Porsche Sport Turismo Design Walkthrough


One of the undoubted stars of the Paris Motor Show was Porsche's Panamera Sport Turismo concept, which previewed a more athletic and distinct production version of the standard Panamera. Aside from hitting the design sweet-spot, the concept also emits less than 82g/km CO2 on the combined cycle - owing to 70kW electric motor mated to the 3.0-litre V6 found in the current Panamera range - and total power is 416bhp – around the same as a power-kitted 991 (a £10,000 option). Exclusively using the power from the lithium-ion battery in the back, the Sport Turismo can also muster 30km range and can reach around 75mph.

Porsche recently released a rather slick walkthrough video (below) of Head of Design Michael Mauer and Mitja Borkert – General Manager Advanced Design Style – taking us through the steps they took to create the vehicle that appeared at Paris in September. The video picks up after months of sketching to get the proportions perfect and shows the initial clay modelling, the hard modelling and also polyester see-through modelling.

Mauer talks about how a new Porsche design must always match the hereditary Porsche style – as he did when we interviewed him at Geneva – and, as a result, the pronounced wings are higher than the middle of the bonnet and air intakes at the front draw the car “deeply” into the road. The Sport Turismo also reinterprets the soft shoulders over the rear haunches, which are perhaps the most famous and loved of 911 design traits. These features are only the tip of the iceberg, though, the rest being succintly explained below. 

Michael Mauer and Mitja Borkert talk us through the Panamera Sport Turismo - 

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