between 1,960 and 4,500 rpm. The sprint from 0 to 100 km/h is completed in only 3.8 seconds. Top speed: 304 km/h.
Let's start with the aspect of a Porsche that always attracts the most attention: the back. The rear end displays a wide physique and is clearly contoured, with all lines emphasising the horizontal orientation of the vehicle concept. The newly refined, higher roof line falls away to the rear, the large-size rear side windows narrow to a point. Nevertheless, passengers in the second row still have plenty of room to get in. A sports car: sharp, agile, contemporary.
Night Vision Assist provides the driver with information even beyond the range of the headlights. An infrared camera detects pedestrians, deer and other large wildlife before they are illuminated by the headlights. A thermal image in the instrument cluster warns the driver: the detected person or animal is highlighted in yellow – or in red and accompanied by an audible signal if within the critical range in front of the vehicle. In combination with PDLS Plus, the marker light function briefly flashes the headlight at the pedestrian on the kerbside or in the carriageway three times to alert the driver's attention.
ParkAssist including Surround View is fitted in all Panamera Sport Turismo models and audibly alerts the driver to the presence of obstacles detected to the front and rear of the vehicle. The audible alert is supplemented by a visual warning on the central display screen.
The reversing camera facilitates precise reverse parking and manoeuvring. Help is provided in the form of the camera image and the dynamic, superimposed guidelines on the PCM screen, which illustrate the predicted course of the vehicle given the current position of the steering wheel.
During low-speed manoeuvres, the system steers the rear wheels in the opposite direction to that of the front wheels. This has the virtual effect of shortening the wheelbase. The turning circle is reduced, agility is increased and parking becomes noticeably easier to manage.
During high-speed manoeuvres, the system steers the rear wheels in the same direction as that of the front wheels. This virtual extension of the wheelbase increases driving stability.
Rear-axle steering is available for all Panamera Sport Turismo models on request.
|Combined fuel cons.||9.5L/100km|
|0-100 km/h||3.8 Seconds|
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