Porsche Doesn't Care About A Fuel Efficient 911 Hybrid

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Nor does anyone else.

While Porsche continues to heavily invest in its electrification program, the Porsche 911 and 718 Boxster/Cayman remain combustion-engined only. An all-electric 718 is expected, at least as an option, with its next major redesign as its mid-engine layout is ideally suited for a floor-mounted battery pack. Adapting the famously rear-engined 911 to house an electric powertrain, however, is way more challenging.

But a plug-in hybrid 911 is not only possible but is reportedly in development. Not expected to arrive for a few more years, the hybridized 911 will not be the ultra-fuel efficient sports car some might think, but rather a serious performance machine. It wouldn't be a proper 911 any other way.

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Speaking to Autoblog, Porsche CEO Oliver Blume has made this fact very clear. "To think in the future for the 911, there are good ideas for a special kind of hybrid, a very performance-oriented hybrid where we use, for example, a 400-volt system for our electric motor and for the power electronics, like we use in our plug-in hybrids, with a high power density," he said. "We want to have a very high power [output] with very big performance and driving ability. That's more or less our idea of how to continue with the 911."

If you're looking for a zero-emissions Porsche, there's the all-electric Taycan.

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Unlike say, a Toyota Prius, a future 911 Hybrid is all about performance and fuel efficiency is a very distant second, at best. Blume did mention "there is also space for a very sporty pure electric two-door sports car," but no final decision has been made yet and the 911 will retain its flat-six engine "for a long time to come."

Porsche has already proven incredible performance can be achieved with a plug-in hybrid setup; look no further than the 689 horsepower Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid. Is it fuel-efficient for its class? Yes, but performance and handling is the main objective. The Porsche 911 will never sacrifice performance for efficiency.

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Source Credits: Autoblog

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