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Porsche to Offer Hybrid Version of Every Model

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On: Wed, Oct 20, 2010 at 11:59AM | By: Chris Weiss

Porsche to Offer Hybrid Version of Every Model

It's not yet clear if we'll ever get a chance to see the baby Cayenne (hoping not), but if we do, we'll also be seeing a hybrid version sometime thereafter. Porsche is in the process of some priority shuffling now that new chief Matthias Mueller is holding the reigns, and one of its priorities is making its line a little greener with a full injection of hybrid powertrains.

Porsche development chief Wolfgang Dürheimer told Auto News: "In the future we will have hybrid drive in every model." The automaker will use hybrid powertrain options to help it cut the carbon footprint of its line. It also indicated that it's considering using direct-injected turbo four-cylinder engine options to assist in cutting emissions.

Earlier this year, we got a good look at some of what Porsche has planned. At the New York Auto Show, the company debuted the new 2011 Cayenne S Hybrid, a model that slices fuel consumption by around 20 percent thanks to a supercharged V6 and electric motor that combine for 380 horses and 427 lb-ft. That model is already on sale. A month prior to that at the Geneva Motor Show, Porsche introduced the 918 Spyder Hybrid, a high-performing 718-horsepower sports car. The 918 was confirmed for production a few months ago.

Next year, Porsche plans to introduce a Panamera S Hybrid based on the Cayenne S Hybrid's powertrain. On his first day as president and CEO of Porsche, Matthias Mueller also indicated that Porsche is working on a plug-in hybrid version of the Panamera. While Mueller didn't confirm the model for production, he did mention being rather enamored with it after a test drive in a prototype. The plug-in version is said to be a performance model with an electric motor paired to the Panamera Turbo's 500-hp 4.8-liter twin-turbo V8.

Those hybrids would be followed by hybrid-spec 911, Cayman and Boxster models. Porsche didn't indicate an exact time frame for the full hybridization of its line.

In addition to smaller engines and hybrid powertrains, Porsche is looking to keep things light. Durheimer expressed the goal of keeping every new model at least as light as the outgoing version. Porsche is also working on carbon bodies to help cut about 100 lbs. of weight from their vehicles.

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