For quite some time now, word has been going around that Porsche is considering the idea of fielding a plug-in hybrid version of its iconic 911. Well, it looks like the German luxury sports car maker will indeed push through with the said project.
According to a news release by Automotive News, no less than Porsche CEO Oliver Blume confirmed that the company will come up with a plug-in hybrid 911 within the next few years. Speaking at the Los Angeles Auto Show, Blume said that the model will most likely be out for the mid-cycle refresh of the next-generation 911.
The next-gen 911, many Porsche enthusiasts may note, would most likely be out for the 2019 model year. As per Blume’s announcement, the midlife update should be around 2023.
This, Blume notes, would give the company more than enough time to explore and develop the potential of a lighter and more powerful battery with added range. He also revealed that the 911’s next-generation platform is being prepped to accommodate the said battery. It would allow for a driving range of about 69kms on pure electric power.
While purists may be up in arms over this imminent development, Porsche says that it would be good for the 911. The car has always been at the forefront of technological advancement since it first came out in the 1960s. The hybrid version is just a natural progression of this evolution, going with the signs of the times.
Expect the Porsche 911 plug-in hybrid to be out around 2023