It’s all about performance, baby, and you won’t even have to plug it inby Robert Moore, on LISTEN 03:40
The concept of an electrified Porsche 911 goes back at least half a decade, but things have changed a lot since then. As an example, back in 2018, we were told that adding any type of electrification to the 911 wouldn’t happen anytime soon. Of course, part of the problem with electrifying the 911 is packaging it all together without ruining everything that the 911 is. The good news is that Porsche has managed to sort some things out and, while the 911 still won’t go full-on electric anytime soon, the hybrid 911 is coming faster than you think, and now we have some preliminary details.
Porshce 911 Hybrid Details - What You Need to Know
The Porsche 911 hybrid has been spotted in prototype form a number of times. It was caught on the Nürburgring in late 2021, and then it was spotted again in early March 2022 wearing the essential yellow stickers. The latest information spill comes courtesy of Porsche CEO, Oliver Blume, who not only wanted to remind us that a hybrid 911 is, in fact, coming, but to enlighten us as well. The most important takeaway from this information spill is, arguably, that the Porsche 911 hybrid won’t be a PHEV. This means the electric motor will be paired to a relatively small battery, and for good reason.
Going with a non-plug-in powertrain means the 911 hybrid won’t suffer much in terms of a weight penalty, and it make packaging a lot easier. If you’ve ever actually looked at the engine of a Porsche 911, you know there’s not a lot of room in that engine bay, nor does the car itself offer up ample space. Going with the PHEV setup wouldn’t have only made the car heavier, but would have caused both packaging problems and issues with maintaining the 911’s sporty driving dynamics.
That’s another big takeaway too, as he confirmed that the 911 Hybrid will be a “sporty hybrid,” which tells us that the electric portion of the powertrain will be more about performance than efficiency. That’s not to say that you’ll see bursts of supercar-like performance from a tiny battery and electric motor, but the electrification will help. Porsche still has to meet emissions regulations and this hybrid setup, regardless of how small, will help meet that. There will be at least some improved efficiency and some extra go-power too, so that’s certainly a win-win.
This isn’t all, though, because we now know that Porsche has looked to racing as a guide to building the first-ever hybrid 911. Oliver Blume confirmed to Car & Driver that the 911 hybrid will take inspiration from the 919 Hybrid endurance race car – the very same car that made short work of Le Mans in 2015, 2016, and 2017. We understand this means he’s talking about the hybrid technology that made the 919 so successful, which is a very good thing indeed. As for the upper-level track machines, when he was asked if cars like the 911 GT3 would go hybrid, Blume didn’t confirm that, but he did promise that the automaker has some “surprises” in the works for its track-focused models too.
It’s nice to know that with models like the Porsche Taycan and Macan EV taking so much attention from the company’s R&D department, the Porsche 911 isn’t getting left behind. There’s also reportedly a Porsche 718 EV concept in the works, which could actually spearhead the sports car side of Porsche into the age of full electrification. Of course, electrification isn’t the only thing on Porsche’s plate, as the company is also investing heavily into synthetic fuels, so the next decade or two could be very interesting.