One of the things that the very serious community of Porsche 911 enthusiasts concerned themselves with is the idea of a hybrid 911. From an evolutionary standpoint, it seemed to make sense. The 918 Spyder is a hybrid, after all. But the hybrid 911 is apparently dead now, so you can shelve all of your heated debates.
A few years ago, most of us would have scoffed at the idea of a hybrid Porsche 911. But now we live in the era of high-performance hybrids like Porsche's own 918 Spyder, and the idea isn't so silly anymore. But while we've suspected Porsche has been testing a hybrid 991 911, the idea is apparently off the table for…
What looks like an average Porsche 991 Carrera at first has a surprise in its back seat that looks like some kind of electrical engine or battery pack. Is this the 18th 911 'hybrid' variant we've been waiting for?
Specs from the 2012 Porsche 911 either show a slight improvement for the new generation (codenamed 991) or mark the end times. Changes include new transmissions, longer wheelbase, launch control and and a more Panameraesque interior. Oh, and an optional hybrid drivetrain.
Jalopnik tipster Cyrus came across a murder of crow-black Porsches at a California gas station: two Boxsters and this camouflaged 911 Turbo. Strangest part? The 911 made no sound as it pulled away. Is Porsche considering a hybrid 911?
Porsche's fancy new President and CEO Michael Macht, speaking at the Frankfurt Motor Show, stated the performance brand is developing hybrid and electric powertrains for sports cars. However, current batteries aren't "sufficient to meet Porsche's strict requirements." Press release below.