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Porsche gives the Panamera a much needed butt-lift courtesy of the Panamera Sport Turismo

Porsche's Panamera may get a lot of flak for being a bit "troubled" in the styling department (specifically, it's rear-end), but that hasn't stopped the vehicle from becoming German sports/luxury brand's best-selling model.
Since the Panamera is a sales and financial success, Porsche is looking to refine the design a bit more with the Panamera Sport Turismo. The Panamera Sport Turismo fixes the ass-end of the original by turning it into a full "shooting brake" or “wagon” for U.S. folks. The fresh styling makes the Panamera Sport Turismo look like a badass grocery getter that would take on the likes of the Mercedes-Benz CLS Shooting Brake.

Naturally, being a concept car, the Panamera Sport Turismo features an advanced powertrain with an eye on fuel efficiency. It uses a more powerful variant of the hybrid system already found in the current Panamera S Hybrid and the Cayenne S Hybrid. It features a supercharged V6 engine that generates 333hp that is paired with a 95hp electric motor -- total system output is listed at 416hp.

Even with 416hp on tap, don't expect the Panamera Sport Turismo to be chasing down 911s any time soon -- Porsche lists the 0-60 time of the vehicle as "sub 6 seconds". The vehicle can travel up to 18 miles on battery power alone and can hit 80 mph in pure electric mode.

Porsche says that the Panamera Sport Turismo is just a concept at this point, but all we can say is: "BUILD IT!"

Source: Autoblog

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RE: Meah
By danjw1 on 9/26/2012 6:41:25 PM , Rating: 2
Hybrids were first developed for racing cars, then the rules were changed to not allow them. Telsa Motors' Model S Performance EV can do 0 to 60 in ~4s. I don't remember the exact number off the top of my head. So why the hate for new technology? Why are you on a technology website?

RE: Meah
By Reclaimer77 on 9/26/12, Rating: -1
RE: Meah
By Spuke on 9/26/2012 8:10:30 PM , Rating: 4
Hybrids were first developed for racing cars, then the rules were changed to not allow them.

Telsa Motors' Model S Performance EV can do 0 to 60 in ~4s.
Model S isn't a hybrid.

RE: Meah
By Iaiken on 9/27/2012 1:26:03 PM , Rating: 2
Hybrids were first developed for racing cars, then the rules were changed to not allow them.


Not first, but KERS derived from hybrid electric power plants were used in F1 for a season and were ruled to give teams that could afford them an unfair advantage. Williams has even set up a company (Williams Hybrid Power) to sell it to racers in other series. The Williams version is tuned in to the traction control system and puts out the maximum amount of additional power that traction allows. The Audi R18 e-tron's (TDI hybrid) have been dominating the World Endurance Championship with this technology.

RE: Meah
By Spuke on 9/27/2012 2:04:19 PM , Rating: 2
KERS has been back in use in F1 for two years now. It was only out one year. Still, KERS is not the first hybrid system and hybrid engines were not developed for racing. Hybrid tech in racing came LONG after it's use in street cars. My answer still stands at NO.

RE: Meah
By Reclaimer77 on 9/27/2012 5:28:05 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah F1 is just garbage that way. They routinely legalize technologies that they KNOW give some teams and unfair advantage.

If only we could combine the kick ass performance of F1, with the fairness and uniformity of rules like Nascar.

But you didn't disprove Spuke and I. He clearly said Hybrid technology was "first developed" for racing. This is mine boggling false.

RE: Meah
By Iaiken on 9/28/2012 10:15:03 PM , Rating: 2
Nowhere did I try to say that it was developed first for racing, only that it is being used in racing to devastating effect because it focuses on recouping power that would otherwise be lost and making it available later.

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