New electric module could see Porsche offering hybrid versions of the 911, Cayman and Boxster as well.
If you had told us a few years ago about hybrid sporscars, we would have said you were nuts. But that was before the new LaFerrari, McLaren P1 and Porsche 918 opened the doors. Not only are Acura, Infiniti and BMW all preparing hybrid halo sportscars, but Porsche is reportedly preparing to roll out gasoline-electric versions of its entire range. Following the release of the 918 and hybrid versions of the Cayenne and Panamera, Porsche will reportedly hybridize the 911, Cayman and Boxster in the near future.
Rather than port over the technology in one of its existing hybrids, Porsche is reportedly developing a new module that will more easily be slotted into the two-door models. PistonHeads reports that the new system will incorporate an electric motor, battery pack, cooling systems and all the clutches it could need into one tidy package. Now that Porsche is part of the larger Volkswagen group, the technology could even be ported over to other upscale divisions under the same umbrella, most notably Bentley. One way or another, though, you can expect more high-performance hybrids to come silently speeding around the bend.