Porsche has again confirmed the 911 is in serious consideration for a hybrid powertrain, though the decision is not finalized.
According to CarAdvice, when asked whether the long-revered model could get an electric boost, CEO Matthias Muller said “of course, why not?”
Last year we reported Porsche was contemplating hybridization of all its models, and Matthias reconfirmed that intent as well.
But, Matthias said, assuming a 911 hybrid happens, it would not be right away. However assuming it does happen, it could well be a 911 plug-in hybrid as that is the direction Porsche is going with its Panamera and Cayenne precursors.
But a 911 hybrid won’t be part of a mid-life refresh of the current 991 series, he clarified. Rather, it would be an all-new model perhaps around 2018, he said.
“There is no decision up until now [but] we are negotiating that, and we will see. Maybe in the next generation – there is no reason against it and we will see if we have some reasons to do it.”
The lifecycles of existing Porsches are still up in the air, he said, adding the Boxster and Cayman will likely get a four-cylinder engine for next generation, but “there is no decision [on four-cylinder hybrid]” version of these cars.
The 2016 Panamera S E-Hybrid as we reported last year will likely be the first to see the next generation of Porsche hybrid systems, and other models are to follow.
“This hybrid technology has two reasons: one is CO2, but another reason for us for this technology is sportiness. As we have proved in the 918 Spyder … it can work,” said Matthias to CarAdvice. “So it can also be a solution for 911.”
At the press launch last year for the Panamera S E-Hybrid, Porsche personnel did say the hybrid tech took the 918 Spyder to a performance level that would not have been possible with conventional internal combustion.
We replied asking if this is what they really meant, as internal combustion power can be developed as powerful as they wanted, if one does not consider emissions and mpg.
Porsche repeated the 918 Spyder is what it is because of the electric motors, so that is that, even if we allowed for skepticism.
Whether that means the 911 hybrid would be engineered to be an ultimate or just a green alternative in the line would remain to be seen.