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Report: Porsche to Decide on Plug-In 911 This Year

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 5/15/2015 Kelly Pleskot

By the end of this year, we’ll know whether or not Porsche has decided to build the long-rumored plug-in hybrid version of the 911.

Porsche CEO Matthias Mueller told Automotive News that executives are negotiating whether a 911 plug-in will be the brand’s next plug-in hybrid offering in its lineup. Porsche currently offers three other plug-in cars, including the 918 Spyder dedicated hybrid model as well as variants of the Cayenne and Panamera.

2015 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS

Apparently, Porsche has seen big sales success with its plug-in models. Porsche claims that around 15 percent of all Panameras sold in the U.S. are plug-in models, while the same will be said for about 10 to 12 percent of Cayennes.

A year ago, we reported that Porsche was plotting a plug-in hybrid version of the Chevy Corvette Z06" target="_blank">911 Turbo S with over 700 hp. Why? Because Porsche already has the software from the 918 Spyder, and electric traction motors and lithium ion batteries would be easy to scale. And let’s not forget that Europe is closing in on stricter emissions standards, which already have some cities looking to ban internal combustion and regular hybrids altogether.

Porsche says that it is feasible to make plug-in hybrid versions of every car in its lineup. “We could have plug-ins all over the model range, not only to save fuel but also to boost the performance of these cars,” Mueller said.

Source: Automotive News (Subscription Required)

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