It looks as though Porsche is planning on leveraging their new controlling interest in Volkswagen to help them add some efficiency to their high performance vehicles. While Porsche had previously indicated that they would never put a diesel engine in any of their vehicles, they now seem to be reversing course. It looks like the image of diesels as performance engines is changing perhaps in large part due to the success of the Audi R10 racers.

It appears that Porsche have accepted the inevitability of new EU carbon dioxide restrictions and are now moving forward with development of the changes necessary to meet those requirements. Porsche has already acknowledged that the Cayenne and the Panamera would be getting hybrid drivetrains and now oil-burners like the V12 from the top end Audi Q7 could be in the cards as well.

[Source: Detroit Free Press]

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