Among gas-electric hybrid powertrains, there are those like the Prius uses that tilt the balance of mpg vs. speed toward maximum economy, and then there are others such as by German makers and the Infiniti M35h, that offer somewhat better mileage and equal or better performance also.
On that note, Porsche, which already offers the U.S. the Cayenne S and Panamera S hybrid and has a 918 plug-in supercar and plug-in Panamera on the horizon, says it will offer a hybrid variant for every one of its models within the next several years.
So, for those fence sitters who think a Honda CRZ and other choices are too tame, assuming their budgets reach so far, they will have as a choice even a Cayman or 911 hybrid that may even be quicker than base gas-powered counterparts, while offering improved mileage and potential emissions output.
The initiative by Porsche which is controlled by VW Group is part of the automaker’s new philosophy to reduce fuel consumption at least when driving at everyday speeds.
This news was revealed by Daniel Semmer who spoke at the Porsche Panamera Hybrid workshop, and reported by Autocar.
The Panamera plug-in, it is said, exemplies the spirit of intent for phase one of a multi-stage plan. This car can operate as a plug-in hybrid and when running its engine, will reduce average rpm per unit of distance traveled, while relying on tricks including a stop/start system, and computer-controlled ability to coast with engine on or off.
Following the summer initial roll-out of the Panamera, Porsche is already revealing outlines of plans for a second hybridization phase projected in 2016-2017. It’s speculated the next-generation plug-in Panamera may receive this first. Hydridization by that time frame involves use of the new MSB rear-wheel/all-wheel-drive platform.
It will be water and air cooled, save weight with aluminum rather than copper wire looms, and offer more electric power and a more energy dense battery. The pending Panamera has only 94 electric horsepower, not a major portion of the 416 horsepower and 435 pounds-feet system based around a 3.0-liter V6 in the 4,618-pound (2,095-kg) car.
An induction charging system to complete integration of new high-performance Porsches into respective owners’ garages is also in the works.
While details are scarce on other future hybrid variants, the German automaker did say its hybrid module will be flexible enough to see adaptation in all models.
Being that they wear the “Porsche” nameplate, there is no way the company intends to water down the driving experience and performance potential in any way that would disenfranchise its fan base.
The company also has some stout diesels, but hybridization is seen as a technological path worth opening up for all its offerings in a way that will not dilute but possibly concentrate to some degree the formula that has made Porsche what it is today.