Published on May 13th, 2012 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
Porsche R&D chief Wolfgang Hatz hints at a diesel-powered Boxster
There have been rumors circulating for some months on an electric driven Porsche being launched. Now all this has been quashed by Porsche R&D chief Wolfgang Hatz who has confirmed that Porsche will instead be producing a diesel powered Boxster.
Wolfgang Hatz, who was at the 33rd Vienna Motor Symposium talked about diesel powerplants but said that pure electric vehicles are “not even close to series production with the current battery technology.” This contradicts Porsche’s previous statement about testing the electric Boxster prototypes. It’s likely that Porsche isn’t satisfied with the results. Hatz added that internal combustion engines will continue to dominate in the foreseeable future and that the diesel is a firm part of the VW Group’s current strategy. Hatz said that what’s more important is that the company will offer variants that are more powerful. He added that it would be a mistake to refuse a Boxster diesel “for all times.” This makes people wonder what Porsche’s diesel car strategy might be. First, there’s the conventional fuel economy and budget-minded direction. Porsche may consider diesels as a performance option, similar to how BMW has presented a new range of M line performance diesels.