Porsche Adds Power to Turbo S Models
The performance game is heating up, and now the average amount of horsepower comes in at 700. Porsche will need to step up its game as its most powerful offering only pumps out 570 horsepower, discounting the 918 Spyder, of course. To remedy this situation, Porsche will beef up its lineup by 2017, starting with its Turbo S models of the Panamera and 911. According to Motor Trend, the automaker will further its hybrid portfolio by creating 700-plus horsepower plug-in versions of the aforementioned models with technology based off the 918 Spyder. Right now, there are so many different variants of both the Panamera and 911, so throwing another model into the mix won't make that much of a difference. But to cut down on some of the confusion, both for customers and Porsche employees, these e-Hybrid models should replace the current top models. There really doesn't need to be more than 10 of a given model. But there's more in Porsche's future than more horsepower. Within the next three years, we may see the Porsche GT4, based off the Cayman. This new model will be a reasonably priced--for a Porsche-- mid-engine powerhouse that will appease the purists. The GT4 will be powered by a modified PDK unit found under the hood of the GT3, and if all goes well during the 24 Hours of Le Mans, it may feature a turbocharged four-cylinder plug-in hybrid powertrain, but we expect to see the flat-six with a hybrid assist. Source: Motor Trend
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