Porsche will not build hybrid versions of the 911 and Boxster, according to CEO Michael Macht.
While the company will make a hybrid Cayenne, they have no interest in altering their sports car lineup. Enthusiasts can now breathe a sigh of relief. The Cayenne SUV and the 4-door Panamera have been a sore subject amongst Porsche purists.
“It’s technically possible but it’s not part of the plan. It also adds weight,” he said. “We want brake regeneraton and stop-start for our sports cars, but not hybrid. They’re not driven in the city, where you get most of the advantages [of a hybrid].”
Porsche has responded to the SUV/4-door backlash by saying the profits from such cars allows them to produce niche vehicles like the GT3. It’s been a hard pill to swallow but enthusiasts have forgiven them…until news leaked of a hybrid 911. But the fact is, without those mass production models towing the line, exclusive offerings wouldn’t be viable.
“There are some efforts to make a pure electric supercar,” he said, “but if Porsche is going to do that it must have the same performance and the same range as now. We want to make cars you can drive every day.”
However, they are considering a fully-electric version of the 911. But Macht added that Porsche doesn’t think the performance and safety of lithium ion batteries is yet good enough to use in an electric car or a hybrid.