Let's imagine that there were no legal regulations regarding CO2 madness. Which sports car manufacturer who builds cars where maximum light weight is an essential and important product feature would then voluntarily build a hybrid powertrain? I dare say not one. The manufacturers build them because they have to and people buy this crap because sooner or later they won't get around it.
Conclusion: the crap is being built because certain governments want it that way.
And yes, I'm with you on the acceptance. Because people accept these "modern" cars just as they will accept that there will soon be legal regulations about when you are allowed to use a car at all, where and for what purpose. I only say "Oxfordshire"...
I read this and I realize just how strange I am.
I test drove a Model S in 2012, got a chance to lift hard in a fast sweeper and felt the mass working across the tire patch instead of trying to peal it off the pavement. Combine that with instant torque anywhere and that is all our household has used as a daily driver ever since. This is coming from a very long line of M cars as daily drivers. Switched. Overnight. BeV is simply a better tool for the task (for me).
Applying the above thinking to the post, the hybrid drive train has been very interesting for me for a very long time. My desire was to stick a smallish battery and two independent drive motors in the front using the system to (1) torque vector with accuracy and time constant not available in Dif and/or ICE throttling accuracy and (2) fill in the torque gap of turbo and NA. It is the very best of all worlds and the weight penalty is significantly lower when you are talking about a 4 KW-Hr versus 100 KW-Hr battery. The very notion that the Artura is being written about in the same breath as the 720 speaks volumes to my point.
Now if you need global climate change and emissions as your boogy man, please do not let me get in your way. From a simple seat of the pants enjoyment of a daily driver, I'm on board (but then, as I started this post, I'm strange).