Porsche 911 Hybrid Would Be The “Best 911 Ever” According To Company Spokesman

Porsche has used plug-in hybrid technology to create some truly impressive vehicles including the 918 Spyder and the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid but the system has remained absent from the 911.

Rumors of a 911 hybrid have been floating around for awhile and Porsche Technology Communications spokesman Hermann-Josef Stappen has revealed “If we will bring a hybrid 911, it will also again be the best 911 ever.”

Despite being optimistic about the model, Stappen told Motoring there are concerns about how many vehicles the company could sell and whether or not customers would be willing to accept a plug-in hybrid version of the iconic sports car. Stappen went on to say the company is “constantly” looking at a 911 hybrid but nothing has been decided as of yet.

The news isn’t terribly surprising as there has been conflicting reports about whether or not the company would offer a hybrid version of the next-generation 911. Back in May, Porsche’s head of 911 development suggested the model was axed because the “disadvantages outweighed the advantages.” Problems reportedly included high-development costs and a heavy battery pack which would limit the car’s dynamic capabilities.

While a 911 hybrid might not happen in the near future, Stappen hinted the 718 could be a good candidate for a plug-in hybrid variant as he noted “There would only be minor changes to the platform to put in electric drive.”

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  • Six Thousand Times

    Wrong!

  • nastinupe

    Just make an all electric sports car loosely based on the Cayman and be through with it.

    • Six_Tymes

      battery packs are too heavy. and if you make them light weight enough to compare to a non electric sports car, so the car handles very well, the car itself would have only an approx distance of 200 or 300 miles at best, hence the “disadvantages outweighed the advantages.” That said, lets see what solid state battery packs bring. I HOPE they are more efficient than liquid.

  • Kash

    It’d probably have a best handling because of the battery pack lowering the center of gravity, so yeah I can see it being the best 911.

    • Six Thousand Times

      Nope, the increased weight of two separate powertrains and all of the electronics needed to lash them together would doom it to portly also-ran status. It’d be a lot more expensive, though, so there’s that.

  • Auf Wiedersehen

    “disadvantages outweighed the advantages.” Problems reportedly included high-development costs and a heavy battery pack which would limit the car’s dynamic capabilities.

    “There would only be minor changes to the platform to put in electric drive.”

    I don’t buy it.

    These two statements contradict one another for two cars that share about 80-90%. I think this is just another way to keep the 911 pure while experimenting with the 718 since there is less to lose should the market fight back(more than it already has for a 4cyl). They will tread very cautiously when it comes to the 911 of course and perhaps they figure the latest major change (turbocharging ALL 911s) was enough for that market for now. Granted, the Boxster-e concept was very well received in 2011, but the 911 will likely be a different story.

    The first statement applies just as much to the 718 (lets call it what it is here, 981.2) platform as is does to the 991.

    The second statement would also likely apply to the 991 platform as much as the 981.2.

    So no, I think he is being a little disingenuous.

  • KareKakk

    Isn’t the next 911 always the best so far? Why make it if not?

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