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911 Plug-In Hybrid Being Reconsidered

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911 Plug-In Hybrid Being Reconsidered

2015 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS

2015 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS (Credit: Porsche)

A new report from Automotive New indicates that Porsche is once again considering producing the 911 pug-in hybrid. This is odd, as only recently, Porsche executives shot down the idea of an electrify 911.

According to an interview with Porsche CEO Matthias Mueller, the boss of the German automaker said, “why not” in regards to a 911 hybrid. Mueller continued, “That is a technique which we at Porsche are very familiar with, so we can suppose that we could have plug-ins all over the model range, not only to save fuel but also to boost the performance of these cars.”

If you think about it, Porsche actually is quite familiar with this eco-boosting and power-enhancing system, thanks to plug-in versions of its 918 Spyder, Panamera, and Cayenne. What’s more, of Panamera sales in the U.S., some 15 percent of them are of the S E-Hybrid model, leading the brand to believe buyers may snatch up the 911 Hybrid in droves.

What’s more, the automaker anticipates 10 to 12 parent of Cayenne sales to be of the plug-in model. The leads to Mueller stating that the 911 could “possibly” be the next plug-in model, though he stopped short of officially confirming it.

Mueller also mentioned that the 911 Hybrid is still on the negotiation table with no official plans yet. The big issue at hand here is if it is possible to add the electric-propulsion system to the 911 without compromising its driveability and handling.

Rumor has it that this hybrid 911 could produce in excess of 700 horsepower, thanks to a 560-horsepower flat-six engine and a 156-horsepwoer electric motor.

For now, this is all just hearsay, but more information should roll out soon, as we get close to the potential release of this vehicle.

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