The partially-electrified 911 is at least 4 years away.
The all-new Porsche 911 (992) is finally here, and while we won’t see a fully electric 911 anytime soon, Porsche has confirmed that a 911 Hybrid is under development.
Not much is known about the 911 Hybrid, but in an interview with Auto Express, Porsche 911 product line director August Achleitner stated that “It will be the next evolution of this car [and] that means at least four years from today.”
In other words, the hybrid 911 won’t arrive until at least 2023, likely when Porsche introduces a facelift for the 992. While that seems like an awfully long time to wait, Achleitner says the German automaker is cooking up something truly special, a car more like the 919 Le Mans car and not a Panamera or Cayenne hybrid.
Auto Express speculates that the 911 Hybrid will use an exhaust energy recovery system and a lithium-ion battery that will power the front wheels rather than a conventional plug-in hybrid set up.
How do you envision the electrified Porsche 911?
BMW Vision M Concept Is A Stunning And Futuristic M1
Does this concept preview a more-powerful i8 successor or even a supercar wearing the M1 badge?
BMW has unveiled the BMW Vision M Next concept, a design study that could do the iconic M1 some serious justice, though it also looks like a next-generation i8. Like modern concept cars, it is an electrified vehicle with autonomous tech.
More specifically, the Vision M Next concept is powered by a rear-mounted turbocharged four-cylinder engine and two electric motors — one on each axle — that generate a combined output of 600 horsepower, enough power for a 0-62 mph (100 km/h) acceleration time of 3.0 seconds and a top speed of 186 mph (299 km/h).
The electric drivetrain is also capable enough to let the Vision M Next travel up to 62 miles (100 km) without the gas engine.
In keeping up with the Jones, the BMW Vision M Next concept features autonomous driving capability for when you have places to go but just don’t feel like driving all that much. It can also park itself after reaching your destination.
Depending on who you ask, the futuristic exterior looks like a sci-fi M1 (it gives of strong TRON vibes) or a more angular i8 with unique color blocking at both ends. The front and rear portions are finished in a matte neon Thrilling Orange paint job that pop against the rest of the exterior’s silk-matte Cast Silver metallic paintwork, while the front rims have a traditional silver-and-black two-tone finish and the rear sets boast Thrilling Orange inserts that match the body.
The interior is just as radical as the exterior and is accessed via gullwing doors that can be opened and closed with a mere glance thanks to a facial recognition system. The cockpit features a sleek digital dashboard, a curved glass center display, and an augmented reality head-up display.
BMW says the Vision M Next “provides a glimpse into the future of sporty driving” but didn’t announce any production plans. Would you like to see it go from concept to reality? Let us know in the comments below.
Hotter Acura NSX Type R With 650 HP Is Speeding Your Way
In addition to the extra power and unique styling touches, expect suspension and brake upgrades.
Acura is reportedly working on a higher performance NSX adorned with the Type R badge.
The Acura NSX Type R will benefit from a long list of performance upgrades to should allow it to better compete with the McLaren 570S and other rivals, not the least of which is an increase in total output from 573 to 650 horsepower.
According to Forbes, Acura’s flagship supercar will also have a stiffer suspension, steering enhancements, bigger carbon-ceramic brakes, unique carbon aerodynamic elements, and interior enhancements.
The improvements should drive pricing above $200,000 — a premium of at least $40,000 over the basic NSX.
If the report is true, the Acura NSX Type R will make its official debut at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show. What are you hoping to see?
Maserati Will “Never” Be All-Electric, Here’s Why
“This is a brand that needs combustion engines” and “raw emotion.”
Maserati promises that its electrification push won’t result in a lineup consisting entirely of pure battery-powered vehicles.
When parent company Fiat Chrysler Automobiles vowed in 2017 that every new Maserati model would be electrified starting in 2019, it didn’t make clear what that entailed exactly. We presumed the initiative would begin with a series of mild hybrids before expanding to plug-in cars.
Well, Maserati North America head Al Gardner has provided some clarification, revealing that the luxury marque will never become an all-electric brand.
“This is a brand that needs combustion engines,” he said in an interview with Motor Trend. “It needs that raw emotion.”
In fact, Gardner wants to see Maserati return to its motorsport roots. It was founded as a race car company in 1914 and remained race-focused until 1947 when it introduced the A6 grand tourer.
FCA is hard at work on several hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrains and an all-electric version of the upcoming Alfieri sports car (pictured), with the intent of having a full suite of electrified Maserati vehicles by the end of 2022.