When it comes to luxury carmakers and hypercars, they’re some of the most interesting and exciting releases we see from them. That’s why it’s a little disappointing to hear that while Porsche is interested in producing a new hypercar, they have no plans to do so in the near future.
Porsche CEO, Oliver Blume, told CAR Magazine that, “The hypercar is always a part of Porsche’s strategy. Porsche was always successful with this kind of hypercar showing what is possible, showing future technologies, cutting-edge products. We will bring a hypercar when it’s time to bring it. So hypercars will play a role for Porsche in the future. But it isn’t decided yet.”
Why not? Hypercars are cool are they not? According to Blume, it’s because they’re focusing on electrifying their entire range.
“We are concentrating on electromobility,” said Blume, “we have so many products in the next few years and then we will leverage when will be the right moment to bring it – and when we want to show cutting-edge technology.”
So no successor to the 918, instead we will see an electric-only Macan that was delayed until 2024 due to software issues. In addition, we get EV versions of the Cayman and 718 Boxster around 2025 while a larger SUV than the Cayenne has been confirmed for the latter half of the 2020s.
When we do get another hypercar from Porsche, it’s unclear whether it will have a plug-in hybrid powertrain like the 918 Spyder, or if it will be all-electric. If it had an ICE would it still have a V8 or a V6? Given their heavy focus on electrification, perhaps the reason they have no plans to release a new hypercar soon is to see how their electrification plans play out? If they want to showcase cutting-edge technology maybe they want to get a solid handle on the technology first before pushing it to its limit? Regardless, the future is electric and Porsche themselves estimate that 80% of its annual sales by 2030 will be EVs.