- When the 911 Hybrid arrives, it won’t be a plug-in hybrid, Porsche CEO Oliver Bloom told media at a roundtable on Thursday.
- Blume calls it a “sport hybrid” and says it was inspired by the Le Mans-winning 919 Hybrid race car.
- Blume also reiterated that the 718 will be electrified while maintaining its mid-engine proportions.
Porsche has long considered a hybrid 911. Back in 2017, when the current-generation 992 was still in development, Porsche went back and forth about whether to sell a hybrid 911 and what form the hybrid would take. Three years after the 992 began production, a hybrid model has yet to appear, but in a roundtable interview yesterday, Porsche CEO Oliver Bloom confirmed its existence and hinted at what we can expect from a 911 hybrid.
Previous reports had suggested an electrified 911 would come in plug-in hybrid form, but during the roundtable, Bloom made it clear that the 911 would not be a plug-in, leaving that responsibility to the Cayenne SUV and Panamera models. Instead, he described the 911 as a “sport hybrid” and even said it was inspired by the 919 Hybrid, the enduro car that won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2015, 2016 and 2017. When asked if the 911 GT model likes that the GT3 will get a hybrid in the future, Blume simply replied that we should expect a “surprise” from the 911.
During the roundtable, Bloom also reiterated that the smaller 718 range will see an all-electric model in 2025 that will retain the dimensions of a classic mid-engine sports car. A Macan EV arriving in the U.S. in 2024 has been confirmed again, and Porsche has also reiterated that it continues to develop synthetic fuels. The automaker said it aims to fully electrify 80 percent of its sales by 2030, with synthetic fuels helping to close the remaining gap.