According to 4WheelsNews, German automaker Porsche reportedly filed a patent application and submitted a sketch for a Porsche 911 plug-in hybrid.

Official details are non-existent at this time, but we suspect that the 911 PHEV will utilize technology similar (though the gas engine will likely be different) to what's found in the Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid.

Basic Panamera S E-Hybrid specs include:

  • 95 hp electric motor
  • Electricity is stored in a 9.4-kWh lithium-ion battery pack
  • Top speed in electric-only mode is 84 mph
  • Top speed 167 mph with the gas engine cranking
  • Panamera S E-hybrid accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 5.2 seconds
Of course, the 911 is lighter than the Panamera and, as such, would outperform the sedan even if equipped with an identical system.

Other reports suggest that perhaps Porsche will fit the 911 PHEV with tech borrowed from the radical Porsche 918 Spyder.  The Porsche 918 Spyder specs include:

  • 0 to 62 MPH in 2.5 seconds
  • 0 to 124 MPH in 7.2 seconds
  • 0 to 62 MPH in Electric-Only Mode 6.2 seconds or 6.1 With the Upgraded Weissach Package
  • 0 to 186 MPH in 19.9 seconds
  • 4.6-Liter V8 Puts Out 599 HP
  • Total Power From Engine and 2 Electric Motors is 875 HP at 8,500 RPM
Whatever the route Porsche takes, look for a 911 plug-in hybrid to launch in 2017.  By that time, nearly every model (Panamera, Cayenne, Cayenne Coupe and 911) in Porsche's lineup will be offered with an optional PHEV system.

2015 Porsche 911 Targa

2015 Porsche 911 Targa

Source: 4WheelsNews