There was a time when hybrid technology was about saving gas, but now it’s all about boosting performance.
Looking into the future, expect Porsche to take advantage of the technology developed for the 918 Spyder to find its way to other models. What does that mean for Porsche enthusiasts? Don’t be surprised to see plug-in hybrid variants of the Porsche Panamera and 911 Turbo S packing 700 hp for the next generation of models. Those models will likely wear the e-Hybrid badge just like the 918 Spyder.
The next-generation Cayenne Turbo S could also be a candidate for a hybrid powertrain with more performance, but currently it’s unclear whether e-Hybrid models will slot above existing Turbo S models or replace them altogether.
The most exciting report coming from the Porsche camp is the development of a new GT4 model that will be introduced within the next three years. Based on the Cayman, the GT4 will pack power with a mid-engine setup and will be priced around $125,000 to sit above the Cayman GTS in the lineup. As for a powerplant, that decision might not come until the German automaker sees how the 919 Hybrid performs at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. If the powertrain is successful, the company will likely utilize it in the GT4, which means a turbocharged inline four-cylinder Porsche could be around the corner.
Speaking of four-cylinder Porsche engines, don’t expect to see a flat-four any time soon, if at all.
GALLERY: Porsche 918 Spyder
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