Monday, October 18, 2010

Porsche planning hybrid for every model

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According to Porsche development chief Wolfgang Duerheimer, the company is planning to have hybrid drive in every model line in the future.

The hybridization began with the 2011 Porsche Cayenne S Hybrid earlier this year and will expand with a Panamera S Hybrid due on sale in 2011. According to Porsche engine chief, Heinz-Jakob Neusser, the Panamera hybrid will be able to travel about 3 to 4 miles under electric power alone. Porsche’s 918 Spyder electric supercar will also hit a limited production run within the next three to four years.

“We want to learn how we can electrify all our sports cars in the future with the help of this short production run,” Duerheimer said.

Porsche could also be looking into smaller engines to help cut C02. “If the CO2 guidelines require it, then our engines will become smaller and may have just four cylinders,” Duerheimer said. “The important thing is that the performance has to be right. The 911 must always be on the cutting edge.”

He said that he is looking into turbocharging and direct injection that could be used to transform a 4-cylinder powerplants into suitable engines for its sports cars.

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