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."
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.