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Yes, even your precious 911 will be available in hybrid trim

If you're a car enthusiast that has been following happenings at Porsche, you may have noticed that the German automaker is starting to embrace alternative powertrains for its vehicles. The company started off by providing hybrid versions of its Cayenne crossover utility vehicle and its Panamera sports sedan/hatchback/whatchamacallit. The company has even introduced a diesel version of the Cayenne for those that prefer oil burners.
Now that Porsche is going full-bore with hybrid technology in the Cayenne and Panamera, it was only a matter of time before the other three members of the family received the same attention. That's right, the Boxster, Cayman, and the iconic 911 will soon be available in hybrid variants. We first heard inklings of a 911 hybrid when the current 991 iteration was still in development.

Porsche 991 911 Turbo S
The new hybrid models will feature a module that combines both the electric motor and clutch into a single unit according to World Car Fans. The electric motor is expected to deliver greater than 100 hp, and will be both air- and water-cooled.
With all car companies having to find ways to become more fuel efficient thanks to tougher government regulations, the hybridization of performance vehicles was bound to happen sooner rather than later.
This news also means that new crossover that will slot under the Cayenne, the Macan, will also be available with a hybrid powertrain. And we can't forget that tech-laden 918 Spyder -- that "hypercar" is rated at a combined 887 hp (608 hp from the V8 engine, 129 hp from the front-mounted electric motor, and 149 hp from the rear-mounted electric motor).
Although Porsche has used an immense amount of carbon fiber in order to cut weight from the chassis, all of the hybrid componentry (batteries, two electric motors) means that the 918 Spyder weighs in at a hefty 3,700 lbs without the weight saving, $84,000 Weissach Pack.

Source: World Car Fans

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RE: Why do you all believe hybrid is bad?
By BRB29 on 5/16/2013 9:56:38 AM , Rating: 2
then it would have less power and no instant torque.

RE: Why do you all believe hybrid is bad?
By Spuke on 5/16/2013 12:07:51 PM , Rating: 2
then it would have less power and no instant torque.
Name a tire that can handle "instant torque"? High hp, non-hybrid/EV cars can't handle high torque at higher rpms, what makes you think putting a ton of torque at idle make tires perform differently? Even F1 cars with basically custom made tires can easily blow them off. As far as power, you really don't think they couldn't get 900 hp without an electric powertrain? What was that you said about technology showcase again?

By FITCamaro on 5/17/2013 8:14:36 AM , Rating: 2
My buddies 454 LSX will be at about 800-900 horsepower once he throws a Procharger on it. Currently gets 22 mpg @ 72 mph cruise with "only" around 550-600 hp at the crank.

No hybrid technology required. Dynoed at 660 hp on the juice with a imperfect tune through an automatic and large stall.

And yeah instant torque sounds great until you think about how tires can handle it. Well. Other than maybe drag slicks. And drag cars also benefit from a completely smooth track with "glue" on it.

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