• Jan 7, 2010
Go to any major city worldwide and you're likely to see a Porsche 911 roll by. It's far more common than seeing one making the cornstalks blur in the middle of farm country, anyway. Porsche CEO Michael Macht disagrees that his sports cars frequent metro areas. "They're not driven in the city," Macht told the UK's Autocar when discussing hybrid 987s and 997s. Of course, city driving is where hybrid powertrains rack up fuel economy credits, which Macht acknowledges before dismissing by saying, "It's technically possible but it's not part of the plan."

Despite the verbot on hybrid 911s, Boxsters and Caymans, technology will be thrown at the sports cars to improve efficiency. "We want brake regeneration and stop-start for our sports cars, but not hybrid," explains Macht. Just because there's no hybrids other than the Cayenne doesn't mean Porsche isn't playing with electrons. "There are some efforts to make a pure electric supercar," Macht notes, though such a vehicle would have to be capable of running as hard for as long as the petro-fueled Porsche cars – no 30-mile ranges here.

[Source: Autocar]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      He's delusional if he really believes that Porsche's don't spend most of their drive time in urban areas, but I'm certainly glad a hybrid 911 is not coming.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Thank God! Hybrids are a faze that every liberal wants to jump on at the moment. They are not practical and nowhere near as great as combustion engines. Porsche needs to come out with a hydrogen combustion vehicle, not a battery/gas hybrid to put around in.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hooray for Porsche! Them and Aston Martin are avoiding the hybrid sports car thing. There's still some sexy power out there! Excited for what the Detroit show brings...
      http://www.cargurus.com/blog/2010/01/07/cars-coming-soon-sleek-sexy-power-coming-to-detroit
      • 5 Years Ago
      Thank goodness(!)...at least one manufacturer isn't jumping on the 'hybrid' bandwagon. And I agree: "hybrid" and "sports car" just doesn't mix. It's like oil and water! Thank you Porsche for staying true to what a sports car is, and for NOT bowing to the latest trend. Stick to your roots and your cars will continue to sell to those who appreciate them for what they truly are...real sports cars!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Hybrid and Sports Car CAN mix, it's just no one's bothered to do it properly yet. Keep in mind that hybrid doesn't have to mean anemic or fuel-sipping, it just means dual powertrains. I've long dreamt of the day when someone releases a hybrid supercar that has a big gas engine in the back for the rear wheels, and some electric motors driving the fronts. It would be the best of both worlds with RWD handling but AWD traction (without the complex drivetrain), perfect weight distribution (batteries can be placed anywhere) and the ability to run as a battery only FWD econocar for short distances. Also, the ability to do a four wheel burnout (fronts pushing back, rears pushing forward) and literally spin like a top is just badass: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WlAyaCKVBTQ
        • 5 Years Ago
        At least the 911's arn't being touched. That's all I care about.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Um... Porsche is making a hybrid, it'll be on sale this year (panamera), followed by another next year (cayenne). So this "manufacturer IS jumping on the 'hybrid' bandwagon".
      • 5 Years Ago
      I doubt most Porsches are driven enough to make hybrids worth while. Plus, I see many 10+ year old Porsches, older than batteries can be guaranteed to last.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Sticking to and improving solid engineering philosophy in the face of social fad techniques.

      Another reason why I love Porsche cars.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Wait... let me get this straight, our most vocal critic of porsche's move towards a lumbering suv and ungainly sedan is so home praising the brand for ignoring 'social fads' because they're not making the 911/cayman hybrids? Let's be real, porsche kowtowed to 'social fads' a long time ago. Being glad the sportscars won't feature batteries is awesome, but porsche's not immune to social fads, social fads make them money.
        • 5 Years Ago
        *some how, iphone ftl.
        • 5 Years Ago
        That is product planning, not quite the same as engineering.

        The Cayenne, engineering wise, is a very capable vehicle, and it's platform mate VW Touareg is as well.

        The Panamera is even better, technically, with PDK, and AWD the way that is laid out.

        I do disagree with their aesthetics, and begrudgingly accept that Cayenne is a cash cow to infuse the company with capital, and Panamera might go that direction, as well.

        But, in terms of engineering, they are well built by pretty much all accounts, and not gimmicky.
      • 5 Years Ago
      hybrid sports car = oxymoron
      • 5 Years Ago
      Good.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's about time someone laid the foundation of definitions for what we're going to call different 'stages' of hybrid.

      Some manufacturers would call start-stop and regenerative braking 'mild hybrids.'
      • 5 Years Ago
      Good for Porsche. Enthusiast cars shouldn't be hybrids, it goes against the natural order or something. I agree that they should tweak their cars for efficiency, but screwing around with something that is already so well packaged is just bad taste.

      Although i could care less about the Cayanne. Hybrid cayanne, sure.
      • 5 Years Ago
      BRAVO Porsche :)
      • 5 Years Ago
      Tesla is the proof-of-concept. It already outguns many Porsches and Ferraris in acceleration, has decent range and is priced competitively. The specialty Porsche tuner Ruf also built their own all-electric 911 using the latest technology available, and it shows that an all-electric powerplant package for the 911 form factor is indeed doable. It would certainly HELP if battery technology were more advanced than the Li-ions that manufacturers are currently stuck with, but even on that front advancements (and, more importantly, investments) are being made. Hybrid tech, while better than no advancement whatsoever, is still just a transitional technology that very much is a compromise when it comes to petroleum dependency.
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