Porsche Is Considering a Plug-In Hybrid 911

But don't worry: If it happens, it'll still have a flat-six engine.


Following Porsche's debut of the all-new 911 Turbo models at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show, a Porsche executive has hinted that there could be a plug-in hybrid in the 911's future.

As Erhard Mossle, Porsche's engineering boss, , "[O]f course, we are discussing plug-in solutions for the 911, but there are a lot of things to solve with packaging in the car and other things to solve. It will maybe be in the next generation, yes."

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Pictured above is the current 991.2 generation Porsche 911.

Mossle also  that the plug-in 911, should it happen, would still prioritize performance. The technology would most likely work with the flat-six engine. "As far as I can see we will stick with six-cylinder engines because we have a good positioning with 911 and six-cylinder and 718 [Boxster and Caymen] with four cylinders. Even the six cylinder engines have a lot of potential to reduce consumption and CO2 emissions."

Porsche's success with the 918 Spyder should provide ample knowledge in creating a high-performance hybrid drivetrain for the 911. If Porsche does release a hybrid 911 for the next generation, it will be interesting to see the breakdown: Will all the 911s be hybrid? Or will it be offered as a limited-production variant?

This latest piece of news, coupled with talk that there could also be an all-electric 911 coming, indicates that even a 50- year tradition isn't closed off to radical changes.

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