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Plug-In Porsche 911 A Possibility, But Not Anytime Soon

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On: Fri, Jun 3, 2011 at 1:46PM | By: Chris Weiss

Plug-In Porsche 911 A Possibility, But Not Anytime Soon

The Porsche 911 (one of the greatest icons of the automotive world) is set for a redesign. The 2012 911 will debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show later this year, and rumors, spy shots, and speculation have been flying around willy nilly (yeah, I said willy nilly) as the new sports car draws nearer.

Now, if there's one thing we know about the Porsche 911, it's not going to look any different—the thing's looked pretty much the same for the past four-and-a-half decades, albeit with a very slow, steady stream of modernizations. So there's really no sense in speculating on what the 2012 911 is going to look like, just take a good look at the 2011 911.

Instead, speculation has turned to the 911's internals and how those internals might be changed to reflect the greener times. Recently, an Auto Blog report stated that Porsche would equip the 911 with a KERS system with flywheel generator. That report came from "Porsche sources." But a new report from (presumably) different Porsche sources quashes the rumor in no uncertain terms.

Autocar had a talk with a "high level source" about the possibility, and he had a pretty clear message about the 911 with KERS: “That’s nonsense. The system is currently applied to a race car. Nothing else is planned. The new 911 will not be offered with hybrid drive for the foreseeable future."

So, that's that. Not much room for interpretation or debate there.

But the official added, "If and when it is, then it will most likely happen as a plug-in."

Interestingly, in trying to quell rumors, the official opened up a whole new batch. As far as I know, a plug-in 911 wasn't even tickling the imagination of the most eco-friendly Porsche fan, so it's interesting that one was noted. Perhaps Porsche is considering adapting the powertrain of the 918 Spyder Hybrid to other cars in its line. The rumored sports coupe between the 918 and 911 may include a similar system, so this quote suggests that Porsche is at least discussing the possibility of knocking it even further down the line.


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