The Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo is the new, more practical sister of the four-door Porsche Panamera liftback.
After our look at the 456bhp Panamera 4 E-Hybrid version, which we liked in spite of its slightly mannered and underwhelming petrol-electric hybrid powertrain, now’s our chance to find out if the 542bhp V8-engined Turbo version feels more like the definitive flavour.
The rest of the Sport Turismo engine range mirrors the standard Panamera, with the 4 powered by a 3.0-litre V6, the 4S by a 2.9-litre V6 while completing the range is the ballistic 4.0-litre V8 oilburner powering the 4S Diesel Sport Turismo.
Understanding the Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo
The Panamera's estate makeover consists of a longer, straighter and higher roofline, along with slightly larger rear passenger door and boot openings.
The car’s wheelbase and rear overhang measurements remain the same as the standard-wheelbase Panamera’s. Boot space grows by 25 litres to 520 measured up to the windowline, rising to just under 1400 to the roof with the rear seatbacks folded.