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Hybrid Porsche 911 Coming In 2018???

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On: Mon, Nov 30, 2015 at 9:42AM | By: Carl Malek

Hybrid Porsche 911 Coming In 2018???

The Porsche 911 has always been known for being one of the most capable sportscars on the market; however, its extensive bag of tricks does not include a hybrid model. But if a new report is to be believed, that could very well change in the near future.

According to a report released by Autocar magazine, company insiders have revealed that engineers have started development on the first ever hybrid 911 in an effort to comply with stricter emissions standards that will sweep across Europe in 2020. Technical details about the hybrid are currently unknown, but the hybrid is expected to be capable of powering the 911 for short distances while increasing performance at the same time. However, don't look for the whole 911 model lineup to go hybrid. Base 911s will continue using the all new 3.0-liter turbocharged flat-six that was previewed last September in the updated 2017 model. Both rear- and all-wheel drive will be available, and look for the lineup to continue offering the choice of either a manual transmission or a dual clutch transmission. The hybrid will most likely be the lone exception to this established rule, and arrive with only the dual clutch transmission and all-wheel drive.

Meanwhile, in what would be a clear shift towards the opposite end of the eco-friendly market, Porsche is also allegedly open to the idea of creating an all-electric 911 variant which would be just as historic of a move as the creation of the aforementioned hybrid model. Unlike the hybrid, the EV variant has so far not gotten the green light for tentative production, nor has development formally kicked off. However, look for clearer signs of where the EV is in the development process in the distant future, especially if early prototypes are spotted. In addition, Porsche officials also appeared to cite a key reason for not approving development when pushed on the subject by the media. "An electric model is expensive, and you never know if you will get your money back," stated Porsche's director for the 911 line, Erhard Mossle.

If Autocar's sources and initial report are both proven correct, the 911 hybrid could be introduced alongside the next generation 911 at a future auto show, possibly as early as 2018, though we would not be too surprised if development and technical hurdles push this time frame back to either 2019 or 2020.


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