The Very Things That Make the Porsche 911 So Iconic Are Also Making It Hard to Go Hybrid
The concept of a hybrid or electric 911 isn’t a new one – Porsche has been working on a 911 hybrid for years. We even discussed whether or not there’s a legitimate case for an electric 911 in mid-2019. After all, the Porsche 718 Cayman is expected to go electric or at least hybrid when the next-gen model launches, so the 911 should be next, right? Well, it’s not exactly that simple as the 911’s general design all but prohibits efficient use of electric components. Let me explain a little further…
The Man Behind the Porsche 911 Has Dreams of Going Smaller, But The Consequences Would be Devastating
Porsche has been building the 911 on the same recipe for more than 50 years now. But even though it retains the layout and the design (for the most part) of the original car, the 911 changes in many ways. Most notably, it’s heavier and more complex. While more technology makes it a better car for the majority, something that the 911 should return to its original simplicity. And Frank-Steffen Walliser, the man behind both the 911 and the 718, is among them and thinks that the 992-gen 911 should have been smaller.
Speaking to the Australian media at the debut of the 992-generation 911 Targa, Walliser said that he wished the 992 was smaller. "Maybe I would do it a little more sporty than the 992 in general, but I have no complaints of this model," he added.
2021 Porsche Cayenne Coupe Turbo GT
The 2021 Porsche Cayenne Turbo GT is an upcoming version of the Cayenne Coupe, a sleek SUV that Porsche originally introduced for the 2020 model year. Spotted testing in the wild with a different exhaust layout, the 2021 Cayenne Turbo GT is rumored to become the company’s range-topping model. It could also be a hybrid that generates more oomph than the already impressive Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid model. The fact that it was also spotted at the Nurburgring in the past suggests it will be more dynamic than any other Cayenne on the market. The equivalent of the 911 GT3 for SUVs if you will. The name is not yet official, but it could be called the Cayenne Coupe Turbo GT5, a badge that Porsche trademarked back in 2015.
Update 4/28/2020: The Porsche Cayenne Coupe GT Was spotted testing one again, this time with what we believe to be sport exhaust. Check out the latest pictures in our special “Spy Shots” section below.
If You Think the Porsche Taycan’s Range Is Laughable Now, Just Wait Until the Cheaper Model Arrives
The Porsche Taycan has mainly been in the news for two reasons – the exorbitant price and the laughable range. In fact, Porsche recently said that it doesn’t consider Tesla as its rival. While this is true to an extent, it still sounded like a justification because it couldn’t match the latter’s battery range. Well, it looks like Porsche is going to get some heat for this as well. The company is coming up with a cheaper trim of the Taycan with a two-wheel-drive configuration and a ‘smaller battery’.
Alleged Patent Images Show a Porsche 918 Successor That’s All Track Weapon
Porsche redesigned its entire lineup over the last years and even introduced special models like the 935. But it’s still missing a full-fledged supercar. The 918 Spyder was discontinued in 2015 after only 918 units built and Porsche has yet to confirm a successor. But a set of leaked pattent images hint that the German firm is indeed working on one. And it looks a lot like the 917 Concept from 2019.
Can You Realistically Expect 500 Horsepower from the 2022 Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS?
It’s been less than a year since Porsche introduced the GT4 version of the Cayman (in June 2019) and the German company is reportedly working on a more hardcore version of the sports car, to be called the GT4 RS. This version is rumored to arrive sometime in 2021 with a stiffer suspension, a more powerful engine, and a lighter curb weight. The big news is that the upcoming GT4 RS could generate close to 500 horsepower.
Porsche’s 200-Page Annual and Sustainability Report Had a Little Surprise In It
Reports about the Porsche Macan EV have been bouncing back and forth for a year now, with the latest news being that it may only be sold as an EV from 2024 onward. This news came via an external report, but it is mentioned briefly in Porsche’s Annual and Sustainability Report for 2019 and that it is scheduled to launch in 2022. What was more interesting in that report, however, is reference to a jacked-up rugged wagon, once known as the Mission-E Cross Turismo Concept. Do you see where this is going? Are you getting excited yet?
Porsche Macan EV Timetable – Everything is Changing
The Porsche Macan’s timeline isn’t written in stone and seems to be changing so frequently that it’s hard to keep up with. Back in March of 2019, we heard that the next-gen 2021 Macan would be offered as an EV only. Then, news about the Macan EV pretty much dried up until February 2020 when we learned that Porsche would sell the current-gen Macan (in facelifted form) alongside the next-gen Macan EV. A new report, coming directly from Germany, says Porsche is considering the bravest move it’s made since it almost replaced the 911 with the 928.
2021 Porsche Cayman 718 GT4 RS
The 2021 Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS is an upcoming high-performance variant of the 982-generation Cayman that’s rumored to debut in 2020. Essentially a more aggressive and powerful version of the existing 718 Cayman GT4, the 2021 will be the first of its kind and the first modern 718 to feature the "RS" badge. This car has been in the rumor mill ever since the first Cayman GT4 was introduced in 2015, but it took Porsche around four years to turn it into reality. Better late than never, I guess.
The 2021 718 Cayman GT4 RS is more than just a rumor now. The car has already been spotted on public roads with some camouflage on its body, but also with a beefed-up exterior. It features bigger vents in the front, a big rear wing, and many small details that set it apart from the already familiar GT4. Just like the latter, the 2021 718 Cayman GT4 RS will feature the 911’s 4.0-liter flat-six under the hood, but in a more powerful setup. Let’s find out more about it in the review below.
Update 3/18/2020: The Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS has been spotted doing some cold-weather testing and there are a few subtle changes that you need to know about. Check it out in our “Spy Shots” section below!
Here’s Why You Won’t See an Electric Porsche 718 Anytime Soon
It was early March when we discussed whether or not there was a case for an electric Porsche 911 and, ultimately, why it’s going to be the last in the lineup to go electric. Part of the problem with the 911 is packaging, and the other part is weight. With the current 992-gen model, an eV powertrain just won’t fit. On top of that, battery technology hasn’t evolved enough. It might work for large sedans (nevermind the Taycan’s embarrassing range limitations,), but for most two-door sports cars, it just isn’t the right time to make the conversion. But, does the same hold true for the 718 Cayman and Boxster?
Porsche Won’t Do an Electric Hypercar, But It Does Have Something Else In Mind
Back in November 2019, a report traveled through online car-centric mediums claiming that Porsche is serious about building a hypercar that would rule supreme on the top tier position of its lineup.
Rumors talked about a car that would bridge the gap between Porsche’s road-going vehicles and its motorsport programs with know-how provided by the company’s abandoned Formula 1 engine development program. Well, you can disregard that, because Porsche’s is not doing a hypercar. At least not in the short- to medium-term future.
Is There a Legitimate Case for An Electric Porsche 911?
Porsche has bravely stepped into the EV world with the new Taycan, and it has sparked a lot of conversation about when the rest of the lineup will move into electrification as well. There’s potential that the 718 Cayman could go electric or at least hybrid when the next-gen model launches, but what about the 911? Will Porsche’s most iconic car take a ride on the greener side of things anytime soon? Well, Porsche’s Director of its Sports Car Line had something to say about it, and it might surprise you. … or maybe it wont.
Porsche’s Dual-Macan Strategy Is About More Than Easing the Shift Into Electrification
When the current Porsche Macan makes its generational shift in 2022 or 2023, it was originally expected to make the shift into EV territory as well. The original “plan” was for the next-gen Macan to be offered only as an EV and ditch the ICE altogether. All that has apparently changed, at least to some extent, if a new report is to be believed. Let us introduce you to the dual-Macan Strategy.
2020 Porsche 911 Turbo & Turbo S: All We Know So Far
With all the positive feedback received by the new 911, Porsche will want to let the good times roll with the upcoming 911 Turbo and Turbo S, too. At this stage, we have no doubt that ze Germans are working hard to perfect the Turbo recipe as the 992-generation Neunelfer Turbo & Turbo S will debut this year.
When it finally hits the showrooms, the Turbo will be forced to face stiff competition from the likes of Lamborghini Huracán Evo, Mercedes-AMG GT R, and Audi R8. Looking at how much horsepower these three pack, it’s pretty obvious that the new Porsche 911 Turbo has to up the ante in this department. That, however, won’t be the only change from the current 911 Turbo.