Porsche 918 Spyder
According to the Australian site motoring.com.au Porsche is considering a hybrid 911. Earlier CEO Matthias Mueller outlined the possibility.
The Porsche 918 Spyder demonstrated that high performance hybrids with the addition of external charging is something that can attract customers.
Hybrid (we believe plug-in hybrid) 911 will emerge as a naturally-aspirated 911 Carerra 4 sometime in 2018.
Rear axle probably will be powered by a petrol engine and the front by an electric motor. It will be also one of the solutions to achieve tighter CO2 emissions.
"Two of Porsche's most senior executives have all but confirmed that the sports car company's most iconic model, the 911, will go hybrid -- in the form of the next-generation all-wheel drive 911 Carrera 4.
Although purists may scoff, Porsche is convinced of the merits of a petrol-electric hybrid 911, which will leverage the technology used in Zuffenhausen's current Le Mans sports car campaign.
Even former Australian F1 and now Porsche race car driver Mark Webber is behind the idea, saying customers are ready to embrace the next step in sports cars."
Dr Frank-Stefan Walliser, Porsche's motorsport boss, said:
"It would be a Carrera 4, why not? With four-wheel drive what you can do, the freedom you have how to use the traction, you're not depending on the speed between the different axles,"
"It has to feel like a Porsche and like a 911. It must drive like these cars always drive," he said of a hybrid version, with the first iterations likely to be naturally aspirated – meaning that not all of Porsche's next-generation 911's will be turbocharged.
"I would say normally aspirated is the better choice . You save the weight of the turbo and you have the low-end torque of the electric motors so that fits normally better."
The Porsche executive also noted that "I expect we'll end up with every model line with a plug-in hybrid."