When Porsche debuted its striking Mission E concept at last year's Frankfurt Motor Show, we looked past its four doors and wondered whether we were actually looking at the next 911 instead of an all-new car. But then the company confirmed that it will introduce a production version of the all-electric Mission E to the market before 2020. Even still, we suspected an all-electric 911 might be on its way.
Today, new evidence from Top Gear pushes the odds even further in an electric 911's direction. , this is what Erhard Mössle, director for the 911 Turbo line, said:
The Mission E could lead to a future when we need more electric cars to meet our regulations. So, you can imagine a Mission E with two doors—the car looks great and there could be potential for a sports car. Whether it's called a 911 or not is another discussion.
Though his conclusion is open-ended, Mössle did confirm that Porsche has considered a two-door Mission E. The 991-generation 911 debuted in 2012, and recent 911 generations average about a four-year lifespan. An electric 911 launching before the end of the decade would slot in nicely with that kind of timeframe.
We're not worried about Porsche phasing out the gasoline-powered 911 in favor of an EV—people would revolt. However, we can see an electric variant of the 911 to compete in the currently sparse all-electric sports-car segment. It's an intriguing thought, actually. But you still have to ask: Is a 911 without an engine out back really a 911? Let the debate begin.