Porsche Refines the Panamera with "Sport Turismo" Hybrid Concept
September 26, 2012 5:29 PM
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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
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
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!"
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9/27/2012 1:47:43 AM
Porsche ruined their brand, image and reputation among us loyalists when they made an SUV. I thought it was moving away from their roots when they went front engine (although I loved my 924s) and literally tearing their roots out of the ground when they went all-wheel-drive, but the 959 proved itself to still be a Porsche at heart.
The Cayanne, Panamara, and basically any Porsche larger than the Boxster, doesn't deserve the Porsche nameplate. This is just Audi/VWG grossly tarnishing the Porsche image.
Seriously, have you seen what BMW has done to the Mini? How is it a Mini when it's larger in all directions and has a wheelbase 6" longer than my Focus ZX3!?
9/27/2012 9:51:21 AM
Believe me I disowned them for quite a number of years when the Cayenne appeared (and they are my fav brand by far) BUT without the Cayenne and Panamera, there would be no 911'a, Boxsters, or Caymens. I doubt they would've made it past 2008 without those sales. The purists may not like it but money runs a business not emotion. I have since reinstated Porsche as my fav car company. :)
PS - It was the Cayman that brought me back.
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