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The Panamera Sport Turismo Isn't Porsche's First Shooting Brake

March 14,2017 12:40

Is the new Panamera wagon the first time Porsche has flirted with a wagon-esque car? Nope.and more »

The Sport Turismo is the Panamera we've always wanted. It finally translates Porsche's hatchback shape into an elegant wagon–or, as Porsche is saying, shooting brake–that looks better than its sedan-hatchback-fastback counterpart.But is this the first time that Porsche has considered building a wagon and/or shooting brake? Not really.Way back when, Porsche made a 928 shooting brake, dubbed the 928-4 or 942. It built one example for Ferry Porsche's 75th birthday, no more. At first glance, it looks like a plain old 928, but then you start to notice the differences. The headlights are projector beams and no longer pop up. And, of course, the roof no longer slopes off like the regular 928. It becomes a traditional shooting brake with a long roofline and plenty of head room in the backseats.Advertisement - Continue Reading BelowThe b-pillar was also adjusted to make ingress and egress easier for the passengers in the back. This is a true shooting brake. The Panamera Sport Turismo, no matter how much Porsche wants us to believe it's a shooting brake, is a wagon. Four doors and a large rear hatch do not a shooting brake make. That doesn't make it less cool, though. If you want to see the real predecessor to the Sport Turismo, this might not be it. However, there is another 928-based concept that is closer to the real thing. The 1987 H50 concept was similar to that first 928 shooting brake concept, however it had the addition of two half doors at the back to make entry a breeze. It was also ungainly and kind of awesome.

PorscheObviously, it never made production. But what could have been.

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