The Porsche 919 Hybrid Evo is truly an engineering marvel. Starting with the Spa Francorchamps in Belgium, this car is setting records worldwide. Surprisingly, this car is even faster at the Spa than Lewis Hamilton’s 2017 F1 car. Wow! The biggest victory for Porsche is the Nürburgring Nordschleife record of 5:19.55 on June 29, 2018. This means this car is the fastest at the Spa and the Nordschleife, talk about competition! From inside out, this car is truly an amazing vehicle.
1,160 Horsepower Hybrid!
Porsche 919 Hybrid Evo – Setting Record on Nürburgring Nordschleife – Front Corner – Porsche Twitter – EuroDrift
With a combustion engine and electric motor, the Porsche 919 Hybrid Evo produces 1,160 horsepower. The engine itself, a 2.0-liter turbo V4 engine, produces 720 horsepower. While, the electric motor produces 440 simultaneous horsepower. This much power allows the car to reach a top speed of 229 mph. In combo with quite a few race-oriented features, this car is a beast. There’s a reason the 919 is a 3-time Le Mans winner… high quality Porsche engineering!
Fierce Competition for Competitors
The 919 Tribute Tour: On-board record lap, Nordschleife. – Porsche – YouTube
The Porsche 919 Hybrid Evo is fierce competition for the competing companies. With so much power, this car is tough to beat. Not surprisingly, there are a ton of other high-quality features. Firstly, there is a power steering system in tune with the racing mindset. Secondly, there is a 4-way brake-by-wire braking system. Thirdly, a ton of downforce is generated by the rear diffuser, rear wing, and undertray. This is known as the Drag Reduction System (DRS). With these features, on top of the power, this car is a record setting machine. Overall, this hybrid will be a legendary track car of the period.
Porsche 919 Hybrid Evo – Nürburgring Nordschleife Record Breakdown – Porsche Newsroom – EuroDrift
Lamborghini Terzo Millennio Concept – Front Corner – Lamborghini – EuroDrift
Worldwide, rumors of a Lamborghini hybrid supercar are spreading. Currently known as the “LB48H”, the concept was recently shown in summer 2018 at a private event in Italy. Beyond this, there is not much info about the vehicle. The biggest tip so far is a resemblance to the Lamborghini Terzo Millennio Concept. This Terzo Millennio was basically a fighter jet on wheels. So, the LB48H should be quite a spectacular vehicle. Although no information is 100% confirmed, a decent number of tips have hit the auto news network.
Expectations for Production & Delivery
Lamborghini Terzo Millennio Concept – Side – Lamborghini – EuroDrift
Overall, the Lamborghini hybrid supercar, aka the LB48H, will be arriving before anyone realizes it. As time moves forward, the currently believed production date is quickly approaching. Expectations seem to be that Lamborghini will begin production by the end of 2018. From there, the goal will be to deliver the vehicles by end of 2019 or early 2020. This means it will probably be a 2020 model year. Furthermore, there will be only around 63 units made for market. With this limitation, the car will be quite a collector’s piece. And, at around $2.5 million USD, most people will not be able to afford it, let alone place a down payment the equivalent of a home.
Will Lamborghini Shock the World?
Designing the future: Lamborghini Terzo Millennio – Lamborghini – YouTube
When the Lamborghini hybrid supercar hits markets, it will be a determining factor for the company. With many brands jumping into the hypercar realm, competition is increasing more than ever. So, by joining the market, it will only up the requirements to compete. But, the question is, will Lamborghini be able to beat out Koenigsegg, McLaren, and the other manufacturers? Well… nobody truly knows. But, within the next 2 years, Lamborghini will receive appraise or disapproval from the world. Until then, let’s enjoy the current hypercars already at play.
Lamborghini Terzo Millennio Concept – Rear – Lamborghini – EuroDrift
Note: All of the pictures and video for this article are of the Lamborghini Terzo Millennio Concept. These ARE NOT pictures or video relating to the “LB48H”.
For the 2018 model year, the Porsche Panamera E-Hybrid arrives in six different variants. Starting with a base model at a MSRP of $99,000, this car can reach up to $250,000 in its peak range. Currently, Porsche offers the Panamera in the following options: Base, Sport Turismo, Executive, Turbo S, Turbo S Executive, and Turbo S Sport Turismo. Each model varies in purpose but share only two engine options. In this article, each version of the Panamera E-Hybrid will be discussed in more detail. Furthermore, this article will act as an overview of the technology in the E-Hybrid.
2018 Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid Base
The 2018 Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid base model starts at a MSRP of $99,000. This vehicle arrives with a 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6. The V6 motor produces 462 horsepower and 516 lb.-ft. of torque. This allows the base model to hit 60 mph in only 4.4 seconds. Furthermore, this car sports all-wheel drive. Overall, this is the cheapest E-Hybrid in the Panamera market.
2018 Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid Sport Turismo
The second stage of the Panamera E-Hybrid offerings is the 2018 Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid Sport Turismo. This version starts at a MSRP of $104,000. The 4 E-Hybrid Sport Turismo shares the same motor as the base model with 462 horsepower and 0-60 in 4.4 seconds. This model variates from the base design with a sportier body including a different rear end. Another notable feature is the rear roof spoiler above the back window.
2018 Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid Executive
The third available option for the E-Hybrid is the 2018 Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid Executive. This model’s basis is a emphasis of luxury. Due to this, the E-Hybrid Executive is 0.1 seconds slower than the base and Sport Turismo models. Although it has the same horsepower of 462, this model is slightly heavier due to the executive styling. This model is for someone looking for a luxurious sedan while staying within the realm of Porsche. Not surprisingly, this vehicle starts with a MSRP of $104,100.
2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid
Stepping up into an entirely new level is the 2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid. The Turbo S E-Hybrid starts at $184,400, $80,000 more than the base V6 Executive or Sport Turismo. With this model, Porsche offers a beastly 4.0-liter twin turbo V8 with 680 horsepower. The V8 itself provides 550 horsepower while an electric machine produces 130 horsepower. This allows the Turbo S E-Hybrid to hit 60 mph in only 3.2 seconds. Phew, that’s as fast as a true sports car!
2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Executive
The second to last model currently available on market is the 2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Executive. This version starts at a MSRP of $194,800 containing the same engine as the base Turbo S E-Hybrid. The only different, as with the base Executive, is a 0.1 second 0-60 gain over the base and Sport Turismo models. Again, this is due to the emphasis on executive luxury which increases the weight of the vehicle. This vehicle targets people looking for a luxury sports car with a deep pocket. Overall, this is the most expensive Panamera E-Hybrid base option.
2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo
For this year, there is the all-new 2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo. This vehicle sports the same 4.0-liter twin turbo V8 as the base and executive Turbo models. Furthermore, this vehicle also maintains the 0-60 mph time of 3.2 seconds. Even furthermore, this vehicle is the second most expensive base Panamera E-Hybrid model. For someone interested in sport over luxury, this model is a better decision than the Executive version. Fully loaded with options, this car can reach close to $250,000!
The 2018 Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid may arrive in six different variants but each vehicle offers a ton of features. First, the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid contains active AWD with Porsche Traction Management (PTM). Secondly, the engine works in combination with an 8-speed Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) transmission. Thirdly, the vehicle also has Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC Sport) and Porsche Vectoring Plus. On the suspension side, there is the well performing Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM).
The 2018 Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid has additional features and optional features. One major addition is the rear axle steering which enhances performance. Next, is the optional Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes (PCCB). Furthermore, the optional Sport Chrono Package arrives with launch control for the car. Lastly, the Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid has the option of 21” 911 Turbo design wheels.
LED Headlight Technology, Night Vision, & ParkAssist System
The 2018 Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid has many advanced technological options ranging from headlights to parking assist. First, the vehicle arrives with LED headlights including Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS). For an additional cost, there is a package for LED matrix headlights including PDLS Plus. If this isn’t enough to see the road, even furthermore, there is an infrared night vision feature. Lastly, the car arrives with the ParkAssist system that provides a reverse camera as well as surround view.
Adaptive Cruise Control & Technological Assists
To no surprise, the 2018 Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid boasts a ton of technological assists. First, there is an adaptive cruise control (ACC) option. To step further into the wallet, the ACC is available with Porsche InnoDrive. On the assist technology side, there is Lane Change Assist with Turn Assist. Basically, the car will recognize if it is safe to change lanes as well as help the driver do so. Furthermore, there is a Lane Keep Assist which has traffic sign and cornering recognition. Basically, this car is on the way to driving itself.
On the interior, the 2018 Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid offers a ton of great options. First, the panoramic sunroof provides a great view for passengers in the vehicle. Second, if there is somebody in the back, there is a Porsche Rear Seat Entertainment setup that’ll impress anyone. Thirdly, the car contains a Four-Zone Automatic Climate Control including a touchscreen display in the rear. Each of these features create a technological powerhouse inside the vehicle.
BOSE or Burmester High-End 3D Surround Sound Systems
For the surround sound system, there are two great options for the 2018 Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid. The cheaper option, the BOSE Surround System, offers 14 amplifier channels at 710 watts. The expensive option, the Burmester High-End 3D Surround Sound System, creates a concert hall in the vehicle. The Burmester features 21 loudspeakers and 1,455 total watts. Basically, the Burmester has twice as much power as the BOSE version. Lastly, the whole system comes together under the Porsche Communication Management (PCM) system.
The Panamera 4 E-Hybrid is a Spaceship on Wheels
The new Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo – Venture On. – Porsche – YouTube
The 2018 Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid is basically a spaceship on wheels. From its manageable V6 to its beastly V8, this car offers a casual drive to a thrilling ride. Starting at only $99,000, this car can reach up to $250,000 by selecting certain models and options. Either way, this car is a beautiful sports sedan that will impress anybody. In conclusion, the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid is a one-of-a-kind tech powerhouse.
The Porsche LMP Team No. 2 Porsche 919 Hybrid is a sports-prototype racing car. This vehicle’s design is for competitive racing in the Le Mans Prototype 1-Hybrid (LMP1-H) category of the FIA World Championship. The development of the 919 Hybrid began in 2012 and continued into 2013. The 919 Hybrid made its first debut at the 2016 6 Hours of Silverstone in the United Kingdom. Unfortunately, the 919 Hybrid was discontinued at the end of 2017 to allow Porsche to focus on Formula E. Furthermore, Porsche isn’t the only manufacturer to back out of this category. Similarly, Audi also sent shockwaves through the Le Mans community as it has left the category as well.
2.0-Liter 4-Cylinder Turbocharged Engine with 900 Horsepower
The Porsche 919 Hybrid sports a 2.0-liter direct-injection 4-cylinder turbocharged engine with a battery-based hybrid system. This motor configuration produces a whopping 900 horsepower and 1,100 lb.-ft. of torque… phew! The 4-cylinder engine may seem small but in combination with the lithium-ion electric battery hybrid system, this car is a beast. For the transmission, Porsche uses a seven-speed hydraulically-activated sequential gearbox with a rear-lock differential. Another benefit to performance is the carbon fiber composite chassis with it’s honeycomb aluminum core. Furthermore, for the front and rear suspension, the 919 Hybrid utilizes an independent multi-link pushrod configuration with adjustable shock absorbers.
Winner of World Endurance Championship from 2015 to 2017
The Porsche 919 Hybrid is a legendary sports-prototype in the World Endurance Championship series. Overall, the 919 Hybrid has performed in 36 races with 16 wins, 36 podium appearances, 11 poles, and 4 fastest laps. Most noteworthy, this vehicle won the World Endurance Championship in 2015, 2016, and 2017. In it’s first year, the 919 Hybrid merely missed 1st and 2nd place obtaining a 3rd place placement. In the car’s second season, it is estimated that the car contains 85-90% new parts. As a result, this change also alters the class of the vehicle from 6MJ to 8MJ.
The Porsche 919 Hybrid is a Legendary Prototype
Overall, the Porsche Team No 2. Porsche 919 Hybrid is a beastly prototype racing vehicle. From its enormous power to its nimble structure, this car is a top contender in the racing world. Above all, the 919 Hybrid has been on the podium in every single race that it competed in, which speaks for itself. Unfortunately, at the end of 2017, the 919 Hybrid was retired to allow Porsche to focus on Formula E. In conclusion, the Porsche 919 hybrid is a racing legend that deserves placement in a museum as an artifact of automotive history.
2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Executive Super Sedan
For the 2018 model year, Porsche was proud to present the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Executive. The E-Hybrid version of the Panamera enters the sedan into the hybrid plug-in market. The MSRP of the base 2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid is $185,540. For the Executive version, the MSRP is $195,850.
E-Hybrid with a Twin-Turbocharged 4.0-liter V8
The 2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Executive sports a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 with 550 horsepower and 568 lb.-ft. of torque. Furthermore, the E-Hybrid contains a permanent-magnet synchronous AC electric motor boasting its own 136 horsepower and 295 lb.-ft. of torque. Woah! That’s a major leap in torque. In the end, the combination was engineered by Porsche to output 680 horsepower and 626 lb.-ft. of torque.
If the power was stacked directly, there would’ve been a 6-horsepower difference. On the torque end, there would’ve been a 237 lb.-ft. difference. That’s ridiculous! I can’t imagine what I’d do with 863 lb.-ft. of torque. Somebody will most likely try to unlock this car’s full potential in a tune.
The 2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Executive is a front-engine vehicle. The E-Hybrid has all-wheel drive and allows up to 4 passengers. The engine is coupled with an 8-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The transmission allows manual shifting via paddle shifters. The car is the direct merge of a super sports sedan and a hybrid vehicle.
Difference Between Executive & Non-Executive E-Hybrids
The main differences between the 2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid and the Executive edition are in size and speed. The wheelbase of the Executive edition is 122 inches while the base is 116.1 inches, a 5.9-inch difference. For the length, the Executive is 204.7 inches long while the base is 198.8 inches long (same difference as wheelbase). For height, the Executive is only 0.2 inches taller at 56.2 inches versus 56 inches. The passenger volume of the Executive is 102 cubit feet while the base is 96 cubic feet. The curb weight difference is 5400 pounds versus 5200 pounds, respectively. Lastly, the 0 to 60 difference is only 0.1 seconds as the Executive takes 3.3 seconds while the base takes 3.2 seconds.
Overall, the 2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Executive is a clean beast of a machine. From its sporty design to its hybrid utilization, it is a car of the future. For being such a large sedan, the Executive has no trouble hitting 60 in 3.3 seconds. In the end, the 2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Executive is a great addition to the super sedan market.
With the fresh upcoming year of 2019, manufacturers will introduce technology that’ll be the anticipation of the next decade. At CES 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada, Mercedes-Benz plants to unveil the next-gen CLA. Not surprisingly, a few other vehicles will be on display at the Benz CES booth, all new to the United States. Mercedes intends to showcase the most technologically advanced automobiles it has ready to unveil. With the date approaching, Mercedes shared a teaser as seen at the top of the article. This is the roofline of the new CLA. The car should look like an a-class with a 4-door, coupe roof style setup.
Hopes for the Next-Gen CLA
With the next-gen CLA, the first hope is for better rear headroom. Previously, this car was known for rear headroom issues. Furthermore, this car will sport the MBUX infotainment system. This provides the driver with AI-powered assistance. This includes language commands as well as “identifies operation requests on basis of movements”. This statement seems to mean that the driver will be able to use hand or body motion to control the vehicle. This is not new, as BMW seems to be onto the same project.
The CLA Won’t Be Alone!
Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) World Premiere | CES 2018 – Mercedes-Benz – YouTube
With the next-gen CLA, Mercedes plans to display the Mercedes-Benz EQC electric SUV. On top of that, the Mercedes-Benz Vision Urbanetic Concept will be there too. The EQC electric SUV aims to offer customers with 402 horsepower and 564 lb.-ft. of torque. Furthermore, the electric batteries shall allow it to drive for around 280 miles before requiring recharge. It won’t be surprising if Benz begins to offer hybrid versions of typical cars, including the CLA. With the upcoming decade of 2020 to 2030, manufacturers will probably make the shift to hybrids and EVs. In conclusion, anyone in attendance at CES 2019 should be looking for the Mercedes booth!