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 9:30:20 PM
Put simply, the world is not upside down. Porche is taking a technology, which has been proven as a benefit and is adapting it to it's cars, which will be the same as any other car manufacturer, including "purist" manufacturers.
You have clearly accepted that Porche are not a "purist" sports car manufacturer anymore, so why is it such an "upside down" idea to suggest they might use hybrid technology?
F1 & Le Mans are examples that demonstrate the success (or grown pair) of hybrid technology. It would be foolish for any car company to ignore hybrid technology as a gimmick, even "Purist" car manufacturers. I'm sure Ferrari will pop out a hybrid or electric car eventually. It will be the future...deal with it.
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