Porsche questions need for 911 Hybrid
Porsche has prepared its latest, eighth-generation 911 for a hybrid-powered future, but has yet to decide whether it needs a petrol-electric powertrain.
Speaking to Australian media at the 2018 Los Angeles motor show, where the Type 992 series made its official debut, the head of the 911 range, August Achleitner, said the upcoming Taycan EV - and Cross Turismo spin-off - will ensure Porsche meets strict company-wide emmissions regulations and that a hybrid-powered 911 may not be necessary.
Achleitner confirmed the new eight-speed dual-clutch transmission in the 911 is packaged to include an integrated electric motor, and the car now features an electric brake booster (rather than a conventional pnuematic system), to ensure it is capable of a hybrid powertrain in the future.
"But today the battery technology wouldn’t be satisfying for us, and if it doesn’t satisfy us then we won’t offer it," he said.
"It doesn’t make sense to offer a hybrid version which will just stay in the showroom [because there isn't demand].
"From the company’s point of view it wouldn’t be necessary for us either with the Taycan next year (pictured below) and with the next project we are developing together with Audi we will have so many electric cars that we will have fulfilled our C02 requirements for the company easily.
"It’s more a question of [whether] regulations [dictate that drivers can] go into cities or not where a hybrid might be necessary."
In any case, a hybrid 911 is at least four years away when the 992 receives its mid-cycle update.
Interestingly, Achleitner didn't dismiss the possibility of an all-electric 911 in the car's long-term future.
"If you had asked me two years ago if I had imagined an electric 911 I would have answered “forget it, no chance”," he said.
"But in the meantime we have had several test rides with the Taycan and this is quite an enjoyable thing. So now why not in the 911?
"Of course, not today... we will concentrate completely on the Taycan and the project with Audi."
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