Looks like turbocharging was the tip of the iceberg.
Dammit Porsche. The dust was just starting to settle and we were getting used to the fact a pair of turbocharges would be coming with our Porsche 911. According to a report by Autocar, Porsche is hard at work on stuffing a hybrid powertrain into the next generation of the 911, which is supposed to come out in 2018. Yeah, yeah, we get it. Porsche has to keep up with the times and this was bound to happen. But did the automaker have to release this information while the wound was still open?
According to Porsche's 911 product line director ErhaardMössle, turning the 911 into a hybrid and an electric vehicle will help meet regulations in 2020, as well as handle competition from Tesla. "The Volkswagen Group needs an answer to Tesla," statedMössle. "The technology available is not far away from meeting our goals for such a car in the terms of range and charging speed." That's not good news. However, Porsche is not guaranteeing that a hybrid or electric 911 would make it into production. The automaker wants to pick the right time to release the vehicle in a way that it makes a profit and gains fans. If any automaker can make a hybrid or electric sports car fun, it has to be Porsche. Only time will tell what the next 911 will be powered by.