Porsche chief talks electric 718, hybrid 911 flagship
The electrified 911 will be the "highest-performance 911 of all."
Porsche CEO Oliver Blume has shed more light on the brand's electrification plans, including a planned hybrid 911 and the possibility of an all-electric 718 series.
Speaking to Top Gear, the executive promised the 911 hybrid will outperform all current configurations. The statement presumably encompasses even the current 911 GT2 RS with 690 horsepower and a 2.7-second launch to 60 mph, meshing with rumors of a hybrid powertrain with more than 700 horsepower.
"We have said the next 911 will add a hybrid version. That will be the highest-performance 911 of all," Blume said. "So it won't have the extra weight of batteries, it will be a non-plug-in hybrid. We have the experience to do that - look at the racing 919."
The company has no immediate plans to build an all-electric 911. Instead, the segment could be served by a battery powered Cayman/Boxster that is under consideration for the next generation.
"[The next-gen 718] could be electric," Blume added. "We have to decide in the next 12 months, because of the lifecycle of the 718."
The German performance marque may have at least one rival willing to share development costs, as Toyota's top engineer recently mentioned Porsche would be his top choice for collaborating on an EV platform to underpin a spiritual successor to the MR2. Such an agreement could follow the blueprint that led to the current Supra and Z4, providing plenty of flexibility for both brands to pursue unique exterior/interior designs on the shared architecture.
The 911 hybrid is expected to arrive on the market first in 2022 for the recently-introduced 992 generation. Previous rumors suggest Porsche may be considering two different hybrid configurations, including an electrified equivalent to the 911 Carrera that could be sold alongside the performance range-topper.