Porsche had a successful event at LA Auto Show with their new 911. At this event, Carrera S and 4S variant was unveiled but other models will join this lineup such as GT3 and 911 Turbo. The new 911 has been designed to accommodate hybrid powertrain, but it remains a huge mystery when 911 Hybrid might arrive or even hit production. Speaking to Auto Express, 911 product line director August Achleitner said that Porsche 911 Hybrid is the next evolution and hence it could be four year away. He further added that Porsche 911 Hybrid won’t arrive until facelift version arrives in 2023.
Despite long wait, August hinted that wait would be worth it. He said that if eight-speed PDK gearbox is taken out, there is so much space available and it can be used to utilize electric motors. What he actually meant is a mystery, but the publication believes that the model won’t shelve plug-in hybrid powertrain. Porsche 911 Hybrid might have exhaust energy recovery system and lithium-ion battery. It will power the electric motor at the front axle. Nonetheless, there is huge debate going around the battery. Porsche is not happy with the current battery technology.
One of the biggest issues with the battery is its weight which will drastically impact the dynamic of 911. Porsche had previous worked on hybrid sports car with 918 Spyder and weight of batteries is compensated by expensive carbon-fiber chassis and carbon-fiber bodywork. Even with all these components, it weighed 3700 lbs. For August Achleitner, Porsche 911 Hybrid will be like 919 LMP1. If buyers are too eager to own latest Porsche, then they could go for 911 Carrera S which is priced from $113,200 and arrives next summer. 911 Carrera S is powered with turbocharged 3.0 liter flat-six engine and offers 443hp and 515Nm of torque.