The 2012 Paris Auto Show saw Porsche hit a home run with the Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo concept. It had all the grace of the existing Pamamera, but with a slightly longer wheelbase, a more graceful roofline, and the fifth door that one would associate with a wagon, hatchback, or — indeed — a shooting brake. Four years later, the first spy shots have emerged of a test mule that is reportedly a prototype for a Porsche Panamera Shooting Brake that simultaneously calls to mind the 2016 Porsche Panamera while also making significant changes to the original.
Strictly speaking, we’re not sure that we’d call the Panamera Shooting Brake a shooting brake in its current form. After all, a shooting brake combines the characteristics of a few different body types; you have the kind of cargo space you’d typically associate with a station wagon or a larger hatchback, a longer wheelbase, a seating arrangement that tends to carry over from a 2+2, and the two door setup coupled to sleek and low lines (and sharply-tapered roofline) that you’d usually associate with a coupe.
While it was a four-door, the initial Panamera Sport Turismo concept fit the definition of a shooting brake much better than the test mule does; the latter loses the former’s window just aft of the C pillar, and has a more squarish profile in the rear than its predecessor. In short, the Panamera is a wagon, albeit a very attractive one, though we’d be the first to admit that “Porsche Station Wagon” doesn’t roll off the tongue quite the same way.
It should also be noted that the Panamera shooting brake is one year from production at a minimum. The spy shots we’ve seen are of a test mule, not a production model. That means that further modifications are possible — perhaps even likely — before the car enters production, and the final production model may take a different form than what we’ve seen up to this point. Porsche has hinted at an October debut for a production prototype, which tends to suggest that the car could be unveiled at the Paris International Auto Show (which runs from October 1st to the 16th of this year), though the Frankfurt International Motor Show (September 22nd to 29th) is also a distinct possibility if Porsche decides it would rather roll out the Panamera Shooting Brake on home turf.
More information will be reported here as it becomes public. In the meantime, if you’d like to see what Porsche currently has on offer, come to the Porsche of Nashua showroom at 170 Main Dunstable Road in Nashua, NH. We don’t have any concept cars on display, but we do have something better: production models that you can put through their paces right now. Schedule a test drive of the 2016 Porsche Panamera or the 2016 Porsche Macan today!