Not even iconic sports cars like the Porsche 911 are safe from the relentless march of hybrid technology. New reports suggest that the next-generation 911, internally designated 992 and slated to debut by the end of the decade, will include a plug-in hybrid variant. The hybrid system will supplement a new range of turbocharged flat-sixes that will debut in the 991 911’s mid-cycle refresh.
According to Car and Driver, which spoke to a source familiar with the project, the 911 plug-in hybrid will use the latest in Porsche hybrid technology, currently in development for the next Panamera. Because European emissions tests are so sympathetic to hybrids, it will also crucially allow Porsche to improve both emissions and fuel consumption levels.
However, because this is Porsche we’re talking about, the new system will also make the 911 faster. Possibly, a lot faster. There’s also talk of a 911 Turbo hybrid with over 700 horsepower. “This hybrid technology has two reasons,” Porsche’s Matthias Muller recently told Car Advice. “One is CO2, but another reason for us for this technology is sportiness. As we have proved in the 918 Spyder… it can work.”
Continue reading to learn more about the Porsche 992.