Seemingly confirming a wave of rumors surrounding the eventual introduction of hybrid technology into the iconic 911, August Achleinter head of the 911 model line, has revealed that the recently unveiled 992 generation 911 was indeed designed for the eventual implementation of electrification technology.
However, buyers looking to quickly jump into this brave new world will have a bit of a wait on their hands. In a recent interview with the British publication Auto Express, Achleinter confirmed the eventual arrival of the hybrid 911. “It will be the next evolution of this car, that means at least four years away from today,” he added. While this time table is subject to change, if Achleinter’s words hold true, then the hybrid 911 would make its apperance in 2022.
Achleinter kept his cards closely guarded when it came to providing potential technical specs, but the exec did say the eco-friendly 911 would be posistioned as a high end performance model, versus it being a pure eco-warrior posistioned against more efficiency focused contenders.
“When I am thinking about a hybrid version of the 911, I do not mean like the Panamera and the Cayenne. I mean like the 919 Le Mans car,” he clarified.
Porsche could bring two of these modes to showrooms. One would serve as an alternate choice to the standard issue Carrera, while the other would be a range topping offering that would be on par with the gasoline powered 911 Turbo. As demonstrated in both the 918 Spyder and the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid, electrification can bring some much needed vigor to a performance car.
However, electrification adds weight, which in turn affects the driving dynamics of a vehicle equipped with the technology. Porsche isn’t worried though, with insiders revealing to Auto Express that lessons learned in the 918’s production run helped the company solve all of the problems associated with hybrid technology.