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 2:44:06 PM
It's a reliability thing. Saying you won Le Mans with
insert technology here
used to mean that it was ready for prime time full production. If it didn't break at Le Mans, it's not going to break on your grocery run or commute. The problem is now, the average age of cars on the road is getting older and older, so it's just sheer years that's causing failures, rather than abuse, lack of maintenance, or bad designs. Almost all cars are reliable the first five to ten years on the road.
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