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The Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo is no slo-mo

The station wagon version of the Panamera saloon is surprisingly just as fast.

The Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo inherits the Panamera family’s good genes: Fast, fine-looking and well-appointed.

It’s the third body style in the range, following the standard saloon, and has increased luggage compartment volume and a raised, elongated roofline.

At the high end is the Turbo Sport Turismo with its 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8, pushing a maximum power output of 550bhp and 770Nm of torque through an eight-speed version of Porsche’s quick-shifting PDK gearbox.

The presence of profound aerodynamic guide element effectively reduces drag, further improving the performance figures of this station wagon considerably. An advanced three-position roof spoiler attached to the Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo can produce an additional downforce of up to 50kg on the rear axle.

Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo

Besides its surprisingly satisfying driving experience, what gives the sporty-looking car an edge over other Panamera models is that it’s a five-seater. This “four plus one” (as the Zuffenhausen-based automobile manufacturer calls it) makes provision for a third passenger in the back. However, it’s unlikely meant for long rides, so if the thought of a virtually forlorn third seat-belt in back seems off-putting, order a rear seating arrangement that restores the full centre console.

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For the upcoming 2018 Geneva International Motor Show, happening from March 8-18, a gussied up version of the Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo packaged by German tuner Techart will be on display. The stylish super wagon receives the Grand GT Supreme styling that includes the company’s 22-inch Formula IV wheels, a sport exhaust system with titanium and carbon-fibre tailpipes, and a livid Racing Green custom paint job.

But even without all that jazz, the Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo is still the most handsome-looking Panamera in the lineup with a more practical body.

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