Porsche is again talking about it’s hybrid super car, capable of 200 mph and producing over 700 horsepower. The special and expensive hybrid was debuted at the Geneva motor show, but as of this posting Porsche will not be putting it into production. For this thing to even be viable for production, there would have to be pre-sales of at least 1,000 units, each costing around $630,000.
One Porsche rumor floating around right now is that there have been around 2,000 people interested, but not committed in price. Although promising production if 1,000 sold, Porsche has not made an official announcement for plans on making the Porsche 918.
About the Porsche 918 700 HP Hybrid
According to Porsche the 918 is powered by a 500 horsepower V8, assisted with 2 electric motors, which add another 200+ horsepower. This combination allows the Porsche 918 to achieve speeds in excess of 200 miles per hour and a 0-60 mph in just 3.2 seconds. Bonafied super car specs and from a hybrid!
So what makes the Porsche 918 so special, with it’s ‘hybrid’ name? According to Porsche’s research and development team, the drive train combination should be able to achieve 79 miles per gallon. 79 MPG! Furthermore, the 918 has a selective drive type that allows the super car to run on electric motor only, for limited distances.
Help make sure the Porsche 918 makes it to production, call Porsche and tell them you want one.
Not everyone loves a convertible, some love the muffled sound of a mid-mount 3.4 liter engine red lining at 7,200 RPMs. The Cayman S is not just a sports car according to Porsche, it’s a Porsche. The latest Cayman S has been built with efficiency in mind, reduced emissions, and very capable power.
It’s hard to confuse the new Porsche Cayman S with any other car on the road or even another Porsche for that matter. The design features broad curves and dips that are unique to the Cayman styling. Enlarged front air intakes and side vents hint at the power that the Cayman S is capable of. The Cayman S model will be trumpeting 320 horsepower which will provide a top speed of 172 mph and a 0-60 in just 4.9 seconds.
Amazingly enough the Porsche Cayman S is also capable of 26 miles per gallon, if equipped with the manual transmission. Power, looks, and the Porsche emblem doesn’t come cheap, sticker on the 2010 Porsche Cayman S is a little over $61,000.
Toyota isn’t the only one having recall issues as of late, although Toyota tops the quantity of recalls, high end cars are not without problems as well. Today Porsche recalled all 11,300 Panameras built to fix a seat belt issue, a malfunction in the seat belt tensioner.
It should be noted that Porsche has always received top marks from J.D. Power and Associates for quality and it’s a sobering reminder that no one is perfect. It’s also worth noting that the recall is a minor one compared to the headlines coming from Toyota lately.
Today Toyota announced another recall, this time affecting the 2003 Sequoia. The item affected in this model year is a potentially malfunctioning stability control system. I would think by now Toyota would be offering a special Recall Promotion Event, to help move some cars out the door.
When I say ‘Entry Level’, generally a price tag of $75,000 is not the first thing that comes to mind. I’d normally consider in the neighborhood of at least $30,000 or under, even when talking about Porsche. No such luck with the new Panamera, which will soon be offered in a base line model, retailing for $74,400.
Don’t expect to get a Turbo Charged V8 for that price either, this will be a small V6 power plant. But don’t worry, it will still be all wheel drive and be potent enough to hit the 300 horsepower mark. Basically you are purchasing a more fuel efficient Porsche wagon, to those that it appeals to.
My guess the new base line Panamera will appeal to fleets and companies looking to buy high end cars. If you are in the market to spend $75k on a new car, how do you not have the extra cash to buy the nice one? Again, the Panamera doesn’t appeal to me in the slightest, so obviously I’m not the target market.
The Porsche SUV never really made sense to me, at least from a familiarity perspective. Why would a company known for their sports cars ever want to enter the suburban sport utility market? Greed perhaps? I don’t know, but it never jived with my understanding and sticking to core competency has always worked in the past. Well, Porsche is throwing my thoughts all out of whack again, by introducing a green Hybrid version in the 2011 Cayenne.
The 2011 Cayenne S Hybrid is a parallel hybrid, meaning it will use both it’s gasoline engine or electric motors for power. Depending on the load and demand the Cayenne S is capable of operating on electric or gasoline alone and a combination of the 2 when necessary. The internal combustion engine side of the Cayenne hybrid remains pretty potent, with a V6 super charged to 333 horsepower. The electric side of things is a completely different story, with some very misleading numbers.
Electric power can confuse age old wisdom about cars and how they operate. Consider that the electric motor in the Porsche Cayenne S Hybrid only produces 52 horsepower, but is capable of up to 210 ft lb of torque. This means for normal load the electric motor will get the wheels turning up to speed with it’s impressive torque figures and keep its constant speed with the minimal horsepower.
According experts allowed to play with the 2011 Cayenne hybrid the V6 Hybrid version of the SUV does a convincing job of pretending it’s got a V8 under the hood, sans sound. So if the new Cayenne S proves to be successful, how long before we see the same technology introduced into it’s other line up of performance vehicles?
Porsche has announced that an entry level Porsche 914 is a priority for 2010. Although shelved some time ago, the 914 Boxster would be set at a price point that would make owning a Porsche easier than ever, although exact prices have yet to be disclosed. Furthermore, it’s not been announced if the 914 name will be used or some other poor man’s Porsche name will be attached.
But this got me thinking, at what price would a Porsche have to be to be considered entry level? A brand spanking new Porsche Boxster will run you around $60,000. So, perhaps an entry level Porsche should be available for $40,000?
I’m fairly certain for that kind of money I’d rather own a GT500 or Corvette. Again, in the realm of luxury, I’m not the target market. Only those that have a hard-on for the Porsche name need apply here. Much like a humongous house without any furniture, it’s just another status symbol to park in the drive way. IMHO
Maybe I’m not being exactly fair, the rendering above by Motor Trend is very sexy. I just know that cars like the Porsche 944 did not age very well and I can’t imagine a new model of budget Porsche would fair any better.