For more than 50 years, the Porsche 911 has been gracing American roadways with its unique styling and upscale appeal. The iconic flat-six is one of the most influential models offered by the prestigious brand. As the German-based automaker explores electric technology and increases its investments in the growing EV industry, consumers can’t help but wonder if an all-electric version of the Porsche 911 is on the horizon.
After much speculation, we set the record straight. Porsche recently verified that for the foreseeable future, the gas-powered rear-engine sports car is here to stay.
Will an electric version of the Porsche 911 ever become available?
Porsche claims the past five years have been the most successful period in its long history. CEO Oliver Blume can take credit for the extraordinary accomplishment.
The 52-year-old company leader is responsible for helping Porsche get through the COVID-19 pandemic unscathed. He was also the force behind bringing to market the Taycan, the first all-electric model for Porsche.
As the legendary brand continues to invest in electric technology, the automaker shot down a Porsche 911 EV idea until at least the 2030s.
Blume told Autoblog, “The concept of the 911 doesn’t allow a fully electric car, because we have the engine in the rear, and to put the weight of the battery in the rear, you wouldn’t be able to drive the car.”
The Porsche CEO emphatically stated, “For this decade, I’m very clear: the 911 will be a combustion-engined car.”
A hybrid model may be available much sooner
Blume was quick to point out, “We will continue to think on electrification, like very sporty hybridization, for the 911. Maybe for the next model range. We are already working on this concept.”
Porsche is not a stranger to electric vehicles, with hybrid versions of the Panamera and Cayenne already available. Bloomberg reported that according to Blume, “By 2025, half of all Porsche vehicles sold will be electrified – either fully battery-electric or plug-in hybrid.”
The current Porsche 911, introduced in 2018, is in its eighth generation. The next model concept the CEO referred to will most likely not appear until the end of this decade. There are no guarantees the 911 will be available in a hybrid variant, but Bloomberg predicts it is inevitable.
Blume confirmed, saying, “In the future for the 911, there are good ideas for a special kind of hybrid, a very performance-oriented hybrid, where we use, for example, a 400-volt system for our electric engine.” He explained, “That’s more or less our idea of how to continue with the 911.”
The 2021 Porsche 911 is sure to impress
The redesigned 2021 Porsche 911 has a staggering starting price of $100,550. With the sizable price tag, it’s no surprise that Car and Driver gave the high-performance sports car a 10 out of 10 rating.
With an unmistakable appearance, the 2 + 2 seater is powered by a twin-turbo 3.0-liter flat-six-cylinder engine. The base model pumps out an energetic 379 hp and 331 lb-ft of torque, while the Turbo S model can push 443 hp and 390 lb-ft of torque.
Edmunds highly recommends the iconic car, saying, “Overall, the 911 is one of our favorite cars on the road today. Its combination of performance excellence, everyday usability, and customization just can’t be [beaten].”
So, while the Porsche 911 may not become all-electric any time soon, the gas-powered vehicle is worthy of its reputation and guaranteed to impress for years to come.