2018 Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo First Drive: What’s Not To Love?

– Victoria, Canada

Tall trees and green grass flank either side of an empty, winding, sun-soaked road in British Columbia. Behind the wheel of the Porsche Panamera Turbo, these lush surroundings seem to fly by at warp speed. The biturbo V8 roars as it sends massive power to all four wheels, and I’m tossing this Panamera through corners like it’s a 911, smiling and laughing maniacally, manhandling this big Porsche with generous chutzpah.

Indeed, these words could be plucked straight from my recent review of the Panamera Turbo. But this time around, I’ve got an extra reason to giggle. This isn’t just any Panamera, it’s the Sport Turismo. The wagon. The 550-horsepower, 567-pound-feet Porsche station wagon. And holy crap, it’s purple.

2018 Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo: First Drive
2018 Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo: First Drive
2018 Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo: First Drive
2018 Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo: First Drive

For as tactile and agile as the Turbo Sport Turismo is on great back roads, it is still an exemplary grand tourer.

The best thing about the new Sport Turismo – aside from, you know, wagon – is that none of the intrinsic Panamera-ness is lost in the reshaping of its rump. From the B-pillar forward, the Turismo is identical to the standard Panamera, and the butt-lift only adds 88 pounds that, I promise, you cannot feel from behind the wheel.

Switch the drive mode to Sport Plus, mash the throttle, and 60 miles per hour arrives in the same 3.4 seconds as the standard Panamera Turbo, when fitted with Porsche’s Sport Chrono package. All-wheel drive is standard across the Sport Turismo range, which means no rear-end skittishness under hard launch...