The all-new 911 only just made its world premiere at this month’s Frankfurt Motor Show, yet Porsche is already mulling the addition of a hybrid version of its iconic sportscar.
During an interview with MotorTrend, Porsche CEO Matthias Muller said that the company is currently looking into the possibility of presenting a 911 hybrid model: “It is under discussion if this technology will be available at the 911.”
Yet all facts point to a hybrid 911 – perhaps not yet, but definitely in the future. After all, there are hybrid versions of both the Cayenne and the Panamera, while the upcoming 918 Spyder supercar will make use of this technology.
And if 911 fans are worried that a hybrid or plug-in hybrid version of their beloved rear-engined car may dilute its character, they need fear not.
If anything, they have reasons to be content. That’s because Porsche has already introduced such a version in the previous series, the 997. In case you missed out it’s the GT3-R Hybrid racecarr that participated in the 24 Hours of Nürburgring endurance race.
How will that benefit the road-going 911? Well, consider the fact that the two electric motors generate 100HP each, adding a total of 200HP to the GT3R’s already potent 470HP produced by the classic six-cylinder boxer engine.
Furthermore, racing is still the ideal proving ground for technologies that will later enter production. If a hybrid 911 does come up in a couple of years, and we beleive it will, Porsche’s boss is adamant that it won’t change the car’s character.