Porsche: Someone May Have Tampered With Our Engines

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems
porsche someone may have tampered with our engines

Officially, the word is “manipulated.”

That’s what Porsche suspects, and the ominous presence in this plot is apparently calling from inside the house. According to a German newspaper, the automaker has launched an internal investigation into possible manipulation of its gasoline engines.

This isn’t a case of after-the fact tweaking, which would only get a car’s owner into hot water. In this matter, it’s the automaker who could be found liable for rule-breaking.

Bild am Sonntag (via Reuters) reports that Porsche has notified Germany’s federal motor transport authority and the Stuttgart prosecutor’s office about the possible tampering, as well as authorities in the United States. The issue apparently surrounds changes to both software and hardware controlling exhaust function and unspecified engine components.

If this sounds an awful lot like the emissions-tampering scandals of the past half-decade, you’re not alone. Volkswagen Group and Daimler have both found themselves in the crosshairs of regulators for tinkering with engine management systems in the hopes of eking out additional power and fuel economy at the expense of tailpipe emissions. Those efforts, however, usually took place on diesel engines.

The report claims the suspected manipulation took place on engines developed between 2008 and 2013, singling out the storied 911 and Panamera as models potentially afflicted.

“Porsche is regularly and continuously reviewing technical and regulatory aspects of its vehicles,” a Porsche spokesman told Reuters. “As part of such internal examinations Porsche has identified issues and has, just like in the past, proactively informed authorities.”

In the wake of Porsche’s notification of trans-Atlantic authorities, Bild am Sonntag claims the KBA has already launched a probe.

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  • Lou_BC I realized it wasn't EV's burning by the absence of the usual suspects.
  • Kwik_Shift A manual bug eye WRX wagon (2001-03) would interest me more.
  • El scotto Ferrari develops a way to put a virtual car in real time traffic? Will it be multiple virtual players in a possible infinite number of real drivers in real time situations?This will be one of the greatest things ever or a niche video game.
  • El scotto It's said that many military regulations are written in blood. Every ship's wheel or aircraft joystick has a human hand on it at all times when a ship or aircraft are under power. Tanks, APC's and other ground vehicles probably operate under the same rules. Even with those regulations accidents still happen. There is no such thing as an unmanned autopilot, ever. Someone has to be on the stick at all times.I do not think MB understands what a sue-happy nation the USA is. The 1st leased MB in a wreck while this Type 3 "Semi-Autonomous" driving, or whatever it is called, will result in an automatic lawsuit. Expect a class action lawsuit after the 1st personal lawsuit is filed. Yes, new MB owners can afford and ever are lawyers.Mercedes Benz; "The best wrecks or nothing!" Oh and has anyone noticed that Toyota/Lexus and Honda/Acura, the gray suit with white shirt and striped tie, automobile companies have stayed away from any autonomous driving nonsense?
  • Merc190 Very streamlined but not distinctive enough for a Mercedes. And besides, the streetcar of the early 20th century seems a far more efficient and effective method of people moving in essentially an autonomous manner. A motor car is meant to be driven with proper attention to what's important in every situation. To design it otherwise is idiotic and contradictory.