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2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo Sport Turismo Drivers’ Notes

On Monday, April 2nd, 2018

We all love fast wagons. Their combination of practicality and performance scratches an itch for most of us here at Autoblog. What other vehicle on the market can carry a family of four along with all their luggage and still hit 60 mph in fewer than four seconds and a top speed close to 200 mph? These are supercars wrapped in a family-friendly package.

2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo

The 2018 Panamera Turbo Sport Turismo is a particularly bonkers wagon. It’s powered by a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 and sends power to all four wheels through Porsche’s first eight-speed dual-clutch transmission. Standard equipment includes adaptive air suspension, LED lighting, 14-way power adjustable seats, a Bose audio system, a panoramic moonroof and a digital instrument cluster with a center-mounted analog tachometer.

The interior is a little more refined than that of the past few Porsches I’ve driven. Controls are a lot more digitized, and there aren’t loads of dead buttons all over the center console to drive me insane. While you still get a bit of that great exhaust sound, it’s a lot quieter; you might not hear it over your podcast. The ride is smooth, too. Even with the suspension in Sport+ mode, it’s still a cozy, refined experience inside the car.

Associate Editor Reese Counts: This is a big car. Really big. Porsche has done a wonderful job of making it shrink around you in the same way Mercedes-Benz does with the S-Class or the BMW with the 7 Series, but it’s still an imposing machine. That said, I don’t mind the size. There’s something about a big, comfortable car with the heart of a lion that appeals to some basic instinct within me. All I want to do is mash the right pedal and make vroom-vroom noises with the big V8.

The Panamera Turbo Sport Turismo is wonderful from behind the wheel. The steering is sharp and precise, the ride is firm but compliant, and the engine and transmission work with perfect accuracy.

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