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News Porsche Could Use Hybrid Technology To Save Its Naturally Aspirated Engines

Porsche Could Use Hybrid Technology To Save Its Naturally Aspirated Engines

Porsche’s naturally aspirated engines are visceral, instantly recognizable by their sound and performance and hybridization might save them.


  • Most Porsche models have boosted engines.

  • Hybrid technology could still be a few years away.


If you take a moment to build your dream Porsche model online, as we do almost every week, you’ll notice that there is less than a handful of Porsches still offered without forced induction. Porsche wants to make sure their naturally aspirated (NA) engines live on.

2020 Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 | Photo: Porsche

With the exception of the Cayman GT4 and Boxster Spyder and eventual 992 911 GT3 and GT3 RS, all others are turbocharged. Many have “complained” that the boosted mills don’t sound as good as the NA engines but emissions regulations have forced Porsche’s hand, or nearly.

Porsche’s head of the 911 and 718 ranges, Frank-Steffen Walliser, said that a “low-rev electric motor torque and a high-rev normally aspirated engine would fit perfectly together. It could help a normally aspirated engine to survive.” Carscoops.com reports that Porsche is highly motivated to keep the NA and that hybridization might be the way to save them.

2020 Porsche 718 Spyder | Photo: Porsche

There’s no word as to when or on which vehicles this might happen. Stories about a 911 hybrid rise and fall just as quickly, the same applies to the 718. Meanwhile, we know the next Macan will be electrified and join the Taycan and Cross Turismo as an EV in the near future.

2021 Porsche Taycan base model | Photo: Porsche

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Matt St-Pierre
Matt St-Pierre
Trained as an Automotive Technician, Matt has two decades of automotive journalism under his belt. He’s done TV, radio, print and this thing called the internet. He’s an avid collector of many 4-wheeled things, all of them under 1,500 kg, holds a recently expired racing license and is a father of two. Life is beautiful. Send Matt an emai

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