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
Various news outlets have speculated that Porsche's first-ever diesel engine would be installed in the Cayenne SUV for 2009, and now Porsche CEO Wendelin Wiedeking has confirmed it. As previously reported, the oil-burner will be snatched from the Audi parts bin and reportedly be essentially unchanged in Porsche guise. That means 240 horsepower and 406 lb.-ft. of torque, plenty to get the hefty Cayenne out of its own way. Instead of spending development money on a Porsche-specific diesel engine,
Porsche announced yesterday morning that as early as this year, the automaker's engines will come into compliance with Europe's EU5 guidelines on CO2 emissions,which don't officially go into effect until 2009. More interestingly, they stated that it doesn't end there, as Porsche will be compliant with the even more stringent EU6 requirements at the same time. EU6 isn't set to go live until 2014, putting Porsche well ahead of the curve.
The idea of hybrid version of the Porsche Cayenne first surfaced well over a year ago, but now things seem to be firming up. At the Melbourne Auto show this week, Porsche's Australian managing director Michael Winkler revealed that a hybrid Cayenne would be hitting the streets in 2009 and it would be available in Australia. Winkler also said that the system is designed to work with any of the engines in the Cayenne lineup, rather than being limited to only one. That means a hybrid Cayenne Turbo