25 July 2017

Five years after showing us a Panamera wagon as a concept car, Porsche has launched a second estate-car version of its big four-seater grand tourer, which will rival Audi's RS6 Performance and the Mercedes-AMG CLS 63 Shooting Brake.

Roughly the same size as the saloon version, the new Sport Turismo has bigger rear doors, a long roof line and a larger boot. It's also the first Panamera yet to be offered with five seats - although, with that middle back seat only really suitable for small children, Porsche prefers to call it a '4+1'.

Porsche invited us to Vancouver Island, Canada, for our first test drive of the 541bhp Turbo version: a car capable of 62mph in just 3.8sec, costing a whisker less than £120,000. So is this the fast estate car made extra-special - or just the Panamera perfected?

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25 July 2017

Matt says, "it's OK to want one." It's OK Matt, I want one.

25 July 2017

Yes a slightly odd review - pottering slowly along country roads while discussing how desirable and good looking it is. The 'standard' Panam looks a lot better than the original so it's all a matter of taste. Its closest rival is probably something like the RRS SVR, in terms of what a customer might choose instead.

2 August 2017

I really like this car. Somehow the ugly duckling 1st gen has morphed via the so-so fastback saloon into this elegant swan of a classy estate car cum shooting brake. Fast wagons are always cool. It's the rule.

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