Wagons are a niche market in Malaysia, but when they come, they tend to be big and expensive. Few wagons are as big or as expensive as the Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo which, according to certain sources, might be launched sometime in December.
A reader wishing to remain anonymous has sent us pictures of no less than two units of the Panamera Sport Turismo being loaded onto flatbed car carriers in surroundings quite similar-looking to Glenmarie, in the vicinity of Sime Darby Auto Performance’s HQ and flagship showroom.
Both vehicles wore German number plates, which mean they are unlikely to be parallel imports but may instead be vehicles brought in by Porsche for evaluation, training, or customer preview, or even all of the above, for that matter.
Our source’s pictures are not of the highest resolution, but we are fairly certain that the blue car is the Turbo variant powered by a 550hp 4.0-litre V8 capable of propelling the vehicle from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.6 seconds if fitted with the optional Sport Chrono pack.
Other engine options include a 330 hp 3.0-litre turbocharged V6, a 440 hp 2.9-litre V6 bi-turbo, a 462 hp V6 hybrid, and a 550 hp V8 hybrid. Unlike the regular Panamera which has a rear-wheel driven base model, all variants of the Panamera Sport Turismo are all-wheel drive as standard.
It has to be noted that, owing to their German origins, the vehicles seen in these pictures may or may not be representative of what will ultimately be offered in the Malaysian market.