After denying the possibility of a gas-electric version of its iconic sports car, Porsche has confirmed that the next-generation Porsche 911 will indeed offer buyers a plug-in hybrid variant.
August Achleitner, head of 718 and 911 development, previously stated that the “disadvantages outweighed the advantages” for such a model, but it seems the company has found a way to make things work.
The Porsche 911 hybrid won’t be ready when the new 911 (992) arrives in 2019. When it does finally go on sale, it could be the most powerful and one of the fastest 911 ever with around 700 horsepower to work.
In an interview with Autocar, Porsche head honcho Oliver Blume, stated:
“The 911 plug-in must be a very strong performing car. It will be the most powerful 911 we’ve ever had; 700bhp might be possible.”
Blume didn’t reveal any technical specifications, but there are speculations that the plug-in hybrid powertrain could consist of a 136 horsepower electric motor and a turbocharged flat-six engine, with Porsche’s engineers appling some of the lessons learned from the 918 Spyder to create a truly world-class performance machine.
He added that the car will have “a special button for the electric punch,” indicating a race car-style push-to-pass function.
The Porsche 911 PLug-in Hybrid will likely arrive a couple years after the new 911 debuts at the 2018 Paris Motor Show in October, possibly wearing the Turbo S E-Hybrid nameplate.