Hybrid Porsche 911, Cayenne Coupe, turbo four and more coming soonFri, 09 May 2014 00:00:00 -0700
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles outlined its plans for the next five years on Tuesday. Not to be outdone, Porsche revealed some interesting tidbits about the next three years on Thursday.
To start: Porsche will produce several 700-hp hybrid versions of its Panamera sedan and stalwart 911. Reports say the technology will be handed down from the 918 to other “lesser” cars. Motor Trend guesses that Porsche could wedge one of its electric motors between the engine and transmission; we could expect to see cars in the 725-hp range.
The Cayenne will also get a hybrid option, probably wearing an e-Hybrid badge. It could slot above the Turbo cars, or below; all we know for sure is that the company already has a ton of variants. Adding more isn’t going to make it any less confusing. MT also expects a new 3.0-liter V6 twin-turbo hybrid motor to proliferate across the range.
We’ll also see two-door Cayenne Coupe in addition to a Panamera Sport Turismo, a shooting brake-styled vehicle. Porsche told MT that about 20 percent of Panamera sales would be of the Sport Turismo variety, and they’ll probably sell for about 20 percent more. Pricing for both could be around $185k.
Finally, we’re going to see a Cayman GT4 within the next three years. Pricing will undoubtedly aim higher than any Cayman ever built, but it ought to have the performance to match the sticker. That’s probably why Porsche needs a more powerful 911 -- to keep the models in order. MT guesses it will have the lightning-quick PDK from the GT3. Engine choices are still anyone’s guess. It could be a new 400-ish-hp turbocharged four or the company’s flat six.
In conclusion, we have a lot to look forward to from Stuttgart. We’re even a bit excited about hybrid motors that enhance the driving experience, like in the Panamera, instead of diluting it. However, we will need to ask for a raise to participate in this new near-$200k Porsche world, so click those damn ads and help a writer out.
By Jake Lingeman