Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo concept: The Panamera gets a little uglier, and a little greener

Porsche Panamer Sport Turismo conceptPorsche’s Panamera four-door was already a it misshapen, so making it into a station wagon probably wasn’t the best idea. Nonetheless, Porsche did just that, creating the Panamera Sport Turismo, a performance hybrid concept that was recently unveiled at the Paris Motor Show.

Porsche says the Sport Turismo previews what a future, more practical, sports car could look like. The result is a car that looks almost identical to a normal Panamera, but with upright tailgate instead of the production car’s noncommittal hatchback. If nothing else, this should make the Sport Turismo and excellent tire hauler for owners of Porsche’s 918 Spyder hybrid supercar. Still, it doesn’t seem like an aesthetically pleasing future.

The Sport Turismo is also the first four-door Porsche to get an “e-hybrid” badge, the branding Weissach will use for all of its future plug-in hybrids. The powertrain consists of a supercharged V6 and an electric motor; total system output is 416 horsepower.

The 9.4 kWh lithium ion battery pack takes 2.5 hours to charge, and get the Sport Turismo 18.6 miles, at speeds up to 80 mph, before the gasoline engine kicks in. When the driver isn’t trying to conserve energy, this plug-in Porsche will get from 0 to 62 mph (0 to 100 kph) in under six seconds.

As with most other plug-in hybrids, the Sport Turismo comes with multiple driving modes. The default mode prioritizes electric motoring; the driver can deactivate this mode with a button on the steering wheel if he or she wants to pull away with more vigor.Porsche Panamer Sport Turismo concept interior

With the gasoline engine on, the driver can also prioritize battery charging over electric propulsion, saving up their battery power for situations such as city driving that can be handled in electric-only mode.

The interior offers a more streamlined version of the stock Panamera’s button-cluttered cockpit, with a two-tone finish like the one that is optional on the 911. The inclinced center console is still there, but most of the buttons have been replaced by a Star Trek-like touchpad.

The traditional gauge cluster is replaced with a TFT color display that can call up everything from maps to the tachometer. Monitors on either side of the main display show images from exterior cameras that take the place of side view mirrors.

Instead of a physical starter button, the Sport Turismo is activated via a touchpad on the left side of the dashboard display.

Porsche is always trying to expand its lineup, especially with deviations of existing models, so a production Panamera Sport Turismo isn’t out of the question. For now, it remains an ugly, but technologically advanced, concept.

Product Review

Mercedes-Benz updates the timeless G-wagen for the modern world

For decades, the G-Class has been an outlier in the Mercedes-Benz portfolio, a body-on-frame brute with the soul – and driving manners – of an off-road pickup. With the all-new G550, Mercedes seeks to smooth out some of the rough edges.

Lyft’s Shared Saver service offers cheaper rides, but you’ll have to walk a little

Lyft has launched a new ride option called Shared Saver that offers cheaper rides if you're willing to walk a little. Shared Saver designates a nearby pick-up point and drops you off a short distance from your final destination.

Subaru’s latest VIZIV concept car is pumped full of adrenaline

The Subaru VIZIV Adrenaline is the seventh member of the Japanese automaker's family of VIZIV concept cars. It debuts at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, but for now, all we're getting is a shadowy teaser image.

This list of PlayStation 4 exclusives puts its competitors to shame

The PlayStation 4's game library and incredible selection of exclusive games could make anyone with an Xbox One or Nintendo Switch think twice. Here's our list of the latest and greatest PS4 exclusives.

Waymo rules and Apple trails in California self-driving car benchmarks

California's DMV releases annual reports of self-driving car disengagements on public roads. In the most recent reports. Waymo had the best performance, GM Cruise came in second, and Apple's self-driving program was in last place.

Watch a modified Audi e-tron electric SUV drive straight up a ski slope

A modified Audi e-tron climbed up an 85-percent gradient on an Austrian ski slope in a tribute to a classic Audi commercial. The vehicle used for the stunt sported an extra electric motor and spiked tires.

Mamma mia! Alfa Romeo will unveil a new model at the Geneva Auto Show

Alfa Romeo told Digital Trends it will unveil a new model at the 2019 Geneva Auto Show. It stopped short of revealing what it has in store, but rumors claim it will be a crossover positioned below the Stelvio.

Citroën says you could drive its tiny Ami One electric car without a license

Citroën's Ami One concept car is an electric vehicle that's as cute as it is compact. The miniature motor only has a top speed of 28 mph, so the French automaker imagines it as a shareable runaround for short drives.

Arizona city slammed with $10M lawsuit over fatal Uber autonomous car accident

The family of Elaine Herzberg, the woman struck and killed by one of Uber's self-driving prototypes, has filed a $10 million lawsuit against the city of Tempe, Arizona. They claim Herzberg jaywalked because she was confused by a brick…

Mercedes lets the sun shine in one last time with SLC Final Edition convertible

The Mercedes-Benz SLC convertible sports car is going out of production. Launched in 1996 as the SLK, the model has been a fixture in the Mercedes-Benz lineup across three generations.

Aston Martin’s next hypercar, due in 2021, will pack a hybrid powertrain punch

Aston Martin will follow up the Valkyrie and Valkyrie AMR Pro with a new hypercar, code-named Project 003. The car will debut in 2021, with production limited to 500 units worldwide.

Apple opens up about its self-driving car program in letter to NHTSA

Apple has traditionally kept details about its self-driving car technology under wraps, but it has revealed details about the program in a rare instance of openness. The company takes safety seriously.

Tesla will release fully self-driving cars in 2019 — with a big asterisk

Tesla reaffirmed its goal of releasing a fully self-driving car by the end of 2019, but it warned the system won't work perfectly 100 percent of the time. Convincing regulators that it's safe to use will require some effort, too.

Consumer Reports bumps the Tesla Model 3 off of its list of recommended models

The Tesla Model 3 is one of the six new cars that have lost their coveted Recommended rating from Consumer Reports over reliability concerns. In 2018, Model 3 owners reported body trim falling off and problems with the car's glass.