Rumors have been swirling around about a hybrid Porsche 911 launching sometime, but so far such a model hasn’t come to market. Many 911 enthusiasts couldn’t be happier about this fact, but it looks like yet again their worst nightmare might actually come to production.
While nothing has been officially decided, Porsche CEO Matthias Muller has stated that the company is seriously exploring the idea of a hybrid version of the 911. If it does come about, the new model would be part of the next-generation of the car that is slated to launch in 2018.
What will a hybrid version of the mighty Porsche 911 mean? It’s probably no coincidence the news comes as Mercedes-Benz is breathing down Porsche’s neck with its new AMG GT, which has the 911 squarely in its sights. By incorporating a new level of technology, Porsche could help differentiate its car from the competition, helping the model continue on with strong sales for some time to come.
Before anyone starts to whine that hybrids are “weak” or “useless,” just remember that the new 918 Spyder is a gasoline-electric hybrid model. Try to call the Porsche supercar useless or weak, because if you do you’ll sound ridiculous. The fact is that hybrid powertrains can go far beyond the Toyota Prius and its left lane-clogging ways, even helping boost performance and make vehicles more exciting.
Considering that Porsche right now is pushing the Panamera and Cayenne hybrid models toward a plug-in platform, a plug-in format could very well be the reality for the new 911. Does this mean that the Cayman and Boxster will also be offered with hybrid powertrains? So far, nobody in Porsche is confirming or denying the possibility, leaving that completely up to rumors and supposition. The automaker presumably will want to perfect its six-cylinder hybrid tech first before working on a four-cylinder setup, so don’t hold your breath.