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Porsche will expand its hybrid offerings into the realm of sports car in the future says the German automaker’s CEO. During the world premiere of the all-new Cayman R, Porsche Cars CEO Metthias Muller confirmed the upcoming launch of the new Panamera Hybrid as a followup to the Cayenne Hybrid. He then commented that Porsche is, “confident hybrid technology will find its way into sports cars.”
Currently the only 911 with a hybrid powertrain is the GT3 R Hybrid race car. Based on the GT3 chassis and powered by a traditional 4.0-liter flat-six engine making 480-hp the car also gets two electric motors that are used to power the front wheels, with 60 kW of power going to each axle. The driver can call up this extra power on-demand, giving the GT3 R a temporary all-wheel drive setup as well. The power surge is expected to last between 6 and 8 seconds.
In addition, Muller made remarks that would indicate Porsche is very close to introducing a Cayenne diesel model to the U.S., stating that dealers are asking for it.