Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo concept bows in Paris [video]

Previews the company's future styling language

Porsche has taken the wraps off the Panamera Sport Turismo concept.

Designed to preview the company's future styling language, the model has a clean and elegant design which is both practical and attractive. It is dressed in Liquid Metal Blue paint and features LED headlights, ventilated front fenders and a carbon rear spoiler. Overall, it measures 4,950mm long, 1,990mm wide and 1,401mm tall.

The minimalistic cabin has a pleasing design which incorporates leather upholstery, Alcantara trim and metallic accents. There's 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 center console which has quick access buttons for commonly used functions.

Motivation is provided by a plug-in hybrid powertrian that combines a 333 HP (245 kW) supercharged 3.0-liter V6 engine, a 95 HP (70 kW) electric motor and a 9.4 kWh lithium-ion battery. This enables the concept to have a combined maximum output of 416 HP (306 kW) which enables it to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in less than six seconds. In terms of efficiency, the model consumes less than 3.5 L/100km (67.2 mpg US / 80.7 mpg UK) and has CO2 emissions under 82 g/km. The concept can also travel on electricity alone for over 30 km (18.6 miles) at speeds up to 130 km/h (81 mph).

Check out the press release for additional information

Source: Porsche

Porsche concept car offers glimpse of a sports car of tomorrow

Sporty, functional, efficient: Panamera Sport Turismo

Stuttgart. Porsche is presenting the Panamera Sport Turismo concept car to show how amazingly intelligent and efficient drive technology might look in the design language of tomorrow. The Sport Turismo unites the next generation hybrid drive with new ideas for an evolutionary, sporty body concept; it combines Porsche performance with comprehensive everyday practicality.

Body: sports appeal and functionality in further developed design
The body concept of the Panamera Sport Turismo is an outlook on a possible Porsche sports car of tomorrow: The overhangs are short, and the boot lid is large - both sporty and functional. The concept car combines the dimensions of a premium vehicle with the interior comfort of the luxury class. The Sport Turismo is 1,990 mm wide, a low 1,401 mm in height and 4,950 mm long. Its direction indicators and sidelights are integrated in C-shaped lighting units - known as C-Blades - mounted in the large air inlets at the front end. Together with four-point LED headlights in an innovative design, they define the front end appearance of the concept car.

The smooth and taut exterior skin is not interrupted by add-on parts - there are no con-ventional exterior mirrors. In their place, the Sport Turismo has two cameras mounted in the side air outlets whose images are shown on the displays in the cockpit. The rear body has been completely reshaped, yet it retains all of the characteristics of a Porsche. The rear lights in LED technology and the tail-light panel with the "Porsche" badge are sculpted in three dimensions, and the brake light is positioned between the four-point LED rear lights. Forming the roof termination is an adaptive carbon rear spoiler that produces improved downforce.

The new Liquid Metal Blue colour gives the concept car a surface that resembles liquid metal and highlights its contours and design lines more distinctly. The wheels in dual-spoke design have a bi-colour look, and the brake callipers are painted Acid Green. The hub locks of the wheels recall the origins of every Porsche - which is motorsport. "e-hybrid" badges on the sides refer to the car's drive concept, while the name "Sport Turismo" at the rear, framed in the same Acid Green colour, emphasises the car's concept character. The milled aluminium battery housing is mounted under the boot floor, which is made of electrochromatic glass and reveals a view of the energy source illuminated in Acid Green at the press of a button.

"e-hybrid" stands for plug-in hybrid technology from Porsche
The drive technology of the Panamera Sport Turismo completes the next development step towards the plug-in hybrid, symbolised by the "e-hybrid" badge on the front wings. The car's new ability to be charged from the electrical power grid has been combined with even higher performance components. The concept vehicle with its 416 hp (306 kW) of peak system power is designed to be driven in pure electric mode up to a speed of 130 km/h and can cover distances of over 30 km. The Sport Turismo also exhibits impressive fuel economy per the NEDC standard; its combined fuel consumption is less than 3.5 litres per 100 km, while CO2 emissions are under 82 g/km.

The drive system of the Panamera Sport Turismo is an advanced development of the parallel full hybrid that Porsche already implements today in the Panamera S Hybrid and Cayenne S Hybrid. The new electric motor produces about 70 kW (95 hp), which is around twice as much as in today's Porsche hybrid drive, while the supercharged three-litre V6 engine still produces 245 kW (333 hp) here. In their interplay, they accelerate the concept car from zero to 100 km/h in less than six seconds.

Power pack: lithium-ion battery with external charging capability
The electric power pack of the Sport Turismo e-hybrid consists of a lithium-ion battery whose performance is several times that of the nickel-hydride battery currently used in production, although it has practically the same dimensions. Its 9.4 Kilowatt-hours of energy storage capacity and high peak power enable faster acceleration, longer electric driving range and higher speeds when driving without the internal combustion engine.

The default operating mode of the e-hybrid prioritises all-electric driving, but the driver may deactivate this by pressing a special button on the steering wheel. In addition, when the car is being operated in hybrid mode the driver can select the e-charge mode by pressing the steering wheel button to intentionally intensify charging of the high-voltage battery. This is especially useful when one section of the driving route on a motorway is followed by a section through a city that should be driven in pure electric mode without local emissions. In the e-charge mode, the internal combustion engine charges the battery by load point shifting, while satisfying rational energy management criteria.

As a plug-in hybrid, the fluid-cooled lithium-ion battery is not only charged while driving; it can also be externally charged within 2.5 hours (depending on the power supply) via a charging interface on the vehicle. Porsche systematically thought through all aspects of the concept car's plug-in system; it utilises a universal charger (AC) that is wall-mounted in a home garage and has a standardised charging plug.

Familiar and yet completely new: touch displays for instruments and controls
The interior of the Sport Turismo is a forward-looking interpretation of purist sports car thinking: as little as possible and as much as necessary. Instead of classic instruments, a large central TFT colour display is positioned in front of the driver; it is used to call up and display any vehicle information as needed - from the tachometer to driving data or navigation. Two monitors, one to the left and one to the right of this display, show images from the "exterior mirror" cameras. Two additional displays in tube form provide information on the hybrid-specific driving states, e.g. pure electric driving, as well as other functions. The power meter in the instrument panel illuminates in Acid Green and shows the combined system power of the two drives.

A press on the touch-sensitive colour display starts the e-hybrid. Naturally, on the side that is typical of a Porsche: the left side. A completely new type of touch display in the ascending centre console incorporates additional controls; this is the control centre for the e-hybrid and all other functions that is implemented in black panel technology. It offers the driver the option of influencing the hybrid drive via smart keys to choose maximum driving fun, maximum performance or maximum efficiency. All driving indicators and control functions are also intuitively operated by multi-touch functionality, such as automatic climate control, seat adjustment, lights, reversing camera and the functions of Porsche Communication Management (PCM).

Wide-ranging communications and control via smart phone app
The Panamera Sport Turismo gives the driver entirely new options for customised communications. The driver can use mobile online services to access and control all key vehicle information with a smart phone app. Charge control by mobile phone shows the user just how much electricity the battery has already stored at any given time and predicts how much more time the charging process will take. In addition, there is a charging timer with user-defined charging times. Moreover, the vehicle's interior can also be preconditioned by mobile phone, e.g. by turning on the air conditioner, and the vehicle will already be at the right temperature before driving with electricity supplied from a household electrical outlet.


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Comments (22)

DarkoInem DarkoInem
it looks like brera, copy+paste
Sep 28th, 2012 12:59pm
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hussaint hussaint
Remove the rear doors and we have a competitor for Golf GTI
Sep 27th, 2012 9:15pm
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hussaint hussaint
Porsch..please give us something like S-class, 7- series- A8 !
Sep 27th, 2012 9:14pm
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LemieT LemieT
Not sure where some persons' eyes are located, but to mine, this is a beautiful concept. It's far more coherent than the current model.
Sep 27th, 2012 5:33pm
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Swifty Swifty
rear end is somehow similar to the rear od Alfa Romeo brera, well it resembles also a Porsche philospohy of the new 911....a great design, they can produce a coupe like 928 successor and fight a BMW 6 and Merc SL/CL
Sep 27th, 2012 11:12am
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scratchy996 scratchy996
or they could go further up and make a Ferrari FF competitor.
Sep 27th, 2012 10:24pm
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Kid_Voltron Kid_Voltron
Citroen Numero 9
Sep 27th, 2012 10:18am
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santoshrajkumar santoshrajkumar
It's revolution evolution and an eyegasm, this one is! I dig it's everything, even the name. It's sexy, aggressive, and somehow uses its length to an advantage. Razor sharp Porsche sets new four door coupe design standard.
Sep 27th, 2012 9:19am
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CDspeed CDspeed
I must admit when Porsche said they were going to show a Panamera shooting break I thought it would look like a van. But this Sport Turismo concept is fantastic, they should put this into production and then fix the back end of the sedan version.
Sep 27th, 2012 4:37am
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NYyanks NYyanks
That looks amazing!
Sep 27th, 2012 4:15am
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Roken Roken
Superb. Hope the next gen Panamera takes heavy cues from this concept. Love the idea of a fast Porsche saloon, but the current one could scare the soul out of me from some angles. o_o;
Sep 27th, 2012 2:50am
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Ceramic Rabbit Ceramic Rabbit
Who else thinks this is an early glimpse of the Macan.
Sep 27th, 2012 2:49am
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BanfSnieder BanfSnieder
It certainly is a clue to something. Maybe the Macan, or even the face-lifted Panamera. Very nice though, I love the tension in the surfaces, the re-balanced side vents and the headlights.
Sep 27th, 2012 3:18am
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santoshrajkumar santoshrajkumar
I do, mate.
Sep 27th, 2012 9:49am
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zot959 zot959
This design is not as good as the current Panamera. This looks like a Panamera Hatchback it tries to make the design less controversial but it also makes it more boring and bland. The rear end looks like it belongs to some entry level hatch. This sucks.
Sep 27th, 2012 1:36am
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Ceramic Rabbit Ceramic Rabbit
"less controversial but it also makes it more boring and bland." That is in fact the exact opposite of what they did.
Sep 27th, 2012 2:48am
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The current Panamera is boring and bland because it is trying too hard to be a 911. It's a 911 that ate too much cake whereas this, although understated, is (in the Porsche sense of the word) unique. Has a lovely stance from the front 3/4 shots. Not for me though but a huge improvement and a much better looking car!
Sep 27th, 2012 4:28am
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santoshrajkumar santoshrajkumar
Every Porsche looks Porsche today. Doesn't every Audi look like an A4? It's design language.
Sep 27th, 2012 9:52am
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jerry05cod4 jerry05cod4
pleasently surprised by this panamera because it's not trying to be something that its not, like the previous one.
Sep 27th, 2012 12:58am
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santoshrajkumar santoshrajkumar
Nail on the head. Its proud to be a Panamera now.
Sep 27th, 2012 9:53am
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scratchy996 scratchy996
The original Panamera design was very good until the ex Porsche CEO messed with it. The new CEO said he will give more freedom to the designers and after seeing the new 911, Boxster and Panamera, i think he kept his word.
Sep 27th, 2012 10:21pm
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Lutzie Lutzie
This one looks much better (though it could hardley have been worse than the current model) but the side view is a bit like an Audi Q5 that's been sat on by something very large.
Oct 2nd, 2012 11:57pm
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