Slow and silent? Porsche set to hybridize every one of its models, including the 911

Porsche Panamer S E-Hybrid

Within the next few years, Porsche will include hybrid drivetrain technology in all its models, including the 911. Don’t think for a red-hot second that this spells some kind of neutering of Porsche’s fire-breathing sporting machines. Hybrids don’t have to be wimpy, just look at the Porsche 918 Spyder supercar for a perfect example.

Porsche’s widespread hybridization represents a big push by the German automaker to reduce emissions and fuel consumption. Starting somewhere around 2016, the newfangled Porsche hybrid powertrain system will be included in the next-generation Panamera S E-Hybrid, which will replace the current Panamera Hybrid.

porsche-tech-5

The E-Hybrid will have an all-electric range of 11- to 23-miles and an EV top speed of 86mph running on its 94 horsepower electric motor. When E-Hybrid kicks on its supercharged 3.0-liter V6, it should be good for 168mph.

According to Autocar, Porsche sought out weight saving at ever level of the new E-Hybrid, including the wiring. In place of the standard copper wire loom, Porsche has designed an aluminum loom instead.

Interestingly, to meet the new European Union’s emissions standards, the new E-Hybrid gasoline V6 won’t be allowed to couple to the standard eight-speed automatic transmission for the first 30 seconds until it has pre-heated the catalytic converters. This means if the onboard battery pack is flat, you won’t be going anywhere for a half minute. The E-Hybrid, then, will not make for an idea getaway car.

porsche-tech-3

Porsche is said to be working on an induction charging system, which will be able to be installed into most standard garage floors. For wired charging, however, the E-Hybrid will recharge in 3.8 hours on 120-volt and 2.3 hours on 220.

This is all very exciting us here at Digital Trends. While the Panamera S E-Hybrid sounds very clever indeed, we’re most intrigued to see how the new hybrid powertrains will affect the 911’s performance going forward.

For those of you who bemoan the PDK transmission supplanting the seven-speed manual across most of the 911 range, save the entry-level, you better cherish it (or buy it) while you can. We can virtually guarantee the next-gen 911 with E-Hybrid drivetrain bits will not have a manual at any level.

Cars

Adventurous and electric, Porsche’s second electric car will fill a new niche

Porsche surprised us at the Geneva Auto Show with an electric station wagon named Mission E Cross Turismo. Though it's a concept car, it could become a production model after the Mission E sedan arrives in showrooms.
Cars

Porsche’s all-electric Taycan sedan will cost less than a Panamera

Porsche's Mission E concept won't change much as it transitions to a production model named Taycan that's scheduled to arrive in 2019. That means the sedan will keep the sleek design and its 800-volt charging system.
Cars

Race car or daily driver? Choose either with the 2019 Porsche Panamera GTS

Porsche has expanded the Panamera lineup with a midrange, GTS-badged model. Part race car and part daily driver, it's the variant we've been waiting for since the current-generation Panamera arrived in 2017.
Cars

Porsche upgrades German factory to build Taycan electric cars

A Porsche factory that currently builds the automaker's popular sports cars will soon begin churning out Taycan electric cars. In preparation, Porsche is upgrading the factory to be high tech and low emissions.
Cars

At 503 mph, Turbinator II is the world’s fastest wheel-driven vehicle

The Turbinator II is a four-wheel drive streamliner powered by a 5,000-horsepower helicopter engine, and it just achieved 503.332 mph at the Bonneville Salt Flats. That's an unofficial record for a wheel-driven car.
Cars

Lyft has a new fixed-price subscription plan for frequent passengers

Lyft wants you to save money by using rideshare services instead of owning a car. The new Lyft All-Access Plan monthly rideshare trip subscription includes 30 rides a month with a small discount for additional trips.
Product Review

Audi's new A8 is so sophisticated and serene, it practically deletes potholes

The 2019 Audi A8’s outline looks promising: Level 3 autonomous driving capability, haptic-feedback infotainment screens, rear-wheel steering, Matrix LED headlights and OLED taillights, plus a predictive suspension.
Cars

Could the next Mazda3 boast a fuel-saving breakthrough in engine tech?

Mazda released a teaser video that likely previews the next Mazda3. Expected to make its global debut at the L.A. auto show, the next 3 will wear a more curvaceous design and offer one of the most advanced engines in the automotive…
Cars

Workhorse takes on diesel with lighter, cheaper NGEN-1000 electric delivery van

Ohio-based Workhorse Group claims its new NGEN-1000 electric delivery van costs the same as a conventional diesel van and can haul a similar amount of cargo. A lower curb weight makes this possible.
Cars

Forget transponders with Peasy’s nationwide pay-as-you-go toll service

Verra Mobility launched Peasy, a consumer highway and bridge toll payment service. Designed to be less hassle than managing traditional transponder or toll tag accounts, Peasy pays tolls as they are levied across most of the U.S.
Cars

Just 10 people will get to put this limited-edition Audi R8 in their garages

The 2018 Audi R8 V10 Plus Competition makes use of Audi's motor sports experience to turn up the performance dial. Decreased weight and increased aerodynamic downforce make this R8 a track monster.
Cars

Bored with stock? The best tuner cars are begging to be modified

Modification has been around almost as long as the automobile itself. Here are 25 of the best tuner cars you can find, ranging from American muscle standouts to Japanese drift cars.
Cars

Tesla keeps promise with more affordable Model 3 with midrange battery pack

Tesla is keeping its promise of making the Model 3 gradually more affordable. The company released a new variant of the car with a mid-range, 260-mile battery option that's priced under the $50,000 mark.
Cars

The snake escapes: Ford’s 700-hp Mustang GT500 slithers online ahead of schedule

The Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 will return in 2019 with over 700 horsepower, Ford confirmed at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show. The GT500 will be the most powerful Ford production car ever.