Porsche is gearing up to release an all-new 911 in 2019 and it’s set to be the first to feature hybrid power, Carbuyer understands. Our exclusive images show what plug-in hybrid 911 might look like.
Two plug-in hybrid Porsche 911s could be on the horizon – one in the middle of the range and another at the top, the latter potentially positioned alongside the high-performance 911 Turbo.
Carbuyer understands there’s an ongoing debate at Porsche as to whether a top-spec hybrid 911 should exist – perhaps not surprising given the importance of the model to Porsche’s enviable heritage and brand cachet.
The move towards hybrid and all-electric cars is inevitable and already well underway at Porsche, with the Mission E EV on the way. What’s known for sure is that the next 911’s mechanical underpinnings have been “fully developed to accept a hybrid powertrain”, according to Carbuyer’s source.
In its most basic form, a hybrid 911 will be similar in principle to the recent Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid – itself a four-wheel-drive, 3.0-litre petrol-electric plug-in hybrid with 455bhp. While the Cayenne uses a V6 engine, tradition dictates the hybrid 911 will have to use a flat-six. Porsche’s excellent dual-clutch PDK automatic gearbox will feature.
Performance will be impressive – expect a sub-four-second 0-62mph time and a top speed in excess of 180mph. Official economy figures of around 80mpg and 80g/km of CO2 are likely.
A fly in the ointment may well be that a hybrid 911 is likely to be at least 250kg heavier than a petrol-only model. However, Porsche insiders say that lessons were learned to counter this during the development of the Cayenne E-Hybrid SUV and 918 Spyder supercar.
Despite this push to introduce more eco-conscious entries to the 911 range, the GT3, GT3 RS and GT2 RS remain in Porsche’s long-term plans, all remaining petrol-only well into the future, according to Carbuyer’s source.
Porsche reckons that by 2025, 25% of its worldwide sales will be of EVs, with another 25% hybrids, leaving 50% normal combustion-engined cars. However, given that that hybrids account for 75% of UK Panamera sales, our source claims that the company will easily be able to change those percentages if buying trends continue towards electrified models.