We must have mentioned the prospect of a Porsche 911 Hybrid at least half-a-dozen times now, always with the caveat that the rumors were unproven, speculative, and to be taken with a grain of salt.
Until now: Porsche’s Head of Research and Development Wolfgang Hatz has revealed that as-of the next generation, there will be a Porsche 911 Hybrid.
This joyous news comes to us courtesy of Motor Authority, who report that before a hybridized 911 comes along, most of the engines available in the current type-991 will see the introduction of turbochargers. That will happen at the mid-cycle refresh point later this year.
A Porsche 911 Hybrid most likely won’t come along until the type-991 is replaced with a new generation. Both moves – the hybrid drivetrain and the expanded use of turbochargers – are necessitated by ever-tightening emissions regulations.
Thankfully, as many of the industry’s most revered insiders will tell you, electrification is the future, and it needn’t come at the expense of performance. In fact, the experience gained from the Porsche 918 Spyder and 919 race car will prove invaluable to producing a stratospherically capable, engaging, and fun Porsche 911 Hybrid.
Like the 918, the Porsche 911 Hybrid will likely be a plug-in, with one electric motor per axle. Sadly, the hybrid drivetrain isn’t expected to be initially introduced in any but the highest-performance 911 variants.