Porsche says that it will no longer make diesel vehicles

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Porsche says that it’s getting out of the diesel business — for good. In a release this morning, it explains that amidst falling demand for diesel vehicles, and a growing interest in hybrids, it “has decided to no longer offer diesel propulsion in future.”

Porsche CEO Oliver Blume notes that his company isn’t “demonising diesel” with the announcement, and says that the fuel still important worldwide, even though it’s never been a huge part of the company’s offerings. There’s been indications of this attitude in recent months: the German automaker has been increasingly interested in electric and hybrid vehicles. Last year, the company unveiled the 2019 Cayenne SUV , which was notably missing a diesel version, and later unveiled an updated hybrid model.

Earlier this year, it announced that by 2022, it would double investment in greener vehicles, and that by 2025, “every second new Porsche vehicle could have an electric drive – either hybrid or purely electric.” Porsche will release its electric sports car, the Taycan (formerly known as Mission E) next year, which will take on other electric sports cars like Tesla’s Model S.

Porsche’s desire to put diesel behind it makes sense: the automotive industry is increasingly betting on a future in which we drive electric and hybrid vehicles, and the company was embroiled in Volkswagen’s 2015 diesel emissions scandal. The company also hasn’t sold diesel vehicles in the US marketplace since 2015, and last year, it recalled 22,000 of its Cayenne SUVs after they were found to be equipped with devices that allowed them to get around emissions tests. Following that recall, Porsche opted to halt production altogether on its diesel engines, rather than update them to adhere to existing regulations. At the time, it seemed that it was simply pausing production, but today’s announcement reveals that it’s settled on the route that it will take — one without diesel.

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The Tesla Model S is not a sports car.
It’s hardly comparable to the Taycan/Mission E; if you do a bit of research there are actual competitors in the field (none of which are shipping yet).
Better to compare it to the upcoming Roadster.

Tesla is an awesome company, but apart from the original Roadster their production cars are not known for handling like a sports car – yes they’re super fast, but that’s not the only defining factor of a sports car.

I don’t think so mate. The folks at Top Gear would beg to differ. (btw this is the Model 3 performance review)
https://www.topgear.com/car-reviews/tesla/model-3/tesla-model-3/first-drive?motors=1

Tesla’s vehicles handle like mid-engine sports cars, which have the most optimum configuration for handling, especially since the batteries are placed throughout the floor of the car.https://auto.howstuffworks.com/how-does-engine-placement-affect-handling.htm

Also, the upcoming Tesla Roadster doesn’t even compare to the Taycan/Mission since it is gunning much higher up the food chain, to make the Hyper car category irrelevant.
http://www.thedrive.com/news/23311/christian-von-koenigsegg-admits-tesla-roadster-caught-him-off-guard

So your argument

The Tesla Model S is not a sports caris

I think thats more the case that electirc cars are redefining the categories than the model s specifically being a sports car. Electric cars are going to smash all sorts of records over the next few years.

How is it moot?
As you mentioned yourself, your article refers to the Model 3, not the S.
And neither of the compared cars—the BMW M3 and the Mercedes AMG C63—are classified as sports cars either.
So?

Further, you also cannot say Tesla’s "vehicles" in one lumping—it’s not like all their models handle the same.
The fact remains that the only car produced by Tesla to be classified as a sports car is the original Roadster!
I didn’t say it was a perfect comparison either, I said it was BETTER.

I agree that the upcoming Roadster is in hypercar territory, but I still think it’s a more fair comparison to the Taycan than to the Model S.
Go find some reviews of the Model S.
Nobody has ever said it handles like a sports car – unless they have heavily modified it, as is the case for e. g. rally.

Electric technology is vastly superior to combustion, making it relatively easy to beat the competition in terms of speed.
But as I said, that’s not the only factor determining what a sports car is.

While I appreciate your effort, I think your comments simply don’t hold up to the reality of the situation.

They’re also Porsche. If you’re buying a diesel Porsche, you’re doing it wrong. Although if you’re buying a Porsche and it’s not a 2 door coupe you’re doing it wrong.

Why can’t a hybrid vehicle be a mix of diesel and electric? Why does it always have to be petrol and electric?

I imagine scale. Diesel-electric is common in transit systems. Buses, Trains, Ferries. Places where torque is important, and you’ve got plenty of room to work with.

For most cars HP is more important than torque, and electric motors already have high starting torque, so you get two engines doing the same thing, rather than complementing each others strengths like Gas/Petrol and Electric do.

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