By on March 2, 2017

2017 Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo

If someone woke up today from 20-year coma, the two consumer trends they would have the most difficulty coming to terms with are just how skinny jeans have become and the fact that more than half the cars Porsche sells are SUVs. So, for those of us not emerging from two decades of slumber, the notion that the German automaker might someday produce a station wagon wasn’t entirely without plausibility.

Porsche showcased the Panamera Sport Turismo wagon concept at the Paris auto show in 2012, hinting that it might someday have a place in its lineup, but it wasn’t until last year that we heard anything further. Now its here and everyone is clamoring over how unexpected this is. If anything is unexpected, it’s that Porsche didn’t come out with a gorgeous five-door sooner. I’m willing to bet that this will be a you-got-your-peanut-butter-on-my-chocolate sort of situation — taking into account that some people aren’t all that fond of peanut butter. 

2017 Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo

Since it is a still a Panamera, its looks will remain polarizing for some while the new wagon aspect will either solve or exacerbate that problem. It all depends on your preference, though I’m sold on the appearance— it will be the styling that sells the car, as it doesn’t offer gobs of added practicality. While it does seat five, the Sport Turismo only yields an extra 1.8 cubic feet of potential cargo space from a standard Panamera. Still, that car was already more livable than a lot of the competition and there really isn’t much to compare the Turismo to the U.S. market. The Mercedes-AMG E63 S Wagon is forthcoming but will only come in one crazy flavor, leaving you with the E400.

With the exception of its hindquarters, Porsche’s wagon shares the vast majority of its parts with the rest of the Panamera family. It’s wheelbase is identical to the fastback and it is neither taller nor longer. Engine options for North America include the 330 horsepower 3.0-liter turbo V6 and 550 hp 4.8-liter twin-turbo V8 (apologies to the 10 Porsche diesel fans living in the United States). The E-Hybrid powerplant should also be available. All-wheel drive will be standard on the wagon.

2017 Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo

The only other thing that sets the Sport Turismo apart is its distinctive roof spoiler. Depending on the vehicle’s speed and drive mode, it will trim itself to minimize drag or raise to add downforce. It also has a third setting designed specifically to minimize wind noise when the panoramic sunroof is open.

Porsche’s Panamera Sport Turismo will be showcased at the Geneva Motor Show next week and goes on sale in the fall. The entry-level 4 Sport Turismo starts at $97,250, rising to $155,050 for the V8 Turbo model. As for the other trims slotted in-between — expect to tack on an extra $8,000 from an equivalent Panamera sedan.

2017 Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo

[Images: Porsche]

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29 Comments on “Almost Sensible: Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo Wagon is Coming to America...”


  • avatar
    PrincipalDan

    That’s no wagon!

    IT’S A TRAP (hatcback)!

    • 0 avatar
      Kyree S. Williams

      It’s a wagon…for the most part. The only reason you’d say it’s not a wagon is because it already looks so similar to the standard Panamera, which is a liftback and offers plenty of utility in its own right, as well as a long roof-line.

      To elaborate, if you take the basic template of a particular model to be a sedan, then:

      – The liftback version is about the same length as the sedan, but has a roofline that slopes more gradually, and that’s integrated into a rear lift-gate. A liftback is almost always long enough to warrant rear-quarter-panel windows (like the wagon), whether or not the sedan version has them.

      – The hatchback version has the same wheelbase as the sedan, but has an abbreviated length overall. The rear cargohold area is significantly shorter. A three-door hatchback might be shorter than a five-door hatchback, or it might be the same length (for example, both the three and five-door Mk.7 Golf are the same length). The hatcback may or may not have a squared-off roofline. In some instances, the hatchback is literally the sedan with the trunk cut off. In fact, the original Jetta was a Golf with a trunk attached to the back, and through the Mk.3, the Golf and Jetta continued to be about that close to one another in their construction.

      – The wagon version has the same wheelbase and length as the sedan, but a more-squared-off D-pillar than a liftback.

      Of course, the big caveat here is that some variants may have more or less front overhang than others, depending on bumper shape. But in general, they hold closely to these guidelines.

      Now some cars really blur the line between hatchback and wagon. The Matrix and Vibe were two examples of that, since they were about six inches shorter in the rear than the Corolla that they were based upon. The Caliber kind of did because even though it was the same length as a compact sedan with shorter overhangs of that era, the actual shape of the rear greenhouse was weird and it did not stylistically look like a wagon. And so it is, too with the Panamera.

      But I’d definitely say it’s more wagon than not. If not for the fact that the standard Panamera is a liftback, not a sedan, there wouldn’t be any dispute; the distinction would be clear. It’s only because the wagon doesn’t give you many advantages to the liftback standard Panamera that it’s less wagon-like. You kind of have to take into consideration that the boxy, square, truly utility-oriented wagons of yesteryear are gone. Even Volvo’s new wagons wear considerably sleeker digs than the iconically boxy ones they used to sell.

  • avatar

    The good thing about the ‘normal’ Panamera is that it looks like a highly practical and comfortable four-door (five-door actually) 911. The Panamera sports estate looks like it could have come from Audi, with a Porsche nose pasted on it.

  • avatar
    prisoners

    Honestly if I had the means I’d buy it. Ideal garage would include this next to a Cayman S. (..checks bank account..)

    Guess the ’03 Acura and the wife’s ’15 Cherokee will have to suffice.

  • avatar
    Corey Lewis

    The increase in space is very disappointing. Doubly so considering the price difference, but I know that doesn’t matter in this class.

    The interior is a beautiful 1996 Jaguar XJ6 Vanden Plas replication.

  • avatar
    Master Baiter

    Too bad you won’t be able to see past Ma and Pa Kettle in their CR-V.
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  • avatar
    seth1065

    I love Porsche and love wagons I lust after a MB e class diesel wagon and have purchased a wagon brand new ( I know no one buys new) VW TDI wagon but this just leaves me as unimpressed, Audi has made some great looking wagons perhaps Porsche should have called their cousins for some help with this one.

  • avatar
    orenwolf

    I like it, actually. Especially compared to the fastback.

  • avatar
    stuki

    I do have a bit of a soft spot for Panameras, but this is in no way a “Wagon,” The 1st gen was more “wagon” than the current regular one, which had it’s hump flattened a bit. And now, this one overcompensates a little bit towards the other end. But all just a little bit. The 1st gen was also a Porsche all the way down. Not just one of many expressions of the “VW luxury car platform.”

    The Macan is proof that Porsche is objectively perhaps just as good tuning other VW platforms, as they are at starting from scratch with their own. But at the prices they’re asking, there is something to be said for getting a slightly “purer” vision for your soon-to-be Deutsche Marks. Not just a darned good, fast VW.

    On that note, what happened to the Rapide wagon?

    • 0 avatar
      Kyree S. Williams

      Actually, this is a Porsche through-and-through as well. It is on a VW Group platform, but it’s on the MSB platform, which is Volkswagen Group’s new traditional RWD-longitude architecture…and the Porsche division led the development of MSB. By contrast, MLB (longitude-FWD, which underpins most Audi models) was led by Audi, and MQB (transverse-FWD, pretty much everything Golf-based) was led by the Volkswagen division.

      Under VW’s new arrangement, the VW divisions will be grouped under four separate holding companies. One of those groups is Porsche-Bentley-Bugatti. So call this a Porsche / Bentley platform, and we knew as early as 2010 that Bentley and Porsche would collaborate further in the future. And joining the Panamera on this new MSB platform will be the redesigned Bentley Continental GT and Flying Spur, due for MY2019, I think. The old ones are on what was the equivalent of the MLB platform, so while they are longitude-engined, they are FWD-based and have their engines pushed way ahead of the front axle, creating some mildly unflattering proportions versus MSB with its traditionally-placed engine and transmission. Maybe, since Bentley already has the upright Mulsanne, they could take the opportunity to utilize this MSB architecture and make the Flying Spur look less like a sawn-off Mulsanne and more of a liftback / four-door coupe, like the Panamera.

      • 0 avatar
        stuki

        Thanks for that information.

        My “favorite” Audi salesguy told me the A8 would be built on the same platform as the Panamera now, so that “unless you want to go faster than 155mph” the only real difference would be the design, badge and cost.

        I still kind of like the idea of a Rapide wagon, though :)

  • avatar
    probert

    Needs more Vista Cruiser.

  • avatar
    RobbieAZ

    I’d have to say that it’s the coolest looking wagon I’ve seen. But if I could afford this, especially the V8 version, I certainly wouldn’t be looking at wagons.

  • avatar
    threeer

    With the rear seats down, I could *just* about haul my little Corgi around. Not that my tax bracket status allows me any such thought…

  • avatar
    OldManPants

    Hiding in the interstate ditch with my boxful of bocce balls, waiting for one of these…

  • avatar
    Sigivald

    I feel better and better about my Volvo…

  • avatar
    energetik9

    Having driven a previous Panamera and having had the opportunity to be a passenger during some track time, I have always loved this car. I must admit I like this version even more than I thought I would and that coming from a guy that has little interest in wagons.

    Judging this car on practicality is like judging a Ferrari on gas mileage. Buyers of both don’t care about either.

  • avatar
    dukeisduke

    SUV ALL THE CARS!

  • avatar
    Ermel

    Never liked the looks of the Panamera. But this is okay, even bordering on nice-looking, in my opinion. Quite an achievement for a more-than-two-door Porsche. A real wagon wouldn’t have been fitting anyway.

  • avatar
    brawnychicken333

    I love it-as impractical a wagon as it may be. You aren’t buying a Porsche wagon in any flavor for practicality. You’ve got people to carry big stuff-this is for ski trips and Nordstroms.

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    97K to start, and it doesn’t include a roof rack?!

  • avatar
    Lorenzo

    …so if I take another 20 year nap, Porsche will be selling a luxury/performance pickup, a military-style luxury/performance all-terrain vehicle, a luxury/performance motorhome, and a luxury/performance minivan? How many times do I have to hit the snooze button for an ocean-going luxury/performance yacht?

  • avatar
    05lgt

    Paint. Mine. White.

  • avatar
    Lou_BC

    What next? A pickup?

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