Jose Altoveros / Porsche | November 21, 2017 11:24
Porsche mulls development of high performance plug-in hybrid 911
Porsche is one of the manufacturers that has embraced electrification with some of their models already being offered with plug-in hybrid options such as the Cayenne and Panamera. The German marque is also hard at work in developing their first ever fully electric vehile slated to debut at the end of the decade called the Mission E.
The question now is will Porshce's flagship 911 sports car also be offered with an electric or hybrid variant. Bloomberg recently reported that the German automaker is mulling over a plug-in hybrid variant for the supposed next-generation 911, which is currently under development.
According to Bloomberg's sources, the plug-in hybrid 911 could make its debut a few years after the supposed 992's is introduced, possibly in late 2018 or early 2019. It was also revealed that Porsche is targeting a 70km electric driving range however engineers are still working to keep the weight down. Should a plug-in hybrid be offered, expect it to provide high peformance levels similar or even better than that of the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid.
A Porsche spokesperson also confirmed to Bloomberg that the next-generation 911 was set up to allow the integration of an electric powertrain in order to keep engine options open. He did not confirm however whether a plug-in hybrid 911 is slated to debut.
Meanwhile, Autocar UK reports in an interview with Porsche CEO Oliver Blume said that the 'future concept of 911' will have a plug-in hybrid system, but 'it’s not decided yet if we offer it'. It is also uncertain whether the future concept 911 he refers to is the next-generation 911. Blume also adds in the interview that the 911 is unlikely to forego the internal combustion engine for another 10 to 15 years, meaning a fully-electric variant could still be a long way off.
As the Mission-E could debut by 2020, expect the technology and developments made for it to be used on other models as well, possibly even the hybrid of future electric 911. After the Mission-E, the Macan is the next vehicle in line expected to receive the fully electric treatment.