We’re still a few years away from the arrival of the Porsche 911 Hybrid, but Porsche has already dropped a few hints at what we can expect.
In a recent interview with Autocar, Porsche’s sports car development boss August Achleitner revealed that the eighth-generation 911 (992) has been designed to support both mild hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrains, which will be added at some point over its seven-year lifecycle. Although Porsche has no plans for a fully electric 911, the 911 Hybrid will be able to travel a few miles in electric-only mode.
“We’ve taken the experience we gained with hybrid versions of the Cayenne and Panamera, as well as the 918 Spyder, and applied it to the new 911,” Achleitner stated. “In the future, this will allow us to offer it with pure-electric capability.”
To provide room for the future electrified powertrain, the updated 3.0L six-cylinder and eight-speed automatic transmission have already been tweaked to allow for a disc-shaped electric motor to be housed within the rear section of the transmission. The new gearset is actually 100 millimeters shorter.
August Achleitner wouldn’t provide any details about the hybrid powertrain, specifically its power specs, but he did hint at the Panamera S E-Hybrid as a performance reference. The 911 Hybrid’s battery will also likely be positioned in the front of the car to provide better weight distribution.
As of right now, Porsche says that the 911 Hybrid won’t be released until 2022.