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Vonnen Performance is offering to convert Porsche 911 into a hybrid sports car for $75,000

The only hybrids that automotive customers can get now from Porsche are its Panamera four-door saloon and its Cayenne sports utility vehicle. While the German sports car maker has confirmed that it would build a hybrid version of the Porsche 911 sports car, that won't happen in the near term. For those who can’t wait for Porsche to offer a 911 hybrid, Vonnen Performance is offering to convert your sports car into one.

Porsche’s main reason for not offering a hybrid version of the 911 is that the German company still doesn’t believe that the current battery technology is on par with its expectations for its venerated sports car. But with the rapid pace that the battery technology is growing, that could happen in the next few years. Porsche chief executive Oliver Blume had said that a 911 hybrid may arrive on the mid-cycle refresh of the 992 generation, which should happen by around 2022 or so.

Because Porsche won't do a 911 hybrid now, Vonnen Performance is offering to do so for 911 models built between 2012 and 2016. This also applies for other Porsche offerings currently not having a hybrid version, like the Boxster and the Cayman. The conversion kit and the entire setup would cost a Porsche owner around $75,000.

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Alfa Romeo Giulia Coupe rumoured to have late 2018 release

A two-door version of the Alfa Romeo Giulia has been making a lot of noise around the web for quite some time now. And now, new reports from Autocar have been going around that a coupe variant of the Giulia is actually in the process of development, though there haven’t been spy shots to prove this. Apparently, rumours come from an inside source close to Alfa Romeo, and the model’s official release is supposedly scheduled late this year before it hits the market in 2019.

The Giulia Coupe is said to carry the “Sprint” or “GTV” badge, and is meant to be a more powerful version of the Giulia Quadrifoglio sedan. It will inherit some of the body panels at the front half, except with a different nose to separate it from its four door sibling.

Needless to say, a more sloped roofline suitable for a coupe is being worked on, together with longer doors and a refreshed rear. According to our source, the Giulia Coupe’s rear end will have a trunk like the BMW 4 Series, Mercedes C Class, and Audi A5 coupes. But further rumours suggest that there might also be a five-door version that the automaker is looking into, to go after the 4 Series Gran Coupe and the A5 Sportback.

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Lamborghini will stick with hybrids to retain brand’s unique engine sound

Lamborghini has made it a point for its future vehicles to have the same renowned exhaust note. That is why the automaker has put the focus on hybrids instead of going full throttle on building fully electric vehicles. Hybrids are perfect because they reduce dangerous emissions but customers and onlookers alike still get to enjoy the sound of its powerplant.

In an interview between CarAdvice and Maurizio Reggiani, Lamborghini’s Chief Technical Officer, we learned that the automaker looks at hybrid machines as the answer to carbon dioxide requirements. With a hybrid, they’re able to keep the natural aspirated appeal but reduce the CO2 emissions and fuel consumption.

Reggiani also mentioned that the future Aventador and Huracan will still retain their naturally aspirated engine, but it is not impossible for them to have hybrid assistance. The chief technical officer believes that this will have two major advantages: a better throttle response and the fact that it will provide a differentiating factor over turbocharged, supercar competitors like Ferrari and McLaren cars.

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Hyundai is working on RWD hybrid Genesis sports car

In the second quarter of 2017, Manfred Fitzgerald, boss of Genesis, denied any plans to build a halo sports car. Instead, he said that what the brand will concentrate on is to provide what majority of its customers want.

But without any notice, it seems like the guys from the premium South Korean automaker have changed their minds sometime last year. In fact, two executives from Hyundai confirmed that a new Genesis nameplate is already in the works. It’s possible that the clamor from the fans of Genesis was so deafening that the brand had no choice but to give in.

It was Luc Donckerwolke, vice president of Hyundai, and Woong-chul Yang, vice chairman or research and development, who confirmed the existence of this project to WheelsMagazine. They hinted that the vehicle will likely have two seats, and will be powered by a hybrid system. He mentioned that the key ingredient to the vehicle’s success would be the performance that it gains from its batteries and electric motors working together.

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During the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show in late October and early November, Subaru unveiled the Viziv Performance Concept. Described by the carmaker a sports sedan that builds on its race as well as on its rally heritage, the attention-grabbing Viziv Performance Concept provides a glimpse into the next generation of the Subaru WRX. Now, it seems the next-generation Subaru WRX would be heavily influenced by the design of the Viziv Performance concept.

As revealed by company design chief Mamoru Ishii to British auto magazine Autocar, Subaru is expected to release the next-generation WRX sports sedan in 2020. Ishii noted that when the Japanese carmaker unveiled the Viziv Performance at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show, the concept received very positive feedback. Thanks to the affirmative response gained by the concept, Subaru decided to transfer many of its design and styling cues to the next-gen WRX, Ishii added. This means customers could expect a number of similarities between the Viziv Performance concept and the next generation of the WRX sports sedan when the latter is launched to the market by the end of the decade.

The Viziv Performance concept is gifted with an aggressive yet elegant front end. Its decidedly aggressive front grille, taut body shape, sporty bonnet scoop and angular wheel arches as well as flared front fenders and sleekly sculpted waist all point to the kind of performance the concept might offer while pointing to Subaru’s “Dynamic x Solid” design direction. Overall, the Viziv Performance concept features a geometrical shape that would really look great when carried to the new Subaru concept. As Ishii remarked, these design elements would allow the next-gen Subaru WRX to look fast even when at a standstill.

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After the highly dynamic Polestar 1 two-door coupe – Polestar’s first ever production car -- was recently unveiled, not a few people’s curiosity was piqued as to how much they should shell out to purchase a unit of this 600-hp four-seater hybrid coupe. Sorry to say, but Polestar isn't planning to sell its first production model in a conventional manner. Not yet at least.

According to Polestar’s plan, customers could get hold of its Polestar 1 performance coupe only through its subscription plan. This means that no one will be able to buy the Polestar 1 coupe, but instead they have to become subscribers to the company’s plan. The subscription plan is good for two to three years. Once the subscription period has expired, a subscriber has to return the Polestar 1 to the company, or its representatives would knock on his or garage to pick up the performance coupe.

As for the returned model, it would be refurbished to return it to its near-pristine state, and would then be made available as a pre-owned model also through a subscription plan.

Read the entire article Polestar 1 will cost up to $177,000

After months of dropping online teasers, Polestar finally reveals its very first production car virtually. The Polestar 1 is a two-door coupe that gets its design inspiration from the 2013 Volvo Concept Coupe. It then shares an SPA platform that underpins the “90” series cars and the newest XC60. As for the hardware, half of it is derived from Volvo’s SPA, while the other half represents the partnership between Polestar and Volvo that’s made specially for this new product.

Therefore, the Polestar 1 is more than just a coupe version of the S90 Sedan, considering the fact that the four-seater has to step up its game when it comes to the powertrain. Having said that, its hybrid setup gives out an impressive 600 horsepower and 737 pound-feet (1,000 Newton metres) of torque.

Besides that, it comes with a battery pack that can let the Polestar 1 reach 93 miles (150 kilometers). The automaker claims that in terms of range, the sporty coupe can perform better compared to any production hybrid out there. This is also because the coupe’s body is made entirely of carbon fiber, therefore cutting down a lot of its weight, while improving torsional stiffness by 45 percent. There is an electric axle between the rear wheels with torque vectoring capabilities for more power and precise handling.

Read the entire article 600 hp Polestar 1 hybrid coupe is officially unveiled, production set to start mid-2019

The persistent trend in the automotive industry remains to be the shift to electric-powered models. While most brands are developing new products to achieving that end, customers and enthusiasts have been accustomed to hearing the word “delay” associated with Maserati.

All that is about to change with the recent announcement of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), Maserati’s parent company, outlining its green program. None other than CEO Sergio Marchionne revealed during a conference call with investors that at least 50% of the corporation’s range will be electrified, in one way or another, by the year 2022.

CEO Marchionne, who intends to retire by 2019, declared that given the fate of diesel in the Europe market, the issue has become mandatory. He said further that there will be no choice but to implement some degree of electrification when it comes to gas engines.

Read the entire article Maserati aims to build only EVs and hybrids starting 2019

McLaren is said to be designing the next generation of Sports Series, which could include a V6 hybrid among its powertrain options. It was earlier reported that the British automaker has a 6-year plan to develop hybrid electric powertrains for its supercars. McLaren however did not elaborate much on the details about its “Track 22” project.

In a recent interview with Car & Driver, McLaren’s CEO Mike Flewitt said that it’s all about the character. For them, it doesn’t matter if it is going to be a V6, a V8, a V10 or a V12 as long as its performance is good. Also, as much as most people love the “manual-shifting V12”, he thinks it’s rather outdated by twenty years. This is why they are not so attached to the “cylinder count” from the very beginning. Instead, the CEO pointed out the fact that they are more into “performance and excitement”.

Having just come out with V8 engines a couple of years back, the McLaren 570 S and 540C are still using the same updated engine versions of the V8. Though not yet confirmed, the current V8 could be replaced especially after Flewitt commented that they are working on a new V6 hybrid powertrain.

Read the entire article Next generation McLaren Sports Series could get a V6 hybrid drivetrain

By 2020, Audi will be throwing out not just one but three fully-electric vehicles. One of which will be pitted against the BMW i8. This new information was revealed by Rupert Stadler, Audi’s chief executive, during the recently concluded Geneva Motor Show. In an interview with Auto Express, Stadler confirms that the electric sports car will be introduced along with Audi’s upcoming SUV and new compact EV.

It is understood that the SUV will come out beforehand in spite its more complicated architecture. Stadler reiterates the growing trend for SUVs about 2 or 3 years ago which helped them arrive to this decision. “There will be a very emotional shape”, the chief executive said as he describes the SUV.

It is unclear however if the new SUV will be another Q6 but more or less, it will have some significant similarities. According to Stadler, Audi’s fully electric SUV will be using VW ID’s 168bhp electric motor with a battery range that can go between 200 and 375 miles. Afterwards, Audi will soon embark on the new sport EV. As also stated, this will follow shortly after the launch of the new electric sport utility vehicle.

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The next generation of the Volkswagen Golf GTI could be a hybrid unit when it is launched to the market in 2020. As a hybrid, the Golf GTI will be powered by the carmaker’s turbocharged 2.0-liter petrol engine as complemented by an integrated starter motor and a 48V electric system, according to AutoCar, citing sources privy to Volkswagen research and development chief Frank Welsch.

This development comes as Volkswagen has just refreshed the looks of the seventh generation of the Golf GTI. Likewise, the carmaker is in the midst of developing the next generation (eighth gen) of the VW Golf, which is bound to be introduced for the 2020 model year in 2019. The German carmaker is well expected to release the GTI version of the Golf a year later. It will boast of a higher performance than a regular Golf, and an electrified version of the 2.0-liter petrol engine could well serve the purpose. However, the exhaust gas turbocharger in the 2.0-liter gasoline engine will be replaced by an electrically operated compressor.

The current generation of the VW Golf GTI features a turbocharged 2.0-liter petrol engine – with direct injection -- that delivers 210 hp of peak output at 4,500 rpm and 258 lb.-ft. of max torque available at 1,500 rpm. On Sport trim or higher, the max engine output is higher at 220 hp. But for the eighth generation of the VW Golf GTI, the carmaker is working to reach intended power levels similar to those of the VW Golf GTI Clubsport.

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When Ferrari started putting turbocharged engines inside their models, plenty of people were wary and saw that move as controversial. A report by Automotive News Europe reveals that there is another potential controversy brewing as the brand is planning a widespread use of hybrid engines across its product range.

Many agree that it’s acceptable that the LaFerrari was fitted with an electric motor as it meant the power already provided by the internal combustion V12 engine could be increased. The LaFerrari was first revealed during the 2013 Geneva Auto Show. Back then it showed a hybrid system composed of a 6.3-liter V12 engine and an electric motor resulting in a combined power of 949 hp. This power is then transferred to the road through the automatic dual-clutch 7-speed transmission.

However, according to CEO Sergio Marchionne, the shift to electrification is meant to increase the volume of sales for the brand.

Read the entire article Ferrari will introduce more hybrid models starting 2019, CEO says

German automobile manufacturer Porsche announced that it will offer hybrid versions for all its models in the coming years. According to Porsche CEO Oliver Blume in an interview with German newspaper Westfalen-Blatt, a plug-in version of the Porsche 911 will be available to the public by 2018.

Blume added that while in the electric mode, the hybrid 911’s range is estimated to be at 31 miles from a single charge. The announcement follows a series of similar statements Porsche made in the recent past and is part of parent firm Volkswagen Group’s commitment to increase the availability of electric options - a calculated remedial move that it hopes could offset the negative publicity from the emissions scandal.

Just last month, Porsche made an announcement that it has allocated 1 billion euros ($1.08 billion) to upgrade its biggest plant in Stuttgart to allow it to manufacture its first all-electric sports car.

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BMW will celebrate its centenary in 2016 and it’s not the first time when we are talking about a supercar that will celebrate their anniversary. When the first rumors emerged on the Web, the vehicle was dubbed the i9, but today Automobile Magazine is almost certain that the new vehicle will be badged i8S.

The big surprise is that the new project will be spearheaded by Project I team leader Ulrich Kranz and the new program director Roberto Fedeli, who joined the Bavarian company from Ferrari. As expected, the new supercar will be based on the BMW i8 but will arrive with plenty of bespoke parts and our source describes it almost as a new car.

What’s more interesting is that the vehicle will ditch the rear seats in order to offer more space for the luggage. In addition, we will find larger tires, a redesigned suspension and stronger brakes. When it comes to power, the i8S will be more powerful than the i8 and currently, BMW is testing a twin-turbo 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 320 hp or a more potent 3.0-liter straight-six with a staggering 480 hp.

Read the entire article BMW i8S not the i9 rumored to celebrate company’s centenary

2016 is a very important year for BMW as the Bavarian carmaker is celebrating its centenary. In order to mark this event, BMW is planning a more powerful version of the i8 plug-in hybrid supercar, which will be called the i9. It’s not the first time when we talk about such a model and it appears that the vehicle will arrive as the third model to join the BMW I sub-brand, ahead of the i5 and the stretched version of the i3.

According to previous reports from automotorundsport, the model should be called i10 but due to the fact that Hyundai offers the i10, BMW can't use that moniker.

Autocar says that the new BMW i9 will use a new modular 3.0-liter six-cylinder petrol engine that will be found on the next-generation 7-Series. This means that the new i9 will be very fast as the i8 gets a 1.5-liter engine and already challenges well-known supercars.

Read the entire article i9 rumored again, will join BMW i lineup in 2016

Toyota updated the GT86 for the 2015MY back in April, which means that the Japanese carmaker is already working on the next-generation. Previous reports said that Toyota might use hybrid technology on the GT86 but it appears that this model will not arrive as such as model would not speak to the majority.

Apparently, Toyota engineers already have the performance hybrid technology at an advanced stage, but according to marketing director Fabio Capano, this model needs to make proper business sense.

Capano admitted that Toyota can create a GT86 with hybrid technology but it has to prioritise as the market for such a model is small while the costs involved are big.

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The BMW i8 was introduced in 2013 at the Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA) and made quite a buzz among petrol heads. Since its introduction, several media reports said that BMW’s M GmbH is planning an even more powerful version that was dubbed the M8. Today, the head of BMW M GmbH Carsten Preis ended those rumors by saying that the company is not planning an M version of the i8.

Apparently, the reason is simple: the BMW i8 was designed from scratch as a hybrid sports car and the carmaker is not planning to put a V8 engine under its hood. BMW believes that anyone can make a sports car powered by a V6 or a V12 engine that has a fuel consumption of over 20l/100 km but making a sports car that needs only 2 l/100 km is something different.

BMW tried to use a V8 or a 6-cylinder engine in the prototypes of the i8 but due to cooling problems, heat generation and the weight it decided to use the new 1.5-liter 3-cylinder engine. However, BMW is expected to offer a cheaper version of the i8 but there aren’t any details regarding this vehicle.

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Following Audi, BMW announced that from the autumn of 2014 it will offer headlamps featuring a completely new laser light concept, as an option, on the new i8 plug-in hybrid supercar. As expected, the new laser light will offer a significantly higher light intensity without heating up the surrounding area. Moreover, laser diodes are ten times smaller than conventional light diodes.

According to BMW, the size of the reflector surface can be reduced by a factor of up to ten vs. LED light. Furthermore, the height of the reflector was reduced from the previous 9 cm to less than 3 cm. If you don’t know, the light produced by the laser headlamp is also extremely bright, similar to daylight, and is perceived by the human eye as pleasant.

The BMW i8 is the world’s first production vehicle to feature this innovative light technology. Thanks to the new laser lights, the BMW i8 will be able to have a high beam range of up to 600 metres, which means more than double comparing it with the modern LED high beam. For those interested in the new BMW i8, you’d better know that this new German sports car comes with a 1.5-liter BMW TwinPower Turbo petrol engine that delivers 231 hp (170 kW) and a maximum torque of 320 Nm.

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Williams Advanced Engineering will provide the hybrid technology for the next-gen Nissan GT-R (R36), according to reports. In late August, Nissan had filed a trademark application for the "R-Hybrid" name. Obviously, Nissan wants to hybridize its supercar. It’s predicted that the all-new GT-R will be released towards the end of 2015 as a 2016 model year.

It’s also expected to feature cylinder deactivation and stop/start systems to improve fuel consumption and reduce CO2 emissions. But before the next-gen model arrives, the current model’s Nismo version will be released in the market next year. This vehicle is equipped with a more powerful engine, with an output of at least 570bhp.

In addition, it has a smaller curb weight, enabling the vehicle to accelerate from zero to 62 mph (0-100 km/h) in two seconds. The R35 GT-R Nismo is expected to finish a lap at the Nordschleife in 7 minutes and 18 seconds.

Read the entire article Next-gen Nissan GT-R (R36) will receive hybrid technology from Williams

A project to build a Toyota GT86 hybrid is “quite advanced now,” according to Koei Saga (Toyota’s senior manager for drivetrain engineering) in an interview with Autocar. He said that if he receives the green light, his team will be ready to do it. Saga suggested that the hybrid GT86's drivetrain may utilize a combination of existing systems that have already been seen on road and track.

They already have a hybrid system that can be used for this type of vehicle, fitted with the production passenger car hybrid system. It also uses the pure race-oriented hybrid system [in the TS030 LMP1 racer and Prius GT300 from Japan's Super GT series].

Even when front-drive is used on all Toyota-branded passenger cars, Lexus uses the same basic Hybrid Synergy Drive technology in its hybrids, such as the rear-drive-only GS 450h.

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