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Porsche Puts Hybrid 911 On Hold

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On: Wed, Oct 12, 2016 at 9:42AM | By: Carl Malek

Porsche Puts Hybrid 911 On Hold

Porsche's ongoing 911 Hybrid project has had a long and winding road to production feasibility. The project has been delayed multiple times, and a new report suggests that the project has been put on hold once again, with the future shrouded in secrecy and doubt.

The latest rumors center around statements made by Michael Steiner, the head of Porsche's development division. Steiner said that building a gasoline/electric hybrid version of the 911 is not that challenging, especially since it would use technology borrowed from the 918 Spyder. However, Steiner also stated that Porsche is not actively developing a road-going 911 hybrid and, as a result, the model has not been formally given the green light for production. Instead, the bulk of their efforts are centered around the Mission E sedan and Porsche's efforts at making the star of the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show into a production-spec offering.

"It at least looks like the market potential on a new vehicle with completely (electric) drive is more than another derivative of the 911. We decided we would do the Mission E as our priority one. It's in serial development," Steiner said in an interview with Drive magazine during the Paris Motor Show.

It’s important to remember that while Steiner’s comments pretty much confirmed that the 911 Hybrid is not happening in the near future, it doesn't necessarily mean that the project is dead; there is a possibility it could very well make its appearance after an undetermined period of time. This is suggested by a separate statement by Steiner in which he said that all options are still on the table regarding the project. Then there is a recent Twitter post by Porsche said the German sports car maker had plans to offer a hybrid option for every one of its models including the 911. As usual from posts of this type, the term "near future" is vague at best, but many in the industry believe that it was confirmation that the iconic two-door coupe was set to embrace hybrid technology by the end of the decade.

A key factor in all this is the debut of the next generation 911, which is set to take place in 2018. That model will be a ground-up revamp and it could serve as a compelling glimpse into whether the company will, indeed, offer a hybrid version of the 911.


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