Porsche concept car offers glimpse into their sports car of tomorrow
Porsche presented today the Panamera Sport Turismo concept car at the Mondial de l’automobile 2012 in Paris. The purpose of this concept was to show how amazingly intelligent and efficient drive technology might look in the design language of tomorrow. The Sport Turismo unites the next generation hybrid drive with new ideas for an evolutionary, sporty body concept; it combines Porsche performance with comprehensive everyday practicality.
Sporty appeal and functionality in further developed design The body concept of the Panamera Sport Turismo is an outlook on a possible Porsche sports car of tomorrow: The overhangs are short, and the trunk lid is large – both sporty and functional. The concept car combines the dimensions of a premium vehicle with luxury-class interior. The Sport Turismo is 1,990 mm wide, a low 1,401 mm in height and 4,950 mm long. Its direction indicators and sidelights are integrated in C-shaped lighting units – known as C-Blades – mounted in the large air inlets at the front end. Together with four-point LED headlights in an innovative design, they define the front end appearance.
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The smooth and taut exterior skin is not interrupted by add-on parts – there are no conventional exterior mirrors. In their place, the Sport Turismo has two cameras mounted in the side air outlets whose images are shown on the displays in the cockpit. The rear body has been completely reshaped, yet it retains all of the characteristics of a Porsche. The rear lights in LED technology and the tail-light panel with the “Porsche” badge are sculpted in three dimensions, and the brake light is positioned between the four-point LED rear lights. At the edge of the roof you will find an adaptive carbon rear spoiler that improves down force. The new Liquid Metal Blue colour gives the concept car a surface that resembles liquid metal and highlights its contours and design lines more distinctly.
The wheels in dual-spoke design have a two-tone look, and the brake calipers are painted Acid Green. The hub locks of the wheels recall the origins of every Porsche – which is motorsport. “e-hybrid” badges on the sides refer to the car’s drive concept, while the name “Sport Turismo” at the rear, framed in the same Acid Green colour, emphasises the car’s concept character. The milled aluminium battery housing is mounted under the trunk floor, which is made of electrochromatic glass and reveals a view of the energy source illuminated in Acid Green at the press of a button. “e-hybrid” stands for plug-in hybrid technology from Porsche.
Under the hood
The drive technology of the Panamera Sport Turismo completes the next development step towards the plug-in hybrid, symbolised by the “e-hybrid” badge on the front wings. The car’s new ability to be charged from the electrical power grid has been combined with even higher performance components. The concept vehicle with its 416 hp (306 kW) of peak system power is designed to be driven in pure electric mode up to a speed of 130 km/h and can cover distances of over 30 km. The Sport Turismo also exhibits impressive fuel economy per the NEDC standard; its combined fuel consumption is less than 3.5 litres per 100 km, while CO2 emissions are under 82 g/km.
The drive system of the Panamera Sport Turismo is an advanced development of the parallel full hybrid that Porsche already implements today in the Panamera S Hybrid and Cayenne S Hybrid. The new electric motor produces about 95 hp (70 kW), which is around twice as much as in today’s Porsche hybrid drive, while the supercharged three-litre V6 engine still produces 333 hp (245 kW) here. In their interplay, they accelerate the concept car from zero to 100 km/h in less than six seconds.
Specifications Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo concept car:
Body: Sport Turismo with four individual seats, four doors and trunk lid.
Drive system: Parallel full hybrid; 3-litre V6 engine, charged; hybrid module with
electric motor and disengagement clutch; rear-wheel drive.
Power: 333 hp (245 kW) V6 engine
approx. 95 hp (70 kW) hybrid module
416 hp (306 kW) combined peak power
Suspension: Double wishbone front suspension; electro-mechanical power
steering; multi-link rear suspension.
Dimensions: Length 4,950 mm
Width 1,990 mm
Height 1,401 mm
Energy supply: Lithium-ion battery with 9.4 kWh capacity and plug-in charging system
compatible with electrical power grid.
Performance: Top speed, pure electric mode approx. 130 km/h
Acceleration: 0 – 100 km/h < 6.0 s
Consumption (NEDC): Combined < 3.5 l/100 km
CO2 emissions: Combined < 82 g/km
Range (NEDC): Pure electric mode: > 30 km
Charging time: up to 2.5 h