Porsche is waiting for battery technology to evolve before it unleashes the most powerful Porsche 911 ever made.
One of the most anticipated model debuts at the 2018 LA Auto Show was the stunning all-new 2020 Porsche 911. Porsche showed off the new Carrera S and 4S at the show, but eventually, the line-up will be joined by a new 911 Turbo, GT3, and, for the first time in the model’s history, a hybrid, since the new platform was built to accommodate an electric motor.
We’ll have to wait a long time for it to arrive, however, because according to AutoExpress, the Porsche 911 Hybrid isn’t expected to launch until at least 2022. “It will be the next evolution of this car [and] that means at least four years from today,” Porsche 911 product line director August Achleitner explained. This suggests the 911 Hybrid won’t arrive until the car’s mid-cycle facelift in around 2023.
It should be worth the wait, though. Porsche has previously hinted the 911 hybrid will be the most powerful Porsche 911 ever made. “When I am thinking about a hybrid version of the 911 I do not mean like the Panamera or Cayenne, I mean like the 919 Le Mans car,” Achleitner added. AutoExpress believes this means it’s unlikely to be a plug-in hybrid powertrain and will instead have an exhaust energy recovery system and a lithium-ion battery powering an electric motor mounted to the front axle.
There could also be two hybrid 911s: a mid-range model as an alternative to the regular Carrera model, and a range-topper to sit alongside the flagship 911 Turbo. Porsche boss Oliver Blume has previously said it could produce as much as 700 hp. According to AutoExpress, there’s a lot of internal debate surrounding the hybrid 911. Engineers are currently unhappy about the weight and performance capabilities of existing battery technology, which is why the model is being delayed as the technology evolves.