It has long been reported that the next-generation Porsche 911 will offer a hybrid variant, but a top Porsche executive has come out and slammed the door on the company’s initial plans for such a model.
The Porsche 911 hybrid project had been on life support for months before the company’s head of 718 and 911 development, August Achleitner, confirmed to that next 911 will not be offered with a gas-electric drivetrain. His reason? The “disadvantages outweighed the advantages.”
As one would expect of a vehicle with an electric drivetrain (partial or full), those disadvantages included weight and price. That is, a plug-in hybrid system would have made the hybrid 911 notably heavier (several hundred pounds, in fact) than a normal 911, undermining its overall performance, and substantially more expensive, possibly to the point on unfeasibility.
Put who is Porsche kidding? With global emissions standard becoming increasingly stringent, the 911 will eventually go hybrid. We just have to wait a while longer for it.
Are you one of those purists who views a Porsche 911 as sacrilegious? Will the introduction of such a model make you less of a Porsche fan? Let us know in the comments below.
The Iconic Volkswagen Beetle Is Marked For Death
Scrap the earlier reports claiming the next-generation VW Beetle will be electric — there won’t be a next-generation Beetle!
Volkswagen’s push to fill its lineup with new SUVs and electric cars leaves no room for poor-sellers like the age-old Beetle, which has seen three iterations to date.
In an interview with at the Geneva Motor Show, Volkswagen R&D boss Frank Welsch revealed that there is no plans to replace the third-generation Beetle once it goes out of production, stating that “two or three generations is enough now” and that the Beetle was “made with history in mind but you can’t do it five times and have a new new new Beetle.”
Those Retro VW fans unhappy to see the Beetle go away will have to make due with the production version of the Microbus-inspired I.D. Buzz Concept, which is expected to arrive by 2021, while a convertible version of the compact T-Roc crossover will serve as a replacement for the Beetle convertible.
Yes, the VW is heading to the chopping block, but it will be around for a few more years before finally meeting its demise. Did it overstay its welcome?
Ferrari 488 Pista Kicks 488 GTB Up A Notch To Take On McLaren 720S
Ferrari applied lessons learned from competing in the FIA’s World Endurance Championship when creating the Ferrari 488 Pista, the hotter, track-focused version of the 488 GTB.
Pista is the Italian word for “track,” a fitting name for a car tasked with taking away the performance crown from the McLaren 720S. Power is provided by a 3.9L twin-turbocharged V8 that generates 711 horsepower and 568 lb-ft. of torque, 50 more horsepower and 7 more lb-ft. than the 488 GTB can muster. It is also 198 pounds (90 kg) lighter, tipping the scale at just 2,822 pounds (1280 kg) dry.
The engine is the most powerful V8 in the history of Ferrari, allowing the 488 Pista to go from 0-62 mph (100 km/h) in as little as 2.85 seconds and from 0-124 mph (200 km/h) in just 7.6 seconds before reaching a top speed of over 211 mph (340 km/h). That makes it 0.2 seconds quicker than the McLaren 720S to 62 mph.
To improve traction, Ferrari’s engineers managed to increase the downforce by 20 percent with a host of aerodynamic upgrades, including an F1-inspired S-duct, modified front air intakes, and a new rear diffuser, and a rear blown spoiler.
The Pista is available with Ferrari’s latest and greatest driving technologies such as Side-Slip Angle Control 6, E-Diff3, F1-Trac, magnetorheological suspension, and the Ferrari Dynamic Enhancer (FDE). FDE automatically adjusts brake pressure on the calipers as part of a Trick software that helps drivers make the most of the mid-engine supercar’s performance regardless of skill level.
Sales of the Ferrari 488 Pista kick off shortly after its world debut at the 2018 Geneva Auto Show. Do you now have a new dream car?
New, 2019 Porsche 911 Teased, Looks The Same
Porsche has released the first official teaser photos of the all-new, 2019 Porsche 911 (992), and things appear to be the same on the outside.
Presented in camouflage, the 992-generation of the iconic German sports car will have a very similar exterior design to its predecessor’s, but spy photos indicate a distinctively different interior that’s far more modern yet “timeless”, featuring a large center digital screen like the one offered in the new Cayenne and Panamera.
August Achleitner, lead engineer and director of the 911 model line, stated:
“Even where the public might be expecting a bigger ‘wow factor,’ in the long run a certain aesthetic reserve pays dividends… We know where we’re from and where we want to go. The decisive factor is that the 911 generates a driving feeling that no other car can impart.”
It won’t launch with an electrified powertrain like several reports have suggested, but there is a chance that a hybrid version could arrive later on.
Yes, the new 992 Porsche 911 doesn’t not look “all-new” from the outside, but why mess with a good thing, right? Expect a much better car in every other way, shape or form when it goes on sale sometime in the second half of 2018.