Every Porsche Model Will Soon Have a Hybrid Variant
May 15, 2013 2:07 PM
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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
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
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
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
, will also be available with a hybrid powertrain. And we can't forget that tech-laden
-- 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.
World Car Fans
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RE: they wont sell
5/16/2013 11:34:46 AM
It's also about US CAFE, which is based on footprint. Basically we tell people that if they're going to drive a small car, it has to get really really good gas mileage, but if they want to drive a bigger car, it's OK if the gas mileage isn't as good. CAFE, as it's been revised, punishes Porsche for making the 911 far more than it does the manufacturers of larger cars that get lower mileage than the 911. When Car and Driver reviewed the CAFE changes, it hit Porsche harder than any manufacturer, even though their fleet mileage wasn't nearly the lowest.
RE: they wont sell
5/16/2013 1:13:15 PM
Ah, but in the coming years Porsche's CAFE numbers will fall under the umbrella of it's corporate parent, Volkswagen AG. That will give them far more leeway then if they had to stand on their own.
They are doing the hybrids for multiple reasons. CAFE, differentiation, technology development. A company with engineering prowess of Porsche is bound to be interested in the challenge of hybrid powertrains and EVs. Porsche exists to do more then sell 911s.
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