Speaking to the UK’s Autocar magazine at the Geneva auto show, Porsche boss Oliver Blume said a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) variant of the 911 could boast 700 hp.
“The 911 plug-in must be a very strong performing car,” said Blume. “It will be the most powerful 911 we’ve ever had.”
While the next-gen 911 (also known by its 992 chassis code) will debut this fall at the Paris auto show, Blume said the PHEV variant would follow a couple of years later. As do many high-performance hybrids, the 911 would use electricity as a power-adder rather than a fuel-saver, with Blume adding the car will have “a special button for the electric punch.”
The 911 will use an electric drive system tailor-made for the rear-engine coupe but it will be based on lessons learned in the development of the brand’s Panamera hybrid and the limited-run 918 Spyder hybrid supercar.
Blume’s 700-hp claim suggests the most potent 911 PHEV would build on the next-gen 911 Turbo. The current Turbo S uses a 3.8-litre turbocharged six-cylinder engine which, if teamed up with the 136-hp electric motor from the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid, could certainly break the 700-hp barrier. That Panamera nearly gets there with 680 hp from a 4.0-litre turbo V6 and its electric motor.