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Porsche Board Approves Hybrid Electric Spyder

Geneva 918 concept to become plug-in battery powered reality.

by on Jul.28, 2010

The Germans who originally scoffed at Toyota's hybrids are now copying the technology.

The Supervisory Board of Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, Stuttgart, today approved the development of the Porsche 918 Spyder.

The concept version of a Boxster based mid-engine sports car with plug-in hybrid technology made its debut at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show and at Auto China in Beijing earlier this year.

Porsche is claiming that the 918 Spyder will produce CO2 emissions of 70 g/km, corresponding to fuel consumption of 3.0 liter/100 km (94.1 mpg imp) in the New European Driving Cycle.

Porsche is also claiming the Spyder will have the performance of a high performance sports car, which is a return to its heritage even though Porsche now sells more trucks and sedans than sports cars.

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Defining “Porsche” has provoked quite a debate about the Southern German automaker, which made its name with small, fuel-efficient, extremely capable variants of Volkswagens, but has recently thrived as the maker of four-door sedans and sport utility vehicles.


Porsche Working on Electric Boxsters?

Pure EVs under study as CO2 regulations and stiff fines for gas guzzlers loom large in a government-influenced marketplace.

by on Jul.26, 2010

Three Boxsters are due to test new electric drive components and battery systems for a proposed all-electric Porsche sportscar.

Porsche AG is about to start testing Boxster models equipped with an all-electric powertrain, which could eventually supplement its hybrid models that are currently starting production.

The newly confirmed program is part of the Stuttgart Model Region for Electromobility initiative, which is being advocated by a local German government.

“We will definitely be offering an electric sports car in future. But such a concept only makes sense if it offers product qualities typical of a Porsche,” said Michael Macht, the President and Chief Executive Officer of Porsche AG.

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Defining “Porsche” has provoked quite a debate about the Southern German automaker, which made its name with small, fuel-efficient, but extremely capable variants of Volkswagens, but has since thrived as the maker of four-door sedans and sport utility vehicles.


First Look: Porsche 911 GT2 RS

Most powerful Porsche ever - image booster or the opposite?

by on May.13, 2010

The ultimate 911 accelerates from 0-60 in 3.4 seconds, has a top speed of 205 mph and laps the Nürburgring-Nordschleife track in 7:18.

The latest Porsche 911 model is without question the fastest and most powerful road-going sports car ever built in the history of the fabled German marque.

With horsepower increased by 90 and weight reduced 154 pounds (70 Kg) compared with the old 911 GT2 (last sold in the U.S. during the 2009 model year), the new GT2 RS has a power-to-weight ratio of 4.9 pounds per horsepower, the best ratio in its class.

While these numbers can be respected for what is a rare and ultra-high-performance sports car, taken in the larger context of U.S. energy independence, national security from terrorist-supporting oil nations, greenhouse gases and the latest ecological disaster – the BP oil spill/fish kill – they could be viewed differently. (Porsche Power Shift as Qatar Sheikh Joins Board and Hans-Peter Porsche Retires!)

Lightweight bucket seats of carbon-fiber plastic are standard, as are lightweight door panels with straps instead of handles.

Porsche is tacitly acknowledging the potential marketing problem it faces by touting the 2011 GT2 RS achieves a reduction of approximately 5% for both fuel consumption and CO2 emissions based on the European test cycle when compared with the previous GT2. It is engineering at its best. The question remains as to whether such a car is a positive or negative in image terms?

Moreover, insiders say the rating of the existing GT3 as a gas guzzler – currently Porsche’s only guzzler model on sale in the U.S. – was not part of the plan and is a cause for concern since the U.S. is still Porsche’s largest market, even at its now depressed levels. EPA ratings for the GT3 are 14 mpg city and 21 highway, very good given the performance involved, but perhaps approaching the lower end of the socially acceptable scale.

Porsche executives are hoping that the revised 3.6-liter six-cylinder boxer engine in the new GT2 RS will not be rated as a guzzler. Only time will tell, since the car does not go on sale until this October so it is not rated yet. And they were taken by surprise when the GT3 was dubbed a guzzler.


Sneak Peek: Inside 2010 Porsche Panamera

Automaker provides first look at 4-door’s interior

by on Feb.12, 2009

panamera-interior-41Anything’s possible, these days, including the idea of a four-door sports car from Porsche. (Remember all the skepticism when the German maker announced it would build a high-performance SUV?)

We’ve gotten hold of some shots of the Porsche Panamera’s interior, and thought readers of would like to slip inside the sleek new sports car, which is due to roll into U.S. showrooms on October 17th.

Here’s what Porsche has to say about the design: