Here we go again.
The automotive world is quickly moving away from the internal combustion engine due to its dirty habit of polluting the atmosphere and is making big moves towards an electric future, but the performance car scene is still dominated by gas-powered engines. Manufacturers such as Porsche have been hard at work curbing the emissions of its powerplants, but the German manufacturer has made mistakes in the past when testing the emissions on its 911. Now it has been revealed that the company has ordered a stop-sale on certain high-trim models due to a performance option that is causing worrying amounts of excess emissions.
According to Business Insider, Porsche fans have been turned away from dealerships for enquiring about certain models. In an email, one customer said that "My dealer won't sell me a [2014 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S] with Sport Chrono due to a stop-sale, which applies to a ton of cars Porsche makes."
The Sport Chrono Package is an optional extra that allows the driver to select different driving modes, including "Normal" for everyday driving, "Sport" for livelier moments, and "Sport Plus" for hardcore track action.
Porsche recently found out that cars driven in Sport Plus mode would emit more nitrogen oxide than allowed by law.
Porsche confirmed to Business insider that it issued a stop-sale of certain models in November 2020, including cars such as the 911, Panamera, Boxster, Cayman, and Cayenne. The stop-sale affects cars built between 2011 and 2016. "Not every model line we've tested is affected, so it really goes down to us testing every model derivative. We're being cautious," a Porsche spokesperson told reporters.
Porsche is currently testing a software update that should fix the excess emissions but is yet to announce when it will be ready to roll out, or when sales will resume.