Confirmed: Porsche 911 will go hybrid soon
With up to 650 hp (485 kW) and 800 Nm (590 lb-ft) of torque sourced from its 3.8-liter opposite-six mill, the Porsche 911 Turbo S is impressively specced by nearly any standard. However, according to CEO Oliver Blume, the iconic model will ultimately switch to a part-electric powertrain.
Apparently, sprinting 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 2.7 seconds is still not fast enough for some. The hybrid-powered 911, when it does come out, will be ‘exceptionally powerful’, Mr. Blume assures.
Interestingly, Porsche has been known to respond negatively to questions about potential hybridizations of its vehicles. Dr. Frank-Stefan Walliser, VP of Powertrain Development for the 911, was particularly opposed to this notion, saying that the 911 would be the last Porsche to go electric and that he would much prefer to have retired by the time it did.
Rumors from before predicted the launch of a Porsche 911 hybrid in 2022, but these latest news give us reasons to think that this might actually happen sooner.
Later this year, Porsche will announce its final decision on whether it will switch its 718 Boxster and Cayman to electric power, and if so, then when and how.
Editor Andrew Raspopov