2021 Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo


The 2021 Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo is what you get when you want the sportiness of a 911 in the body of a station wagon. To be more precise, the Sport Turismo is the long-roof version of the Porsche Panamera sedan. Both of these four-door hatchbacks boast an array of powerful powertrains, including plug-in-hybrid variants (called E-Hybrid) that prioritize performance over fuel savings. Just peep the credentials of the Turbo S E-Hybrid: 689 horsepower, a top speed of 196 mph, and a host of track-ready hardware. What about the all-electric Porsche Taycan? Well, it’s not available as a roomy wagon or with the driving range of the gas-only Panameras. While the latter still lacks the immersion of the best Porsche products, the 2021 Panamera Sport Turismo and its kin are great to drive and deliver a truly luxury experience—for a substantial sum, of course.

What’s New for 2021?

For 2021, the Panamera Sport Turismo benefits from the same styling updates and performance improvements as its sedan counterpart. A turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 is no longer the base engine, it’s now a 335-hp twin-turbo 2.9-liter six. Porsche also extracted an extra 20 horsepower (now 473 total) from the 4.0-liter V-8 on the GTS model, and it significantly updated the same engine for use on the new Turbo S trim, which now makes 620 horses instead of 550. The E-Hybrids all get a larger battery pack and welcome the new 552-hp 4S E-Hybrid that offers similar performance as the outgoing Turbo model. Porsche also recalibrated the wagon’s adaptive dampers and steering system to improve ride quality and sharpen feedback. Most notably, a set of ultra-high-performance summer tires is now available for the first time. Stylistically, every Panamera Sport Turismo inherits a snazzier front fascia and a sleeker taillight design. The refreshed exterior is completed by new wheel designs and color options. The rest of the updates are highlighted by new steering wheels, newly standard lane-keeping assist, and an available sport exhaust system that’s said to be louder than before.

Pricing and Which One to Buy

    The 2021 Panamera Sport Turismo won’t go on sale until spring 2021, and Porsche hasn’t yet announced pricing on any of the trim levels. Once we know how much each one will cost and have the chance to see what options are available, we can recommend which one we’d choose.

    Engine, Transmission, and Performance

    Porsche offers the Panamera Sport Turismo with a diverse selection of gas-only and plug-in-hybrid powertrains. Regardless of what’s under the hood, every version features an ultra-quick eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and all-wheel drive. The base Panamera 4 Sport Turismo uses a 335-hp twin-turbo 2.9-liter V-6, but there’s also a more powerful version of it that makes 443 horses on the 4S model. A twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8 provides the GTS with a gutsy 473 horsepower, and the new Turbo S now makes 620 ponies. Except for the GTS, there’s an E-Hybrid variant of every trim level that adds an electric motor, a 17.9-kWh battery pack, and a charging port to their traditional engine. At the top of the Panamera Sport Turismo pyramid is the Turbo S E-Hybrid that now develops a whopping 689 horsepower combined. Porsche claims a top speed of 196 mph and a zero-to-60-mph run that takes two seconds flat. Although we haven’t piloted Porsche’s updated station wagon, we’ve driven several prototype versions of the sedan, as well as the 552-hp 4S E-Hybrid and the nonhybrid Turbo S. Compared with their predecessors, the Panameras delivered more seamless gas-electric transitions and more precise steering feedback. Since the lineup has so much variety in power levels, and Porsche offers a plethora of performance add-ons, the driving experiences will vary depending on the powertrains and equipment.

    Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG

    Neither the EPA nor Porsche has released fuel-economy ratings for the 2021 Panamera Sport Turismo. However, the outgoing models weren’t particularly efficient, with the 2020 GTS being the worst offender at 15 mpg city and 22 highway. Meanwhile, the thriftiest 2020 E-Hybrid model was rated at 51 MPGe combined. Once the official estimates are released, and we have the opportunity to run them on our 75-mph highway fuel-economy route—part of our extensive testing regimen—we can evaluate their real-world mpg.

    Interior, Comfort, and Cargo

    The interior of the Panamera Sport Turismo looks and feels every bit of its estimated six-figure price. As with any Porsche, the Sport Turismo’s options list is long, pricey, and includes items ranging from the lavish (massaging front and rear seats) to the ludicrous (leather-covered climate-control vents). Although taller riders may find rear-seat legroom to be on the snug side, the Panamera Sport Turismo offers plenty of rear headroom for passengers large and small. The Panamera Sport Turismo’s cargo bay is noticeably smaller than its wagon rivals, but it held seven carry-on suitcases and another 13 with the rear seat folded. The Sport Turismo’s lift-over height is on the taller side of the class, but it’s much lower than the regular hatchback. Generous door pockets, a reasonably sized glovebox, and an awkwardly shaped center-console bin serve as the Porsche station wagon’s main interior storage spaces.

    Infotainment and Connectivity

    While the Panamera Sport Turismo’s 12.3-inch infotainment screen looks pretty, its attractive wrapper hides a messy interface with overcomplicated menus, ergonomic challenges, and functional limitations. Otherwise, its infotainment system has standard desirable features such as Apple CarPlay integration, built-in navigation, and a Wi-Fi hotspot. Strangely, Android Auto capability and wireless phone charging are unavailable throughout the lineup.

    Safety and Driver-Assistance Features

    The 2021 Panamera Sport Turismo hasn’t been crash-tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). However, the Porsche wagon is available with a variety of driver-assistance technology, including a 360-degree camera system and night vision. Key safety features include:

    • Standard lane-departure warning and lane-keeping assist
    • Available blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert
    • Available adaptive cruise control

      Warranty and Maintenance Coverage

      Porsche has a competitive limited and powertrain warranty. Its 24-hour roadside-assistance program spans the same amount of time, while complimentary scheduled maintenance is also included for a short period.

      • Limited warranty covers four years or 50,000 miles
      • Powertrain warranty covers four years or 50,000 miles
      • Complimentary maintenance is covered for one year or 10,000 miles

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