Porsche says it is not working on a hybrid version of the 911

Article by Christian Andrei, on May 27, 2011

To make Porsche models more efficient, hybrid powertrains and lightweight materials will be used. However, sources say that Porsche will still be working on eco tech to offer a gratifying driving experience. In an Autocar interview, Panamera Hybrid development chief Michael Steiner said that Porsche seeks to modify how power is delivered in its electric powertrains so that the driving experience will be “more Porsche-like.”

From the moment electric motors start turning, they’re already producing their peak torque. This is a useful characteristic but it may lead to a homogenization of the acceleration experience, especially that similar sounds are produced.

Steiner said that Porsche wants to combine PDK dual-clutch transmissions with electric motors so that the driver is persuaded to rev more even if this will be a bit less efficient. Steiner told Autocar that these targets mean that a range-extender is not viable.

He said that the company wants to offer the “driving pleasure” that is the result of having a responsive engine. He added that extended-range EVs are not appropriate for Porsche.

It was speculated that the new 911, which is expected to be unveiled at the Frankfurt motor show this autumn, will have an F1-style KERS hybrid system available throughout its range but Porsche insiders have denied this.

The high-level insider dismissed this report as “nonsense” and said that presently, the system is applied to a race car and there’s nothing else planned. He added that the new 911 won’t get a hybrid version in the “foreseeable future.” He thinks that if this does happen, it’s most likely that it will be as a plug-in.

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