Talk about the Porsche Panamera and you'll run into an argument! Ever since the Stuttgart carmaker came out with their four-door family friendly sedan, the Panamera has polarized opinions. Is it a big boy's toy? Is it a cop out by Porsche to keep their market share after a single man (most Porsche owners are men) becomes a family man? Then of course you have the car itself which is part Porsche (the front) and you have the boring utility part (the rear).
The thing is, Porsche are doing just fine with the debate surrounding the car. If you've ever taken one for a spin, you'd know the handling is only slightly off the two-door super cars. And you get some top notch safety features with all that extra real estate. It's become a bit more executive wagon rather than just a chance for daddy to keep his Porsche after the kids arrive! Now though, officlal importer and distributor Sime Darby Auto Performance (SDAP) are giving us a few more versions to consider.
The Panamera 4 Sport Turismo, Panamera 4 E-Hybrid Sport Turismo and the Panamera Turbo Sport Turismo have been arriving here in Malaysia for a few months now. Based on the successful Panamera sports saloon, the Sport Turismo once again makes a profound statement in the luxury segment with its unmistakeable design. With a large tailgate, low loading edge, increased luggage compartment volume and a 4+1 seating concept, the new Panamera model offers the perfect combination of everyday usability and maximum flexibility.
“From a technological and design perspective, the Sport Turismo utilises the innovations introduced in the new Panamera model line. The Panamera Sport Turismo is a step forward into a new segment, but retains all values and attributes that are characteristics of Porsche”, said Arnt Bayer, Chief Executive Officer of Sime Darby Auto Performance.
“For Porsche, the Panamera Sport Turismo is a shooting brake concept that promises more practicality with the power and performance expected of a Porsche. The technology includes the digital Porsche Advanced Cockpit, chassis systems such as rear axle steering, the Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC Sport) electronic roll stabilisation system and breathtaking powertrains. In addition, all Panamera Sport Turismo models are equipped with Porsche Traction Management (PTM) – an active all-wheel drive system with electronically controlled multi-plate clutch – as standard”, he added.
The new Sport Turismo is the first Panamera to feature three rear seats. The two outside seats take the form of individual seats – in keeping with the model line’s claim for sporty performance with maximum passenger comfort – thereby producing a 2+1 configuration at the rear. As an option, the Panamera Sport Turismo is also available in a four-seat configuration with two electrically adjustable individual seats at the rear.
The retail base price for the new Panamera 4 Sport Turismo, Panamera 4 E-Hybrid Sport Turismo, and Panamera Turbo Sport Turismo starts from RM990,000, RM1,125,000, and RM1,940,000 respectively. All Porsche cars sold by SDAP come with a four-year warranty and free maintenance package which includes complimentary service, parts and labour. The stated price includes all applicable duties, except registration fee, road tax and insurance.