Porsche is currently working on a hybrid powertrain for the next generation of the 911 according to the company’s product line director Erhard Mössle.
It’s no secret that the Germans want to add some electric juice to the 911 and by the time the next generation arrives, Porsche is going to release a hybrid and probably even an all-electric version of their core model.
The main reason for Porsche to go down this path is no other than meeting the ever-stricter CO2 regulations in 2020. Mössle said to Autocar that “the Volkswagen Group needs an answer to Tesla. The technology available is not far away from meeting our goals for such a car in terms of range and charging speed.”
The Germans have already gained valuable know-how from the hybrid versions of the Panamera and the Cayenne, and of course the 918 Spyder which uses two electric motors paired to a 4.6-litre V8 petrol engine.
This and the fact that we just saw the German company unveiling the all-electric Mission E concept makes us believe that not only a petrol-electric 911 is on its way but a purely electric version as well, which could be offered in really limited numbers if there is a solid business case built around it.
Mössle confirms that Porsche examines closely this scenario, saying that the company must “look at what is the right time and whether there is the need for it. It’s expensive and you never know if you will get your money back.”
Note: Porsche 911 facelift and Mission E Concept pictured