The corks are popping in Stuttgart tonight after Porsche bagged a major gong at the annual Golden Steering Wheel awards. The Panamera Turbo Sport Turismo had been dubbed ‘best sports car of 2017’ at the ceremony, beating impressive competition from the likes of Honda’s new hybrid NSX and the Aston Martin DB11.
Now in their 42nd year, the Golden Steering Wheel awards and are known as the 'automotive Oscars' due to their international prominence. This year, 42 new models in five categories were put to the vote. Millions of readers of the German motoring magazine Auto Bild and its sister publications in more than 20 European countries were asked to vote for their favourite vehicles. After the votes had been counted, the 20 finalists were identified.
The next stage of the assessment included extensive comparison tests at Fiat’s famous Balocco circuit in northern Italy, where a panel of 53 industry experts picked over numerous facets of the competing cars, including driving dynamics, design and connectivity.
The Panamera Turbo Sport Turismo was awarded first place by five out of the eight judging groups, among them editors-in-chief, engineers and digital technology experts. Despite facing some seriously stiff competition in the form of more focussed two-seat sports cars and big capacity V12s, the Sport Turismo won the judges over with its unique combination of practicality, luxury and performance.
Rally legend Walter Röhrl was member of the panel, and seemed pretty smitten with the eventual winner: “Every Porsche is a true sports car, as the Panamera Turbo Sport Turismo impressively demonstrated in Balocco. It offers plenty of space, is suitable for everyday use and yet is still an absolute knockout on the racetrack. In particular, the steering precision is phenomenal!”
It seems the 550 hp (Fuel consumption combined 9.5 – 9.4 l/100 km; CO2 emissions 217 – 215 g/km) Turbo Sport Turismo really is the complete package, with its twin-turbo V8 making 770NM of torque via eight-speed PDK transmission to all four wheels. This means Porsche’s most practical and spacious family five-door can still hit 62mph in 3.6 seconds and run on to 188mph.
Dr Gernot Döllner, Vice President Product Line Panamera, attended the awards do in Berlin, and expressed pride and delight at receiving the coveted prize: “For the Panamera Turbo Sport Turismo to win such a prestigious award in the sports car category means a lot to Porsche, and makes me personally very proud. The Sport Turismo is a unique combination of performance, comfort and everyday practicality. The courage that Porsche showed in bringing to fruition a concept that is unique in this segment has been rewarded with this Golden Steering Wheel triumph. I would like to thank the readers and the panel of expert judges.”