Confirmed: Porsche 911 Plug-In Hybrid Coming In 2023

DEC 25 2017 BY ADRIAN PADEANU 20

In the words of Bob Dylan, “the times they are a-changin’.”

Porsche 911 Targa

Porsche has gone back and forth regarding the launch of a partially electrified 911 and now we have official confirmation from the company’s CEO that it will happen.

In an interview with Automotive News, Oliver Blume revealed the engineers in Stuttgart are already working on a plug-in hybrid derivative of the 911 and that it will debut with the mid-cycle refresh of the next generation, specifically about four years later.

Taking into account the new 992 is slated to come out in 2019, it means the eco-friendly version is scheduled to arrive in 2023 or 2024 at the latest.

“It will be very important for the 911 to have a plug-in hybrid,” said the man in charge at Porsche, adding that although it hasn’t been green-lighted just yet, “[it’s] my opinion that we will go for it.”

The new 911 has been developed from day one with electrification in mind thanks to a platform that will be able to accommodate battery tech, according to Blume. The decision to wait until the next-generation’s mid-cycle revamp allows Porsche to perfect the plug-in hybrid system to squeeze more power and improve the batteries to allow a greater range.

Speaking of which, the company’s CEO estimates the hybridized 911 will be able to travel for up to 43 miles (69 kilometers) running solely on electric power (think NEDC in this case, so likely about 30 miles/48 km in the real world/EPA), mentioning “the potential is very good with the new generation of batteries.”

Needless to say, the adoption of a plug-in hybrid system will bring some extra weight, but Porsche has certainly done the math and believes the performance and efficiency advantages will offset the weight penalty caused by the extra hardware.

Source: Automotive News

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20 Comments on "Confirmed: Porsche 911 Plug-In Hybrid Coming In 2023"

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Gazz

Wow in five years you might get a plug-in with a two liter four point and half assed performance. The proper versions will be non plug-in hybrid.

L'amata

0r a Proper BEV with Long range Batteries like the new Tesla Roadster 0 to 60 mph in 1.9 seconds 250 Mph top end , at a reasonable price .From Porsche?, It’ll take a miracle…lol… Merry Christmas !

mr. M

The 911 is the cheap porsche. So they are effectively saying in 2023 even the cheapest porsche will own a plug.

Voodoo

911s are the highest price Porsches starting at 90K and going up to 290K for the 911 GT2RS. The lowest price Porches are the Macaans starting at $47K. Porsche currently has hybrid models of the Panmera and Cayenne which are both lower priced than the 911.

God/Bacardi

The Porsche 918 Spyder is a hybrid and has the quickest independently verified 0-60 of any production car at 2.2…

Fant

I guess the point of launching a hybrid 911 is to actually sell a few. Then it has to be attractive, with means high performance. As seen with 918 and 919, hybrid can very well give super performance. Why not in a 911, when you have 918, McLaren P1 and La Ferrari?

Ken

As usual any “announced” model for 5+ years in the future has no real meaning coming from an automobile manufacturer.

At the pace current tech is improving anything announced now will be so far behind in 5+ years it won’t be competitive.

Lou Grinzo

Agree strongly.

There was a time in the car biz when the effective planning horizon was likely at or above 5 years. But that is not the world we live in today. The disruption caused by electrification (let alone autonomous vehicles) still isn’t fully understood and appreciated by all car companies, as this announcement shows.

I suspect that the laggard companies, like Porsche, will figure things out in time to avoid going out of business, but they better hurry up…

John Doe
There is more to this news then they say. This model probably will feature a solid state battery due to weight and energy storage capasity. For a car that is made for very active handling, weight is important. At the same time, the battery can give extra boost, and may also result in no pollution while driving in the city, and a better overall gas milage. They have been testing systems like this since Q3 2016. They are working on weight reductions on the complete system. They are testing several battery solutions, which have advantages and disadvantages. It may even feature a hybrid battery (you’ll probably see that solution from several brands during the next few years, since many are working on it (VW group, BMW, Mercedes, Volvo trucks, PSA and Toyota at least). In the hybrid battery module there is a solid state main battery and a super capasitor (Porsche is expected to use stacked electrodes, to get a prismatic capacitor form factor)module for quicker boost. There may also be a super capacitor in the break regen system, for active handling, and in practice it can bypass the regular battery system. The super capacitors are made as changeable modules… Read more »
pjwood1

Any Flux Capacitor coming from Porsche?

Don Zenga

Another false promise.

If Roadster costs $200,000 for a 620 mile range, then it will cost $150,000 for 300 mile range version and that will fulfill the need for fast drivers. We don’t need to wait until 2023.

TM

The only thing “confirmed” is the announcement, not the product. 5 yrs is a long time and almost anything can happen

Gerhard Hauer

2023/24?

get the hell outta here.

David H

To everyone moaning about the timeline and possible false promises:
I can only agree with “mr M.” on this. The 911 is the Porsche for the masses. Porsche already has developed and sold hybrids and plug-in hybrids. Currently, the Panamera is being sold with a plug both in the sedan and wagon version with 50 km range (NEDC). The 918 Spyder featured two electric engines in 2013, so they already have the knowhow. The Macan is supposed to also be avaliable as a pure EV in 2022. But before that, the Mission-E will come out in 2019.

With this news, Porsche has plans to electrify more than half of it’s models within the next iteration.
This is great!

This is correct. Porsche already has plenty of experience in this field, but the 911 is an iconic, LIGHTWEIGHT sports car which will take careful planning to meet their standards. Amazing how many people are quick to put down the efforts of these automakers

pjwood1

Warren, What is amazing about pointing out how 911’s got heavy a long time ago? They aren’t LIGHTWEIGHT. My last GT3 weighed the same as my Passat wagon (~3,200lbs).

It is impossible to put down an effort that doesn’t exist. I don’t understand why you stand up for it? Why not give them credit where it’s due, and not where it isn’t. They have a pattern of saying things that don’t come true, with electrification. They pled criminally guilty, for saying things that weren’t true, only months ago. What is bizarre would be finding anyone quick to trust them, anymore.

It’s sad, but there’s a way to earn being “put down”.

Safety regulations have made cars heavy. Where have you been to think a 400+hp car weighing 3200lbs is heavy?
That is lighter than a Camaro, M4, GTR, Corvette, etc. In fact it’s about as light as a Carbon Fiber 720S. And a wide tired high HP car is heavy as your econobox? Nothing surprising there.

Gasbag

Bollocks. If the concern is weight then go with a serial hybrid rather than a parallel hybrid. The main problem is the ICE religion. Their religion dictates a design where electric motors and batteries are adjuncts to ICE. Reverse that and they’d have an electrified winner now.

pjwood1

If it was safety regulations, it was long ago for the 911. It’s curb weights climbed above 3000lbs back as far as the 80’s.

I honestly don’t think its safety as much as marketing teams who, in the last couple decades have served baby boomers wanting “sport” attached to their cruiser. That’s how Audi S5, BMW M3, 911 Turbo started coming in above 3,500lb. People don’t care. The (increasingly ancient) lineage may be iconic, but not the weight.

How is Mazda delivering ~2,400lb Miatas, today, if Porsche can’t go back there?

Thadd J

I have a Panamera Turbo and a Tesla Model S. I can’t wait to see the mission-E. Porsche will come through. These are the two top rated companies for consumer satisfaction.