During the Geneva Motor Show on Tuesday, Porsche revealed three new advanced hybrid vehicles - a high high-performance super sports car concept, a revolutionary new race car, and Porsche’s first production hybrid, the new Cayenne S Hybrid.
Porsche’s President and CEO Michael Macht proudly showed off what will most likely be one of the show’s highlights – the 918 Spyder – a mid-engine super sports car concept that employs plug-in hybrid technology and will get about 78 mpg, while also providing the power needed to propel it from a standing start to 100km/h (62 miles per hour) in under 3.2 seconds.
Macht also revealed the 911 GT3 R Hybrid, developed especially for racing. This 911 uses two electric motors on the front axle to supplement the 480 horsepower engine driving the rear wheels. Instead of the heavy batteries usually found in a hybrid road car, an electrical flywheel power generator is installed next to the driver delivering energy to the electric motors.
The Cayenne S Hybrid, which has just been shown in Geneva for the very first time, is Porsche’s first production hybrid and goes on sale in the United States this fall. The Cayenne S Hybrid features a highly sophisticated full parallel hybrid system that combines the power of a 333-horsepower V6 with an 47-horsepower electric motor, offering 380 horsepower and essentially the high performance of a V8 with the fuel efficiency of a V6.
With these three hybrid models, Porsche is offering new cars that are sportier and more dynamic, while at the same time the cars use less fuel and produce fewer emissions.
Porsche provides high-quality video of all three new cars to registered users at http://thenewsmarket.com/porsche.
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