Finally, a hybrid version of the Porsche 911 is confirmed. Four years after the debut of the current generation 911 chassis, the 992, Porsche CEO Oliver Blume has confirmed what has been rumored since the release. The speculation came from the newest Porsches gearbox, which has provisions for adding an electric motor after a few tweaks are made. However, at the time of release, then-chief engineer August Achleitner claimed that Porsche hadn’t committed to making a hybrid model.
What Provisions Have Been Made to Electrify the Porsche 911?
A few key points of the 992 Porsche 911 design hint at the chassis’s future electrification. Road&Track spoke to August Achlietner back in 2018 about the engineering they have done for this possibility. Achleitner explains, “If you take the [eight-speed PDK] gearbox out of the car and have a look at it, you see there is so much space,” Achleitner said. “This empty space is able to integrate an electric motor later, so we are able to make a hybrid version out of the 911.”
The 992 Porsche 911 also makes use of a new electric brake booster instead of the traditional hydraulic style found in the previous generation. Without the vacuum from an internal combustion engine running, a hydraulic booster would not function properly. “[A hybrid] is not planned now for this part of the generation; we have to wait some years [to see] if it’s really necessary from a market point of view, for some regulations maybe,” Achleitner added. “And, of course, we would not be satisfied with today’s battery technology.”
Porsche 911 Hybrid is Officially in the Works
During an interview with Car magazine, Porsche (and Volkswagen Group) chairman Oliver Blume confirmed that the Porsche 911 hybrid is finally on its way. With rumors building a lot of hype around the electrification of the iconic sports car, this confirmation brings a lot of questions to the table. “Our aim is to offer in each of our segments—the two-door sports cars, the four-door [sedans], and the SUVs—a combustion engine version, a hybrid version, and a fully electric version,” Blume said. “Coming back to the two-door sports cars, we will add a very sporty hybridization to the 911, so then we will have the offer of combustion engines and hybrid in the 911, and we already announced we will come with a fully electric 718.”
The 718 is the Porsche Boxster, essentially a convertible-only, smaller version of the 911. A fully electric model is enticing, but the allure of hybrid performance in the 911 is unrivaled. Although Blume did not specify a date for the 911 hybrid release, he did reiterate Porsche’s goal of reaching 80 percent electrified sales by 2030. He said the 911 “will be the model which we will drive as long as we can with a combustion engine.”
What Will A Porsche 911 Hybrid Look Like?
Even with the current 992 Porsche 911 coming up on a facelift in the next few years, Porsche will most likely hold out to add the electric provisions. The gearbox, brake booster, and other small accompanying components make sense, but there is little space in the 992 to add a battery pack. So the already limited frunk space would need to be sacrificed, much like how it was on the Porsche 911 GT3 RS in the name of aerodynamics.
A brand new 911 chassis would be the best route for Porsche to take for the hybrid model. Redesigning around a battery pack and using the tested features on the 992 would make for a much better package. Although, a hybrid 992 isn’t impossible. Porsche was seen pushing a hybrid version of the 992.2 911 at the Nurburgring just a few months ago. So keep your eyes peeled; the future of the Porsche 911 is finally here.