Hello, Hybrids: Porsche Adding Hybrid Forms Of Each Model, Including 911
October 18, 2010
by Andrew Peterson
Think Porsche's relationship with hybrid technology is simple flirtation? According to executives, it's quite serious. In addition to hybrid forms of its Cayenne SUV and Panamera sedan, the German automaker is planning on adding hybrid-electric forms of every model, including the 911, Boxster, and Cayman.
The not-so-surprising news comes from Automotive News Europe, which recently spoke with Wolfgang Dürheimer, Porsche's executive vice president of research and development. Although previous company executives expressed the need and drive to implement hybrid powertrains in Porsche models, Dürheimer revealed that no consumer model -- even the fabled 911 -- will be spared such technology.
"In the future, we will have hybrid drive in every model line," Dürheimer said. That isn't shocking, considering new regulations crafted by the European Union are pushing Porsche to cut its average CO2 emissions from 255 grams per kilometer to 216 grams within the next five years. Although there isn't a single silver bullet (in fact, the automaker is also talking about downsizing its engine portfolio and increasing its use of carbon fiber components), Porsche's brass view hybrids as a viable means of achieving this goal.
A hybrid form of the Cayenne SUV is already in dealers, and a Panamera hybrid will launch early next year, but expect the technology to eventually be applied to Porsche's sports car models, including the 911, Boxster, and Cayman. A hybrid 911 GT3 R racecar is already competes in GT Class races, but Porsche's first road-going hybrid sports car will be the new 918 Spyder. Dürheimer hopes the lessons learned in pushing the 918 into production will help the company "electrify all our sports cars in the future."
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