Plenty of Porsche purists took up torches and pitchforks when the Panamera debuted in 2009. Now a Panamera wagon concept, shown in Paris as the Panamera Sport Turismo Wagon Concept, might win back a few fans.
Without looking at a current car for reference it’s difficult to tell where the concept starts and the Panamera ends. The Sport Turismo’s proportions remain the same, and the wagon rear isn’t a spectacular departure from the current hatch. A new lift gate and sharper roofline draw straight lines that tidy up a bulbous rear hatch. A new fascia incorporates aggressive LED lighting and uses a squared off four-pack of lights rather than round projectors. That same front end is a much better match to the current generation 911 front fascia, with larger openings below the bumper split by blades of plastic and thin strips of LED lights. The incorporation of Porsche’s 911 design language is carried all the way to the back of the car as well, with a thin band connecting the much trimmer LED taillights. Porsche’s DNA is so obvious and the tweaks so effective that the wagon back-end on the Sport Turismo concept looks like it might have been there all along.
Still, there are giveaways that the car is intended to be taken as a concept, albeit an advanced one. The side mirrors are replaced by cameras mounted to side air outlets and the door handles are mounted flush to the body. The Sport Turismo’s projected powertrain also leaves us wondering. Porsche is showing the car as a plug-in hybrid-electric. The new parallel hybrid system mates a 3.0-liter V-6 engine good for 333-bhp to an electric motor worth another 95-bhp. That motor is powered by lithium-ion batteries, hidden under electro-chromatic glass in the luggage compartment. Porsche claims the combination could achieve 30 km, or about 18.5 miles in all-electric mode. When pressed to burn up hydrocarbons though, the Sport Turismo will happily dash from 0 to 100 km/h in under six seconds. Maintaining that performance credential is important for the Sport Turismo, after all, it was the performance of the Panamera began to quiet the purist mob.