Porsche confirms that the sporty 911 hybrid will not be a plug-in

  • Porsche CEO Oliver Blume told media at a Thursday roundtable that when the 911 hybrid arrives, it won’t be a plug-in hybrid.
  • Blume called it a “sports hybrid” and said it was inspired by the Le Mans-winning 919 Hybrid race car.
  • Blume also reaffirmed that the 718 will be electrified while retaining its mid-engine proportions.

    Porsche has been thinking about a hybrid 911 for a long time. Back in 2017, when the current generation 992 was still being developed, Porsche was going back and forth about whether it wanted to sell a hybrid 911 and what form that hybrid would take. Three model years after the start of production of the 992, the hybrid model has yet to appear, but in a roundtable interview yesterday, Porsche CEO Oliver Blume confirmed its existence and dropped a few hints at what we can expect from a 911 hybrid.

    Previous reports had suggested the electrified 911 would arrive as a plug-in hybrid, but during the roundtable Blume explicitly said the 911 would not be plug-in, leaving that duty to the Cayenne SUV and Panamera models. Instead, he described the 911 as a “sporty hybrid” and even said it was inspired by the 919 Hybrid, an endurance racing car that won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2015, 2016 and 2017. When asked if 911 GT models, like the GT3, will receive hybridization in the future, Blume simply replied that we should expect “surprises” from the 911 down the line.

    During the roundtable, Blume also reaffirmed that the smaller 718 range will spawn an all-electric model in 2025, which will retain the classic mid-engined roadster dimensions. The Macan EV which will arrive in the United States in 2024 has again been confirmed, and Porsche has also reiterated its continued development of synthetic fuels. The automaker said it aims for 80% of its sales to be fully electric by 2030, with synthetic fuel helping to close the remaining gap.

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