Likely caught off guard by the ridiculously bonkers performance of the new Tesla Roadster electric sports car, Porsche is now working on a gas-electric Porsche 911 after previously shelving plans for such a model.
Tesla’s new Roadster can accelerate from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in under 2 seconds (1.9 secs, to be precise) and to 100 mph (161 km/h) in only 4.2 seconds, a level of performance unmatched by any production car to date, not even the mighty, 1,479 horsepower Bugatti Chiron. Production begins in 2020.
According to , the Porsche 911 Hybrid will be introduced a few years after the next-generation 911 arrives in 2019, meaning it could it hit the market around the same time the Tesla Roadster does.
As a hybrid, the 911 won’t be a fully electric vehicle like the Roadster, with Porsche targeting an electric driving range around 40 miles compared to the Tesla’s 620-mile range.
Porsche has yet to confirm development of the car, but a spokesman confirmed to Bloomberg that the next 911 allows integration of an electric powertrain. The German automaker was even reported to be looking at solid-state battery technology for future electrified versions of the 911 and Boxster.
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.
McLaren Senna Is Worthy Of Namesake – Hits 60 In 2.8 Secs, Top Speed Of 211 MPH
McLaren has paid tribute to legendary Formula One race car driver Ayrton Senna with a very special supercar, the appropriately-named McLaren Senna. Billed as the ultimate road-legal track car, the Senna is as intimidating in appearance as it is in performance.
Senna won the Formula 1 World Championship three times in a McLaren. To achieve an experience truly worthy of his name, the car combines a low vehicle weight of just 2,641 pound (1,198 kg), extreme power, lots of downforce and a new track-focused active suspension system to achieve space-warping performance figures.
It tips the scale at only 2,641 pound (1,198 kg), thanks to the use of McLaren’s third-generation carbon-fiber monocoque, and providing motivation for that lighweight body is a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 — McLaren’s most powerful engine ever to power a road car — that produces 789 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque. It boasts a massive hydraulically-operated rear wing that helps deliver 1,760 lbs (800 kg) of downforce
This combo allows the McLaren Senna to accelerate from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 2.8 seconds, to 124 mph (200 km/h) in just 6.8 seconds, and to a top speed of 211 mph (344 km). Should an owner ever line one up at the dragstrip, it will complete the quarter mile in 9.9 seconds.
Those are stats worthy of the Senna name, won’t you say?
Only 500 units of the McLaren Senna will be made, each with a price tag of around a million dollars. What do you think?
New, 2019 Chevy Corvette ZR1 Sets Lap Record At VIR, Crushes Ford GT
The all-new, 2019 Corvette ZR1 coupe, with its ridiculous performance figures, screams “record-beater,” so it comes as no surprise that it set a production-car lap record on the 4.1-mile Grand Course West at Virginia International Raceway (VIR) with a time of 2:37.25.
VIR is a technical and challenging circuit that’s often dubbed the Nürburgring of America. The previous record-holder, the Ford GT (2:40.02), unseated the Dodge Viper ACR (2:38.62) to become king of the track, a title it didn’t hold on to for long.
The only updates to the record-setting Corvette ZR1 were the addition of a harness bar and track seats with five-point harnesses. Everything else, including the eight-speed automatic transmission and the ZTK Performance Package that adds the adjustable carbon-fiber High Wing, a front splitter with carbon-fiber end caps, Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires, and specific chassis and Magnetic Ride Control tuning, either come standard or are part of the production car’s options list.
Of course, we would be remiss not to mention what powers the 2019 edition of this beast — a supercharged LT5 6.2L V8 that produces 755 horsepower and 715 lb-ft. of torque. Paired with the aforementioned eight-speed, it allows the American supercar to teleport from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in approximately 2.8 seconds before hitting a top speed of over 210 mph (338 km/h)!
Mark Reuss, executive vice president, Global Product Development, Purchasing and Supply Chain, stated:
“The Corvette ZR1’s lap record at VIR, arguably America’s most challenging road course, is a testament to its supercar status. On the racetrack, the ZR1 can compete with any supercar — at any price.”
The 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 coupe starts at $119,995 in the United States, while the ZR1 convertible kicks off at $123,995.