• R2dad Posted: 2/20/2009 12:54pm PST

    "new Porsche hybrid"

    GM and Chrysler's demographic doesn't care about all that green hooey. But Porsche's target audience does. They want their Porsche and they want to advertise how they're piously saving the planet at the same time, even if the improvement is only 7-8 MPG. Having said that, everyone expects a hybrid to be quiet in city driving (no one can hear how green you are on the freeway!). I suspect owners will go for an optional green "H" on the back, just to make sure everyone knows that they care more about the environment than you do.

  • JKD Posted: 2/20/2009 8:22pm PST


    It's those early adopters that will make this tech cheaper and available to everyone. In a couple of years you'll be driving a hybrid and saving the planet too :-)

  • Tom L Posted: 2/21/2009 8:28am PST

    "Start Stop will become standard"

    I don't see any reason why start-stop tech would not become standard in all cars in 5-10 years.

  • JKD Posted: 2/21/2009 4:56pm PST

    "start-stop tech"

    It's the same reason why GM started pulling ABS and Chrysler airbags out of their cars in the 90s. Same reason why most started switching to rear drum brakes recntly too. You either lead or get run over when you have a short-term profit vision.

  • Free XBOX 360 Elite Posted: 2/25/2009 1:23am PST

    "New Porsche hybrid"

    Why is a story about a car that gets 26mpg making headlines? It's 2009, oil as a resource is diminishing faster than ever, car emissions are a factor in global climate change (how big of a factor could be argued) and here we are talking about sporty, luxury, SUV that MIGHT get 26mpg?

  • Jason Woods Posted: 2/25/2009 5:11am PST


    Porsche just gets better and better. They are on top of their game!

  • Alex Posted: 2/25/2009 8:05am PST

    "Neat but not new"

    I have a 2003 VW passat W8 (thats 2 V4's mounted on 1 crank shaft), that gets 26mpg highway and about 21 city... it's probably about the same weight being a wagon and all-wheel drive. Puts 275bhp out and still gets good mileage. These hybrids in my opinion should be doing drastically better than my 7 year old station wagon.

  • skadeet Posted: 2/25/2009 8:23am PST


    sooo? The C5 Corvette (1997-2004) has a 350ci V8 with 350HP and many many owners have reported getting 30+ mpg.

  • Homer Posted: 2/25/2009 11:25am PST

    "26+ MPG, WTF!?"

    26+ mpg is HORRIBLE! Why is it a hybrid, other than you are paying more for parts? I would NEVER buy one, EVER. I bought a new diesel smart car in 2006 (last year sold here in Canada) and it got around 70mpg highway, 50mpg city. This is good mileage, not 26mpg. Let me guess, this is the highway mileage also, right? F me in the a car companies are delusional. From this point on I boycott porsche.