The 992-generation Porsche 911 PHEV is set to arrive in 2021, and according to Porsche CEO Oliver Blume, it will be the most powerful model in 911 history.
There's been talk about a Porsche 911 plug-in hybrid on and off for some time. As soon as we publish a piece saying it's not coming, then we hear it is coming. The timeline has been a mess and different reports quote different specs. This seems to be the way Volkswagen Group functions, although it seems that Porsche is a bit ahead of (and more serious than) some of the other brands.
Porsche 911 Turbo
We recently reported that the plug-in 911 would be here by 2023, but now it looks like 2021. We also shared the rumors (shown above) that it might have 485 horsepower. Apparently, that's not correct anymore either.
Now, we have more information directly from the mouth of the boss. Oliver Blume recently shared:
“The 911 plug-in must be a very strong performing car. It will be the most powerful 911 we’ve ever had; 700bhp might be possible.”
According to Autocar, the motor will probably be the same as that of the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid, with at least 136bhp. It will likely be paired with a turbocharged, flat six-cylinder engine.
The current ICE 911 Turbo S churns out 572bhp, so if Blume's statement proves true, this will be a huge leap for Porsche. He also added that drivers will have access to:
"a special button for the electric punch."
The upcoming 911 (non-hybrid, known as the 992) will be unveiled at the upcoming Paris Motor Show. The plug-in hybrid will follow a few years later. With Porsche's experience with current plug-ins, as well as the upcoming Mission E, this shouldn't be some epic feat, however, we shall see when and if it actually pans out.