The first time Porsche revealed the Panamera Sport Turismo to the public was during the 2017 Geneva Motor Show earlier this year. And now it has already entered production, and is on its way to its first customers all over the globe. The Leipzig facility was produced especially for the second-generation Panamera family, and Porsche had to invest a total of €500 million ($582 million), a part of which was used to build a new quality center.
The new 400-hectare facility is also in charge of the production of the Macan and Cayenne SUVs, apart from the Panameras. There are 4,055 people who are working in the facility and in the last year alone, they produced a total of 158,432 cars. The Leipzig facility opened in August 2002 and already €1.3 billion ($1.5M) have been invested.
Within the facility, 345,345 square meters cover the production area. To date, the Leipzig factory has 948 robots in the body shop, paint shop, and in the assembly facility, where they build 1.7 million parts each day. There is a wood chip burning system that provides 80% CO2-neutral heat to the paint shop. Outside the production area, there is a 3.7-kilometer race track and a 6-kilometer off-road track. In terms of wildlife, 75 aurochs, 1.5 million bees, and wild horses live in the area. Porsche’s factory is also open to visitors, and 40,000 people come to the customer center annually.
Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo is available in a long list of variations. All in all, there are six different models, and 17 variants available in the market - including the Panamera hatchback.
Some of the Panamera Sport Turismo models include the 542 horsepower Turbo Sport Turismo, the 456 horsepower E-Hybrid Sport Turismo, the 440 horsepower 4S Turismo Sport, and the base 330 horsepower 4 Sport Turismo. All models come standard with an all-wheel-drive setup. The base model starts at $97,250 while the range topping model starts at $155,050.
Sport Turismo comes with a fifth seat at the back and has a little more cargo space (0.7 cubic feet) compared to that of the standard hatchback model. All models also come standard with air suspension.
The current range topping model is the 671 horsepower Turbo S E-Hybrid with an electrified powertrain. The same powertrain will be given to the upcoming Cayenne that should make its debut in the next couple of months, as well as the Audi S8 E-Tron that is scheduled for release in 2019, replacing the S8.