Porsche is delaying the release of a hybrid 911 due to the current state of battery technology, citing weight as a potential hindrance to driving dynamics, Auto Express reports.

“It will be the next evolution of this car—that means at least four years from today,” according to 911 product line director August Achleitner.

However, sources say one of the other more hotly debated aspects of a 911 hybrid would be if its power output would de-throne the top-of-the-line Turbo or Turbo S. With the amounts of torque electric motors make available, and with four-wheel-drive, it certainly has the potential to do so.

The current ‘992’ generation of the 911 has been designed with the possibility of adding a hybrid powertrain in the future, but not until battery systems improve vastly.

“When I am thinking about a hybrid version of the 911 I do not mean like the Panamera or Cayenne, I mean like the 919 Le Mans car,” Achleitner added.

Porsche is already using hybrid and electric technology in its Cayenne E-Hybrid SUV and upcoming Taycan sedan, but those models are not as performance-oriented as the thoroughbred 911. Sports cars are very important to Porsche, which is why this vehicle will receive the most scrutiny from engineers.

To keep purists happy, the GT3, GT3 RS and GT2 RS will remain solely gasoline-powered for the foreseeable future.

Source: Driving

December 3, 2018