Elektrisch Slide: Porsche 911 Hybrid An Inevitability

Matthew Guy
by Matthew Guy
elektrisch slide porsche 911 hybrid an inevitability

Any measure of change to the 911 reliably sends Porsche purists into a tailspin worthy of the car’s legendary snap-oversteer thirty years ago. It has been suggested that the 911 was the leading cause of death of doctors, lawyers, and – erm – entrepreneurs in the ‘70s and ‘80s than anything else, including cocaine.

Those diabolically catastrophic handling traits have long been exorcised, of course, along with air cooling and church pew seating. With each change, anoraks have wailed into their Porsche Design espresso cups.

What will be said about a hybrid 911? Well, according to one source, they’ll at least be able to say it’s the most powerful 911 ever made.

The new 992-spec 911 made its debut at the L.A. Auto Show not long ago, revealing itself to cast a familiar shadow albeit one that’s an inch longer. All copies will now share the GTS’s voluptuous 72-inch wide hips. Fun fact: the OG 911 was about the same width as a modern-day Mini Cooper. These new ones, well, aren’t.

Keep in mind, too, that the new 911 has a new eight-speed PDK gearbox. Why do so when the old unit was plenty adequate? To make room for a disc-shaped electric motor, of course. While that news may cause some of the faithful to weep and gnash their dentures, at least it is an indicator that the 911 is set for a major power increase.

Head of Development for the 911, August Achleitner, has confirmed development is progressing on a hybrid version, one which will propel itself on solely on batteries for short distances. Those units will likely be stored up front, adding weight but improving the distribution of poundage.

British outlet Autocar reported back in March that Porsche brass hat Oliver Blume said “The 911 plug-in must be a very strong performing car. It will be the most powerful 911 we’ve ever had.

“700bhp might be possible.”

The current (pun intended) electrified guts of the company’s Panamera 4 Turbo S E-Hybrid is good for about 130 horsepower. Able to hit 60 mph in the mid-three second range with the optional Sport Chrono Package, the sedan deploys a 550 twin-turbo V8 under its bulbous snout for a combined output of 680 ponies.

Any hybrid 911 will have to adapt all this tech to a flat-six, methinks. With the Panamera 4 Turbo S E-Hybrid only a pair of dice away from the 700 horses mark, there’s every chance in the world that Blume’s prophecy will be fulfilled.

Company bosses have publicly stated in the past that the chances of an all-electric 911 making production are somewhere between naught and zero. Taken literally, I agree. Fudging the “all-electric” definition to include an all-electric mode in a gasoline-powered hybrid is a more likely prospect. Given this, and Porsche’s experience with the technology, a 911 hybrid is very likely to appear in a couple of years. Keep in mind more and more companies are positioning their hybrids as the performance choice these days.

Expect to see a hybridized 718 before then, though, as the 911 will probably be the last of all Porsche models to be electrified.

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  • Sportyaccordy Sportyaccordy on Dec 12, 2018

    I am hoping electrification becomes more of a performance enhancer going forward. Not crazy about Porsche's approach here. To me it would be cooler for them to offer a hybrid version of the GT3 for example. Turbo torque with GT3 throttle response and revs.

  • HelloWorld HelloWorld on Dec 12, 2018

    "All copies will now share the GTS’s voluptuous 72-inch wide hips. " Thanks, that's all I need to hear to find this new version of the 911 the greatest of them all. After all, the 911's visual appeal has always rested on the car sticking its butt out at the world ("mooning" I think it is called in American English, no?), so the new 911 having wide, but taut hips is FANTASTIC news. Car porn FTW !! ;-)

  • Bullnuke Well, production cuts may be due to transport-to-market issues. The MV Fremantle Highway is in a Rotterdam shipyard undergoing repairs from the last shipment of VW products (along with BMW and others) and to adequately fireproof it. The word in the shipping community is that insurance necessary for ships moving EVs is under serious review.
  • Frank Wait until the gov't subsidies end, you aint seen nothing yet. Ive been "on the floor" when they pulled them for fuel efficient vehicles back during/after the recession and the sales of those cars stopped dead in their tracks
  • Vulpine The issue is really stupidly simple; both names can be taken the wrong way by those who enjoy abusing language. Implying a certain piece of anatomy is a sign of juvenile idiocy which is what triggered the original name-change. The problem was not caused by the company but rather by those who continuously ridiculed the original name for the purpose of VERY low-brow humor.
  • Sgeffe There's someone around where I live who has a recent WRX-STi, but the few times I've been behind this guy, he's always driving right at the underposted arbitrary numbers that some politician pulled out of their backside and slapped on a sign! With no gendarmes or schoolkids present! Haven't been behind this driver on the freeway, but my guess is that he does the left lane police thing with the best of 'em!What's the point of buying such a vehicle if you're never going to exceed a speed limit? (And I've pondered that whilst in line in the left lane at 63mph behind a couple of Accord V6s, as well as an AMG E-Klasse!)
  • Mebgardner I'm not the market for a malleable Tuner / Track model, so I dont know: If you are considering a purchase of one of these, do you consider the Insurance Cost Of Ownership aspect? Or just screw it, I'm gonna buy it no matter.The WRX is at the top of the Insurance Cost pole for tuner models, is why I ask.