Porsche Says An Electrified 911 Turbo Is Not The Need Of The Hour

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Electric cars have been giving nightmare for the top manufacturers who create the fastest cars in the world.

While BMW, Audi have embraced it to an extent, Porsche believes that an electrified version of the 911 is not required at the moment.

The world of automobile is slowly changing into a completely new phase. In this new phase, one can expect almost every last vehicle to feature a hybrid powertrain. It is the system manufacturers came up with where buyers can enjoy the best of both worlds. The electric motors will offer minimum mile range while the petrol engine will take over once the power drains out. It is a perfect balance and an easier way to introduce people to electric vehicles.

The same concept cannot be applied for a Porsche 911, commented August Achleitner. He clarified that the range of powertrains available now including the all-electric motors and hybrid variants are nowhere near to the power required to run a sports car as this one. They have many hurdles to overcome before it could be implemented in their models.

Speaking to an automobile magazine in Germany, Achleitner said, “The layout of the 911 is very narrow which poses some practical difficulties when we try to implement an electric motor or a hybrid powertrain in it. By making some changes to the chassis, we can achieve it. However, it will drastically increase the weight of the car. Such a heavy car will kill its performance and that doesn’t make up for a great super car.”

In the recent past, representatives of the automobile band Porsche confirmed that they are looking to join the electric bandwagon. They are going to go with a sedan rather than the proprietary Porsche design in order to create space for the powertrain and the electric motor. Most manufacturers are aiming to deliver it by 2020.

Achleitner said that Porsche electric 911 could probably ten years away now. If the industry changes drastically in meantime, they might consider adopting the technology. If not, there is no point in trying to push their limits to deliver an electrified version of the sports car.

A similar dilemma is faced by companies like Ferrari, Lamborghini and Bugatti. The team at Bugatti revealed that they could never think of another engine that doesn’t run on petrol because it delivers so much power, allowing them to create cars like the new Chiron.

Porsche 911 R Geneva Star Images and Specs is Out

Porsche has officially unveiled pictures and specifications of the 911 R very close to the Geneva motor show. The photos came out much earlier through a Dutch blog but now the company has made it official.

From a technical perspective, the car is almost the same as the 911 GT3 RS. It is powered by a 4.0-liter engine which delivers 493 horsepower and 458 Nm of torque. The additional components, especially the aerodynamic ones are the reason the R stands apart in terms of performance and control.

For people who just can’t compromise with an automatic transmission, the car offers a manual gearbox system. It is something purists are definitely going to enjoy it for. The image shows a car that is typical of Porsche but they have used excessive number of aerodynamic components to make it look more stylish than it already is.

The white colored variant combined with the red stripes gives it a race car look. However, the vehicle looks totally clean. The Porsche 911 R is not a brand new launch for the company because they already had the name for a car in the 1960s. It was extremely lightweight and was designed to be fast on road.

The same concept is being retained for the new car by using carbon fiber in majority of the components. It helps save additional weight to a great extent. Within a day, Porsche will bring in more details of the car including its specifications and the ways they used to reduce its overall weight.

Just hours to go before the Geneva motor show. The stage is set and despite a lot of automobile manufacturers choosing to make the launches days earlier, there are plenty of real cars to look forward to. The event is overcrowded at the moment because there are the well-known brands and plenty of new ones joining the list of launches. The show is definitely going to be one of the best automobile expos this year.

Porsche may launch more models at the event or choose to talk about their future roadmap. The map includes the possibility of a hybrid vehicle in the next four years so as to cope up with the changing industry trends. By 2020, every manufacturer will have hybrids, plugins and at least one fully electric car. The catch is to not compromise on performance and speed when switching from a gasoline engine to an electric motor.

A Plug-in Hybrid Version of Porsche 911 is Under Consideration

Creating plug-in hybrids of the most popular car is becoming more of a necessity than a luxury due to emission regulations. Porsche is mulling over the idea to create one such for their next gen 911 and it sounds promising.

According to the latest update, Porsche 911 plug-in hybrid is indeed coming. The company spent a long time in discussing whether such a model is really essential for the crowd. But, with increasing fuel costs and emission issues, it seemed like a fair choice to make and Porsche did it without second thoughts. The next gen version of the 911 and the 911 Turbo is coming, but it is going to be a really long wait as the manufacturer is looking at a 2020 launch.

The model is powered by a rear mounted engine which poses a design challenge to the team. If they are to offer more mileage, they have to add a powerful battery to it. It is equally important to keep the overall weight as low as possible to favor better aerodynamics, fuel efficiency and control at top speeds. Talking about the launch, the Porsche boss said, “It might take some time because there are packaging issues with a plug-in hybrid and we are addressing it at the moment”.

The next gen version of the Porsche 911 and 911 Turbo will heavily rely on carbon fiber components. They cater to their requirements without increasing the weight of the car. But, at the same time, the team which is building the car added that it is not possible to use the component for every aspect of the vehicle. This leads to the issue of mounting a heavy battery to make it in to a long range, hybrid car.

Even though, the brand is going to adopt a hybrid version for its next gen upgrade, they are going to use the same flat six engine system. It has already been used in the earlier 911 versions and there will be no major change to it. Another business decision they have to make is with regard to the manual transmission system.

Out of the orders placed around the globe, only 15% of buyers want a manual gearbox. Porsche has no plans to quit making cars with an actual gear because they see it as an iconic add-on to the lineup and will not be ditching it any time soon. It’s the USP for their cars, commented Erhard Mossle, Porsche’s engineering head.

Porsche 911 R to Bring Back Manual Gearbox and Retro Look

Renders of a possible retro inspired Porsche 911 have surfaced online and according to some early rumors, fans of manual transmission and three-pedals might finally feel happy.

The initial reports are that the alleged Porsche 911 will bring back manual transmission to the Porsche 911 family. And after the disappointment of the 911 GT3, Porsche really needs a good story to get back on the track.

And, according to the rumors, Porsche will resurrect the 911 R in the form of the Carrera. The limited edition sports car will feature the design of the Carrera, but also the manual transmission many fans of Porsche want to get back.

Power will not be an issue for the alleged Porsche 911 R, as the car should feature at least 500 ponies under the hood, naturally aspirated V6 engine, the same that the GT3 has, as well as a manual gearbox. Rumors are the 911 R will have the seven-speed manual that is standard for the Carrera.

Two powertrain outputs are possible for the 911 R and both are used for the GT3. The first one is the flat V6 3.8-liter engine, while the second option is the larger 4.0-liter engine used for the RS trim of the GT3.

The design of the car is an interesting topic as well. According to some reports, Porsche insiders described the 911 R as a “wolf in sheep’s clothes”. What is obvious is that the car will have the same center locking wheels as the GT3, including a similar body. One difference is that the 911 R won’t have the rear wing as the GT3. The retro look of the new Porsche 911 R is emphasized by the side decals and the green stripes.

According to rumors, the Porsche 911 R will be a limited edition. Only 600 or 800 units will be produced, and according to some reports, more than half of those units are already reserved for buyers. It is unknown when the 911 R will see the light of day, but some believe that won’t happen this year. The earliest we can expect to see the Porsche 911 R in flesh is the Geneva Motor Show, scheduled for March next year.

Porsche 911 GT3 RS has Aerodynamic Issues, Official Statement Awaited

In the recent past, the Porsche GT division decided to take the 911 GT3 back into the stable and everyone knew they are going to come up with a massive upgrade.

As expected, the GT3 RS came out of their garage sporting some impressive new upgrades, engine and performance boosts. While it was supposed to be a benchmark for sports vehicles, a new issue has come up from the user community. People who purchased the car are mighty happy with its performance, but they have some strong complaints to make about its new aerodynamics system.

The designers who worked hard to build the Porsche 911 GT3 RS have integrated multiple peripherals to increase the downforce. There is a front spoiler lip combined with front fender louvres as well as the heavy rear wing and the rear diffuser. When all of them are pitted together, they are supposed to offer excellent downforce so as to keep the car stable at top speed. But, two different members have made complaints from within the Porsche Community.

According to their feedback, the way the engineers have used the components in the front wheel to create downforce is wrong. When in motion, other components come into contact with one another. The tires come in close contact with the inner wheel well which damages its sides and the indicator lights are also damaged in some of the cars.

The community members have also posted a clear video of the car in action, where the sound of components scratching against one another is clear. The tires are rubbing against the well and car owners confirm that they have not made any modifications to the car. It is assumed that the Porsche 911 GT3 RS relies on custom camber settings which cause this unwarranted friction.

It’s not just Porsche, but every leading car manufacturer has a dedicated Green Hell torture test to check the endurance level of their new vehicles. When the company launches a prototype, modified edition of a popular car, they usually spend weeks to make sure it runs smoothly on the road and doesn’t have any issues such as this one. There is no word on how Porsche missed this friction problem. They are supposed to fix the cars for their customers or maybe refund their money if the prototype is a complete failure. An official word from the manufacturer is expected to be out to the press real soon.

All-New Porsche 911 GT3-R Set for Inauguration Race at VLN in the Nurburgring Nordschleife Circuit

The all-new Porsche 911 GT3-R is fully set for its inaugural race at the VLN round in the Nurburgring Nordschleife circuit.

The Manthey Racing team is expected to drive an upgraded 911 GT3-R model for the 9th round of the long-distance racing tournament scheduled on October 17.

The new racing car from the stables of Porsche will feature new brakes and suspension and this race is expected to test the endurance levels of the new components. However, it will not feature the direct injected powerplant as per earlier plans of the German automotive giant as this is still under track and dyno testing in the US and in Weissach. The 911 GT3-R at the Nurburgring Nordschleife circuit (on Oct 17) will feature the engine of the earlier models only.

Porsche believes that racing a car that is still in the developmental stage, especially on a tough circuit, is quite beneficial for the future of the vehicle as the racing teams will be able to familiarize themselves to handle the race car during the early stages and incorporate any changes, if required, so as to bring out a highly robust racing vehicle.

Dr. Frank-Steffen Walliser, Head of Porsche Motorsport, said, ‘It has always proved beneficial to take a new racing car at an early development phase. The conditions of the Nurburgring Nordschleife circuit offer the best conditions for this’.

Although the testing of the new engine is being undertaken in warmer climes in the US, the company said that trials for body and suspension components are also being conducted in the uniquely undulating topography of the Nurburgring Nordschleife circuit.

Furthermore, the new Porsche 911 GT3-R is expected to make its complete competition debut at the Rolex 24 event during January. Early in September, Porsche Motorsport North America and EFFORT Racing announced the continuation of their partnership with the new-generation Porsche 911 GT3-R under which the two entities are committed to search for and develop talent to create future GT drivers.

Emile Toups, Principal, EFFORT Racing opined, ‘As always, the objective is to win the GT championship with Porsche and to continue to improve the sports car experience of our sponsors, partners and fans’.

Porsche Showcases the 2016 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Rennsport Reunion Special Edition: Ready for Delivery

Porsche, the German auto giant, showcased the 2016 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Rennsport Reunion Special Edition which is already under production and is ready for delivery. The new special edition was launched at the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

The fifth edition of the Porsche Rennsport Reunion event drew car enthusiasts and car collectors from across the world. The event which happened on September 25 to September 27 paraded about 2000 Porsche cars, both the sports and the street models. The mega event was held at the Laguna Seca Raceway near Salinas, California.

The Rennsport Special Edition of the 2016 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS sported a Fashion Grey color with black and red decals above the rocker panels and on the hood. To differentiate the Special Edition model from the standard one, Porsche etched the Rennsport Reunion V logo on the compartment lid.

The key pouch also carries the sign: 911 Carrera GTS Rennsport Reunion Edition. Additionally, the dashboard of Carbon Fiber trims showcases its Special Edition status.

There will be only 25 units of this Special Edition and all for sale in North America only. The new model features both functional as well as cosmetic enhancements. The door-sill guards are illumined and the cabin is completely filled with Carmine Red stitching: on the steering wheel, the dashboard’s upper section, floor mats and door panels.

Black LED headlights and 20-inch Sport Classic wheels add a tremendous sportiness to the profile. Under the hood, the Limited Special Edition of the Porsche 911 Carrera GTS features a 3.8-liter flat-6 engine and manual transmission delivering 430 horsepower and a peak torque of 324 pound-foot.

Unlike the standard model which has options of either a 7-speed manual gearbox or 7-speed dual-clutch, the Special Edition will come only with three pedals. Hence the 0-63 mph will be reached in 4.2 seconds and the peak speed will be 190 mph.

The new Special Edition model comes with 18-way adaptive sport seats plus, Rear Park Assist, Bose Audio System and Porsche Active Suspension Management. Adding more oeuvre are the gloss black trims that decorate the lower end of the mirrors and the radio antennae. The base price is estimated to be around $149, 000, plus a destination charge of $995.

Overhauled Porsche 911 Carrera 2016 Debuts at the Frankfurt Motor Show

The all-new overhauled Porsche 911 2016 debuted at the Frankfurt Motor Show on September 14. The redesigned Porsche 911 is expected to have a starting price of a little over £76, 000.

Living up to expectations, the new Porsche 911 2016 Carrera model features turbocharged engines in place of the old engines. Although most of the changes are inside of the 911, a few exterior tweaks have happened too. The front side has a new four-point LED-powered headlamps and air intakes have also been redesigned. Additionally, the remodeled rear engine cover and rear lamps are also visible in the new Porsche 911.

The most important change in the Porsche 911 is the replacement of the older less efficient engines with turbocharged engines. The 911 Carrera, the entry-level model, is fitted with a refined 3L twin-turbo flat-six in place of the older 3.4L flat-six engine. This enhances the vehicle’s horsepower to 365 bhp, 20 bhp over the previous Carrera model.

The Carrera S features the same engine, but with extra tunings to take the horsepower to 414 bhp. The Carrera S and the Carrera models take 3.9s and 4.2s respectively to get from 0-62 mph, about 2/10ths faster than the previous models. However, Porsche claims that the flat-six capability of 7500 rpm rev limit of the new engine remains in the new Porsche 911 models.

The turbocharged engines are expected to boost the efficiency of the new Porsche 911 with the Carreras promising to deliver mileages upwards of 38 miles per gallon and carbon emissions of 169 g/km.

The interior of the all-new Porsche 911 features the rehashed Porsche Communication Management system. The new touchscreen infotainment system now is Wi-Fi-enabled and also features the Apple Carplay. An optional Sport Chrono package comes with a 918-hypercar-inspired 4-mode switch rotary knob fitted on the steering wheel allowing drivers to configure their own customized setup. The adjustments can be made on Porsche’s Active Suspension Management System, the sports exhaust and the PDK transmission.

A ‘Sport Response’ knob is an added feature that braces the drivetrain for a 20-second maximum acceleration through optimum gear selection and engine adjustment for improved response. An adaptive cruise control is an added tech feature in the Porsche 911 2016 model. This cruise control comes with a coasting function and also allows for braking during downhill drive to keep the car at pre-set speeds. Lane-changing assist is an optional feature whereas the post-collision braking system is a standard upgrade in the new Porsche 911.

The price range starts from £76, 412 and goes up to £94, 698 for the Carrera S Cabriolet; a hike of about £2500 above the present model.

Porsche Designer Confirms Many Other 911 Hybrids are Incoming

Hybrid cars are always known for their performance and when it comes from a brand like Porsche, you can be sure that it stands out from the rest with its mind blowing results.

The first news came directly from Wolfgang Hatz, the chief of the Research and Development division of the brand. When someone in such an important position says that more number of 911 hybrids are incoming soon, car enthusiasts have no option but to trust what the guy says. Hatz was the first to confirm the existence of an actual 911 hybrid.

He revealed the information in the beginning of 2015 and when we are almost reaching the end of the year, another engineer from the team confirmed that there is more than one. The hybrids will be hugely inspired by the technology used in the 918 Spyder super car and the 919 hybrid race car.

However, the only catch is that the engineer August Achleitner who revealed the news also added that it may get launched within ten years. With a whole decade to wait, it is going to be one of the longest waits and even people who love Porsche may start looking forward to other brands. At the same time, the engineer is not a key person in the company and may not know every detail. It is just a timeline that he has revealed based on which we can confirm that multiple 911 hybrids may hit stores in the future.

Cayenne, Panamera are the most popular models from Porsche. They are hot sellers in the market because of which the company introduced hybrid versions of the vehicles a long time ago. They have also been upgraded to plug-in hybrids which allow them to be powered by an electric motor along with the conventional gasoline powered engine.

The 918 Spyder is a great example of how a car could perform at its best when it is built using multiple technologies and parts. The Porsche vehicle is a strong competitor for McLaren and Ferrari. It is no wonder the company may like to reiterate the success by launching hybrids of the 911. Compared to other manufacturers like BMW or Audi, for Porsche it’s all about creating super cars and speedsters using the hybrid technology rather than turning them into electric vehicles.

“Our team has been researching the possibility of a hybrid for a long time now and we will bring it out when the technology is just right,” added the engineer.

Porsche 911 GT3 RS Shows Power in Circuit Tracks

The EVO team has tried to show people just how extremely fast the new GT3 RS is. Putting the Porsche 911 GT3 RS on the tracks, the team has let the sports car prove itself on the tracks, and show how extremely powerful the engine is.

From what we can see, the GT3 RS can safely compete with the likes of Porsche 911 Turbo S or Italian rivals such as the Ferrari 458 Speciale. The GT3 RS is a complete car and has all the tools and assets to compete against the best of the best. Here is what you get from the sports car.

Nothing short of explosion is expected from the Porsche 911 GT3 RS. Powered by a 4.0-liter V6 engine, the GT3 RS breaks boundaries as it delivered 500hp under the hood and a torque of 460Nm. The maximum speed is limited to 192mph and the 911 RS can sprint from 0 to 60mph in just 3.3 seconds. Thanks to a Porsche Doppelkupplung equipment, the RS3 GT breezes to 60mph for 0.6 seconds faster than its predecessor. However, even at such speeds, the Porsche 911 GT3 RS is a safe and secure car, thanks to the PIT SPEED button that limits the speed and cools down the temperature at a single press of the button.

What Porsche strived to achieve with the 911 GT3 RS is to make the car adjust and adapt to the driver and his needs. In the GT3 RS, the man and the machine are as one. Speed is critical in the cockpit of the car and Porsche has solved the problem by installing a center console with paddles on the steering wheel. All controls are very reachable and easy to use. All of the controls on the console allow the driver to have complete control over the sports car and make critical decisions in a matter of milliseconds.

The exterior and the chassis of the GT3 RS have also been changed to ensure better performance. Standard specifications include Porsche Active Suspension Management and dynamic engine mounts and the body has been trimmed. What you see from the new 911 GT3 RS is a car that is 30mm broader in the back, it has 100mm longer wheelbase and is 80mm broader at the front. However, the bigger body is lighter, as Porsche has managed to shed some weight from the 911 GT3 RS. The new changes make the sports car agile, stable and ensure better driving performances.

2015 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Offers Flagship Speed at Budget Pricing

Creating a vehicle that ideally falls between the budget variant and the top end model is not easy. With the 2015 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS, the manufacturer has accomplished it somehow and it looks like it’s going to rule the roost for a while.

When it comes to buying a car, people always want performance, speed and luxury in the top end model. However, it hardly falls into their budget range and when you add specific features to a car, the overall cost of owning the vehicle is bound to jump two fold, making it a distant dream. Porsche has realized this conundrum that most consumers face and have come up with a model to appease them all.

The all-new GTS is way above the S class entry level models and is below the GT3, GT4 cars in terms of pricing. That’s an amazing spot to sit for any vehicle because it will be easily affordable for luxury car lovers and budget buyers would consider upping their investment a bit so as to own one. In other words, the manufacturer can convince two different classes of buyers to buy the same car and make good revenue out of it.

A significant feature of the 2015 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS is its 3.8 liter DOHC engine which is mounted with 24 horizontal valves and is powered by six flat cylinders. It houses direct injection technology and delivers a solid 430 horsepower at a massive 7,500 rpm. The GTS has 325 pound feet of torque clocked at 5,750 rpm. With such an amazing engine, it can easily please even the most demanding car enthusiast without imposing the pricing of a flagship model.

Buyers have the choice to choose between two different variants of body configurations. One of them is the coupe designed for luxurious riding experience, while the other is a cabriolet which is ideal for speed lovers. When you opt for the sport variant, it produces a different sound powered by the modified silencers.

Porsche offers over 20 different 911 cars, each one of them with a specific feature. Buyers can choose from vehicles with four wheel drive, turbocharged engines, natural tone and more. All of them are powered by gasoline. The vehicles are equipped with the best safety and stability systems, but pro drivers can manually disable them so as to push the vehicle to experience its maximum performance on the road.