Porsche will decide this year whether to apply its plug-in hybridization formula to its 911.
This was according to CEO Matthias Mueller who told Automotive News the 911 could “possibly” be next and the company is “negotiating about that” regarding Porsche’s growing stable of EPA-friendly variants.
The decision has obviously not been made at this point, but the German automaker from its Atlanta headquarters reaffirmed its view to making a PHEV out of every Porsche model.
“Why not?” Mueller said. “That is a technique which we at Porsche are very familiar with, so we can suppose that we could have plug-ins all over the model range, not only to save fuel but also to boost the performance of these cars.”
The goal in all of this is not to overly dilute the formula of the car’s underlying character – that which makes it what it is to its customers who expect sporting prowess.
Porsche’s 911 is monumental in its significance to the automaker, and needs to remain highly competent as a driver’s car, so potential hybridization would not morph a Porsche into a Prius.
Rather, Mueller said Porsche is “firmly convinced that the plug-in technology is the solution for the nearer future” and its Panamera S E-Hybrid and Cayenne PHEVs have already shown what Porsche can do.
These first-generation cars account for 15 percent of sales in the case of the Panamera, and 10-12 percent for the Cayenne.
The Panamera is also due for a refresh, and previous reports said that it would pioneer next-generation Porsche PHEV architecture.
This was not discussed with Automotive News, and unstated is whether the 911 would get such a system but sure enough the 911 is the flagship for Porsche so can we add to “possibly” a perhaps and a maybe as well?