Until now, at least. On Wednesday, the carmaker finally gave that very, very small portion of the planet obsessed with fast wagons what it's craved for so long: the production version of the Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo, making its debut at the Geneva Motor Show.
The "Wagon" in the name may have been left behind with the concept, but the Panamera Sport Turismo is very clearly that: a sleek, speedy-looking station wagon. The body has been redesigned around the new rear end from the B-pillar on back, with a new active spoiler integrated into the end of the roofline. At 105 miles per hour (or 56 mph in Sport or Sport Plus mode), the spoiler flips from an angle of –7 degrees to +1 degree, helping to glue the big Porsche to the ground at speed. And if the sunroof is open at speeds above 56 mph, it'll pop all the way to 26 degrees upright in order to cut down on wind noise.
This Porsche may be a wagon, but it's no replacement for a big SUV
Those aggressive lines don't necessarily translate to much in the way of added cargo room, though. With the rear seats folded down and the car loaded to the roof, the wagon offers a whopping 1.77 cubic feet of additional space back there. Leave the back seats erect and fill the car up in the responsible German way (i.e. without blocking the view out the back), and it only amounts to an extra 0.7 cubic feet.
But those rear seats do bring with them a Panamera first: the Sport Turismo is the first Panamera to be able to seat five people. Assuming you don't like one of them, that is; Porsche describes the back as a "2+1" setup, with the outboard locations designed as "individual seats." Based on that description and the picture in the gallery below, we'd say reserve that fifth place for emergencies and small pets.