Meet the Sport Turismo, based closely on the 2012 concept of the same name and intended as an almost-as-practical but sportier foil to Porsche’s high-riding SUVs. With the latest Panamera’s more sportscar inspired looks, and a far from boxy new rear end, it’s as close as you can get to a 911 for the family.
The body is all new from the B-pillars back and, like the concept, makes for a handsome beast. It is no bigger than the regular Panamera, at just over 5 metres in length, and has the same balanced proportions thanks to its long wheelbase and relatively short overhangs.
How much more practical in shooting brake form is it? The regular Panamera is after all a four-door with lift-up tailgate and fold-down rear seats. The Sport Turismo takes things further by opening up the rear of the cabin in usual estate car fashion.
In terms of outright space, though, it’s more Mini Clubman than Merc E-Class wagon, offering a maximum load area of 1,390 litres –which is only 50 litres more than the Panamera sedan offers. No estate car transformation then but the load space does promise to be a lot easier to access, with its bigger (power-operated) tailgate and lower loading height (628mm, so an easy labrador leap).