Porsche R&D chief Wolfgang Hatz hints at a diesel-powered Boxster

Article by Christian Andrei, on May 8, 2012

Electric vehicles are not included in Porsche’s current strategy, prompting many observers to ask what the holdup is. Porsche R&D chief Wolfgang Hatz, who was at the 33rd Vienna Motor Symposium, had talked about diesel powerplants but said that pure electric vehicles are “not even close to series production with the current battery technology.”

This contradicts Porsche’s previous statement about testing the electric Boxster prototypes. It’s likely that Porsche isn’t satisfied with the results.

Hatz said that internal combustion engines will continue to dominate in the foreseeable future and that the diesel is a firm part of the VW Group’s current strategy.

Hatz said that what’s more important is that the company will offer variants that are more powerful. He added that it would be a mistake to refuse a Boxster diesel “for all times.”

This makes people wonder what Porsche’s diesel car strategy might be. First, there’s the conventional fuel economy and budget-minded direction. Porsche may consider diesels as a performance option, similar to how BMW has presented a new range of M line performance diesels.

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