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Paris Motor Show 2012: Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo concept

From ugly duckling to beautiful swan...

Porsche has revealed the Panamera Sport Turismo concept at the Paris Motor Show today. Though this is described as a ‘design study to preview Porsche’s future styling language’, we know that this previews the facelifted Panamera and a forthcoming Sports Tourer/Shooting Brake/Estate/Wagon version, depending on where you come from.

The Panamera ST features a new front end with larger, more angular headlights and a bumper with large openings. The centre grille sits lower than current models, with large bisected grilles either side. We can safely assume that this is how the Turbo model would look, minus some of the concept-car-bling.

The main difference obviously comes at the rear. Gone is the standard Panamera’s awkward rear with the sloping hatch and large haunches, replaced with a more upright hatch, strong hips and slim rear lights like the new 991. Overall it gives a look that is so much more balanced than the standard car, it makes us wonder why they don’t just ditch the standard car altogether and just make this model. Stick some more realistic wheels on it, tidy up the nose a bit and you have a seriously good looking car – more than the match for Mercedes’ CLS Shooting Brake, the obvious rival.

There is also a minimalistic concept car cabin incorporating leather upholstery, alcantara trim and metallic accents. There is also a digital instrument cluster which is flanked by displays for the exterior ‘mirror' cameras. Last but not least, there's a large infotainment display on the centre console which has quick access buttons for commonly used functions.

Power is provided by a plug-in hybrid powertrain that combines a 330 bhp supercharged 3.0 litre V6 engine with a 94 bhp electric motor and a 9.4 kWh lithium-ion battery which enables it to accelerate from 0-62 mph in less than six seconds. In terms of efficiency, the model manages 80.7 mpg and has CO2 emissions under 82 g/km. The concept can also travel on electricity alone for over 18 miles at speeds up to 81 mph. This drivetrain is expected to feature in the Cayenne and 911 as well in the future.

Images and video courtesy of Porsche

 

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About Tim Oldland

Contributing Editor - Long time petrolhead, automotive design engineer and journalist. Also Social Media Manager for the ecurie25 Group - www.ecurie25.com Tim has worked in the automotive sector for many years, but has been a fan of anything with 2 or 4... read more