• Oct 18, 2010
2011 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid – Click above for high-res image gallery

Fuel efficiency is a big deal for small sports car manufacturers. Boutique automakers and sports car specialists like Porsche figure to have a particularly hard time meeting rising efficiency and carbon dioxide emissions regulations all around the world because they don't manufacture vehicles that play in more fuel-efficient segments of the market.

With that in mind, it doesn't come as a surprise that Porsche is keenly interested in hybrid technology. Starting with the 2011 Cayenne and following with a similar hybrid system for the Panamera, Porsche plans to roll out fuel-saving technology across its entire model range.

That transition won't be an easy one. Both the Cayenne and Panamera use a front-engine layout and automatic transmission with an electric motor sandwiched in between, and such a system wouldn't work on the company's mid- and rear-engined models.

That's where the upcoming 918 Spyder comes in. According to Porsche development chief Wolfgang Duerheimer, "We want to learn how we can electrify all our sports cars in the future with the help of this short production run" of the hybrid 918 Spyder. In fact, all of Porsche's models are slated to be hybridized, says Duerheimer.

Other efficiency-raising efforts will include a 10-percent reduction in weight, increased use of carbon fiber bodywork and possibly even the return of four-cylinder engines, likely with forced induction and direct injection.



[Source: Automotive News – sub. req'd]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      OH NO PORSCHE!!! NOT YOU TOO!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Who on earth wants a 911 hybrid?
        • 4 Years Ago
        I don't mind if hybrid implies a KERS system but if it works like a Prius, I'll pass. No hate on Electric cars but when it comes to sports cars, nothing beats pure high octane engines.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Would you prefer a diesel 911?
        • 4 Years Ago
        I do.
      • 4 Years Ago
      If anyone can do it and do it right, it's Porsche. I say bring it on.
        • 4 Years Ago
        yup, the 918 proved porsche not only can do it right, but has spent a decade figuring out how to do it right. the most genius part? their manettino.

        put the car in eco for epa tests, leave it in race whenever you want. genius, utter genius and good decade ahead of the competition.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Say it isn't so, Porsche!!!

      918 Spyder... whatever. I'll probably never even lay eyes on one.

      Cayenne and Panamera... who cares, they are heavy anyway, as long as it is only an option.

      but PLEASE leave the 98x and 99x lines alone. The boxer sports cars should remain as pure as possible. If you need to put a KERS flywheel in the GT3-RS race car... modify the car after the fact.

      Don't compromise the design to make allowances for it. Leave the sports cars pure.
      • 4 Years Ago
      *takes cover*
        • 4 Years Ago
        Takes cover? I though this is what everyone wanted. Complexity and weight to satisfy the greenies. If I mention I can't stand hybrids, everyone wants to get their panties in a bunch. But as I scroll down and see the consensus, apparently not a lot of people like hybrids on sports cars(just as a I thought).
        • 4 Years Ago
        I drive a Boxster and am totally ok with this. Frankly I don't buy the global warming B.S. and have given the finger to a fair amount of prius drivers. But I know that Porsche has the engineerig skill to make these hybrids awesome to drive. Instant torque is not a problem in my book.
      • 4 Years Ago
      lol cue the sky is falling idiots. oh noz! 911 model number 21 will be a hybrid! 20 non hybrid choices to choose from? porsche is doomed! we're all idiots living in the 50s!
      • 4 Years Ago
      OMG can we please stop with this hybrid crap already!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Porsche should just pay the fines for not meeting CAFE. Pass it on to their consumers or worse, take from their huge profit margins per-vehicle.
      • 4 Years Ago
      -CENSORED- -CENSORED- -CENSORED- -CENSORED-ING -CENSORED-ING STUPID E.U. SCHMUCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I assume this means there will be a hybrid option in every model line. Not that every model will be a hybrid. I hope, at least.
        • 4 Years Ago
        um. duh.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Thanks for being obnoxious about it, zamafir. You really showed me.
      • 4 Years Ago
      They should be developing a 300hp, 1,200cc three cylinder bi-turbo that sits in a sub 2,000lb car with twenty eight airbags and seats for seven. But what do I know?
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