Will The Porsche 911 Hybrid Ever Be Built?

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There might be some good news.

Back in 2018, we reported that Porsche was working on a hybridized version of its cult-classic 911 sports car. The planned Porsche 911 Turbo S E-Hybrid is set to be a historical addition to the long and illustrious line of 911 cars, and we've been lucky enough to get an idea of what it will look like in a few renderings. When the 992 Porsche 911 made its debut at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show, the then head of development for the 911 range Mr. Achleitner said that "the 992 was designed for the possibility of adding an electrified variant that would further enhance its performance, as there is room within the PDK automatic transmission to integrate an electric motor."

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The hybrid model clearly took a back seat, especially when the development of the Taycan was in full swing, and with Porsche still working on its Cross Turismo electric wagon it doesn't seem that a 911 hybrid is on the horizon. However, according to Motortrend, Klaus Zellmer, president, and CEO of Porsche Cars North America is hinting at a hybrid version hitting showroom floors sooner rather than later. This, despite other Porsche executives voicing that it should be the last model to see electrification.

According to Porsche Chairman Oliver Blume, the Hybrid version of the 911 will be the best performing in the range, eclipsing the Turbo variant. But if you listen to Frank-Steffen Walliser, who oversees the 911 lineup, all the added weight will ruin the traditional balance of the 911.

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It all sounds very conflicting, and it is. It was first said that the hybrid would come in 2022, but that timeframe has moved up to as late as 2026, with a full EV variant over a decade away. Zellmer is still optimistic about a hybrid 911, and was recently quoted when asked about the hybrid car. "Rest assured, I'm in contact with my colleagues in Germany in our research and development center. One of my most important responsibilities is representing the customer's voice here in the United States and Canada to make sure we have cars that keep us on the success track going forward, and [the cars] customers want and expect from us." Fingers crossed then.

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