A Kinder, Greener Guzzler: The Porsche CO2ncept-10%

The fuel-efficient luxury SUV? In one tiny baby-step towards sustainability, the Schaeffler Group has introduced the Porsche Cayenne V8 concept car, which boasts 10.1% improved fuel efficiency and 10.1% reduced CO2 emissions. 

Christened the CO2ncept-10%, the vehicle is basically the Porsche Cayenne as it could have been constructed in the first place, featuring a modified engine that makes use of electromagnetic units instead of hydraulic cam phasers, minimized friction in the chain drive, electromechanical roll stabilizers and other customizations designed to improve energy efficiency and reduce emissions.  

image via Greenlaunches

image via Greenlaunches

Famed for their bulk, heft, fuel consumption and pollution, SUV’s are the Big Macs of the car world. By reducing the Cayenne’s emission levels and increasing its fuel efficiency without stripping its bulk or replacing its engine, the Shaeffler Group have created, in essence, the Big Mac Lite. The up side? Proof positive that a few manufacturing tweaks can indeed make a difference.

Porsche CO2ncept-10% [via Greenlaunches]

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.