Porsche CEO says no to hybrid sports cars

January 13th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

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Go to any major city in the world and you’ll probably see a Porsche 911 roll by. It’s a far more common sight than seeing one tearing around farm country.

However Porsche CEO Michael Macht disagrees that his sports cars frequent urban areas. “They’re not driven in the city,” Macht said in a recent interview when discussing hybrid 987s and 997s. Of course, city driving is where hybrid powertrains develop greater fuel economy, which Macht agrees with before dismissing by saying, “It’s technically possible but it’s not part of the plan.”

Despite the speculation on hybrid 911s, Boxsters and Caymans, technology will be thrown at the sports cars to improve efficiency. “We want brake regeneration and stop-start for our sports cars, but not a hybrid,” explains Macht.

Just because there’s no hybrids other than the Cayenne doesn’t mean Porsche isn’t playing with the idea. “There are some efforts to make a pure electric supercar,” Macht notes, though such a vehicle would have to be capable of running as hard for as long as the petro-fueled Porsche cars. So no hybrids for Porsche… for now.

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