CEO Michael Macht said today that Stuttgart based supercar-maker Porsche, not intending to build a hybrid version of its 911 or Boxter.
He also said that the only hybrid that Porsche will build will be the Cayenne SUV, which most probably will use a direct-injected, supercharged Audi 3.0-liter V6 engine rated at 333 horsepower, paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission.
Mated to a 52-hp electric motor, hybrid Cayenne will have a maximum output of 374 horsepower, enough grunt for a claimed 0-to-60-mph time of about 6.4 seconds (just 0.4 second slower than the V-8–powered Cayenne S).
“It’s technically possible but it’s not part of the plan. It also adds weight,” Macht said. “We want brake regeneration and stop-start for our sports cars, but not hybrid. They’re not driven in the city, where you get most of the advantages [of a hybrid].”
Macht also said that Porsche was, and is working at a full electric sports car, but until will not reach the performance levels of a petrol car; it will not enter in production.
“There are some efforts to make a pure electric supercar,” he said, “but if Porsche is going to do that it must have the same performance and the same range as now. We want to make cars you can drive every day.”