• Jan 7th 2010 at 9:54AM
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With Porsche getting ready to launch a hybrid version of the Cayenne this spring and a Panamera hybrid coming later, there has been speculation that Porsche would apply the technology to the 911, Boxster and Cayman as well. New CEO Michael Macht told AutoCar that the company had no such plans. The decision is based on the fact that hybrids provide the biggest benefit in urban driving and the company's sports cars tend to be used outside of that environment.

The extra mass of the hybrid hardware would be a detriment in those circumstances. That doesn't mean that Porsche is ignoring improved fuel efficiency in its sporting models. They will get technologies like brake energy regeneration and automatic start-stop. Porsche is continuing to develop an electric version of the 911, but it won't see production until it can match the performance and range of the gas-powered version.

[Source: AutoCar]
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      • 5 Years Ago
      And I have has no plans to buy a porsche. I thought they were awesome when I was 10 years old, but they haven't really made many innovative changes to improve their vehicles in the last 20 years.
        • 8 Months Ago
        Let me get this straight. You complain that Porsche wasn't innovative enough during the last two decades, but for some reason you decided to buy one of the (arguably) worst cars made in the past 20 years? And then you even have the brass to compare it to the Panamera?


        • 5 Years Ago
        Porsche Panamera innovations:

        "An important feature for fuel efficiency and performance is in the lightweight construction of the car which is thanks to the use of aluminium and magnesium, as well as plastics. Because of this and other reasons the Panamera S weighs 1,770kg (3,902 lbs). The rear seats offer tilting and adjustability too.

        The underfloor of the Panamera is completely covered to give it better air flow capability, while at the same time allowing for its sporty sound characteristics to be appreciated even from inside. Low-resistance tyres are included to further improve fuel consumption."


        • 5 Years Ago
        Aluminum vehicles have been around for a long time. 1,770kg is not a light vehicle.
        My craptacular chrysler seabring sedan made out of steel weighs less at a still hefty1474kg.
        Wake me up in 10 years when the "create automotive history" and "discover" carbon fiber.

        Covering the underbody, low rolling resistance tires is not new, the Prius has had these features for half a decade. Smooth underbodies date back to the 1935 Tatra T77a. Reclining seats? really? The new thing from porshe? That is so 1931.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Aww, Paulw's all sore because Porsche HAS made substantial improvements across its vehicle lines over the past 20 years... they have continued to improve the power, efficiency, and dynamics of one of the most prestigious marques in autodom.

        LOL. But he'll never buy one... who cares?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Releasing water cooled engines in 1998 was hardly groundbreaking. Releasing hybrids that get worse mileage than most normal cars is not innovative or worthwhile. To prove how cutting edge they are you reference a concept vehicle produced 100 years ago.

        Sounds like they have been basically going downhill since then.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "...but they haven't really made many innovative changes to improve their vehicles in the last 20 years."

        Now that's an ignorant statement. I suppose you consider moving from air-cooled to water-cooled in 1998 no big deal...

        The 911 (964, 993, 996, 997, et al) has been gradually and continually improved and refined, which is why it is generally considered one of the best sports cars in the world, period.

        Anyway, you CAN buy a Porsche Hybrid Cayenne, or a Panamera Hybrid, so leaving the venerable 911 unhybridised is not a tragedy.

        It shouldn't be forgotten that Porsche designed and built some of the first hybrid EVs, including the first hybrid 4wd ever.

        "The Lohner-Porsche Mixte Hybrid was one of the earliest hybrid vehicles, developed in 1899 by Ferdinand Porsche. It was a series hybrid, with four electric motors mounted in the wheel hubs and electricity delivered by batteries and a small generator. In concept and general layout, it presaged the Volvo ReCharge Concept, the Chevrolet Volt, the Opel Flextreme,the hybrid Cadillac Escalade, and other modern series hybrids."


      • 5 Years Ago
      It's only a matter of time.

      Hybrid is the new turbo, except better. With electric motors having 100% torque even at zero RPM's, a hybrid system can provide more boost, more quickly than a traditional turbo.

      The evidence of this is the KERS systems put into Formula 1 last year. The KERS system was not designed to save gas it was designed to provide additional boost for acceleration.

      While this may not be that popular with the sports car purists, in time they will come to realize that hybrids provide a performance advantage.and are not just for saving fuel.

      Over time we will see more and more sports cars add hybrid systems to provide additional boost........
      • 5 Years Ago
      'No plans for hybrid sports cars' but "They will get technologies like brake energy regeneration and automatic start-stop."

      Umm, what is the difference between a car with those technologies and a mild hybrid? Is it that the Porsche sports car will only have a beefier starter motor, not a an electric motor that can propel the car?
      • 5 Years Ago
      As a sports car purist and a Porsche fan (former owner) I say bravo. I would prefer they focus on reducing weight and engine size. I would love to see a 1.0 liter turbo Boxster that runs on CNG for example. I also think they should make an EV which would distinguish them from their main competition Ferrari. No I don't consider the Tesla a main competitor.
        • 8 Months Ago
        Interesting that Ferrari is developing a hybrid model of the 599......

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