According to the latest rumor flying around the mill, German sports car maker Porsche is set to announce as early as today the introduction of a 911 plug-in hybrid version coming sometimes in 2018.
The news shouldn’t be taken with the usual dose of salt because it comes courtesy of official channels – company chief executive Oliver Blume has commented for German newspaper Westfalen-Blatt about this important introduction and the interview is pending for release. The manager said the 911 plug-in hybrid would come up with an electric range of up to 31 miles (50 kilometers) and dealerships will be stocked with this version in 2018. This is not the first time we heard about this eco-friendly 911, with engineering chief Erhard Mössle speaking about it and how hard it is for performance-driven engineers to resolve the wide array of issues associated with packaging the bulkier green powertrain on the classic 911. He also tipped that their 911 plug-in hybrid would make part of the next generation range which is being engineered from the ground up to make room for the setup.
By the way, the same interview with the CEO also revealed his opinion for the immediate future of autonomous driving – the specifics are that in the company’s view the Porsche would remain a gentlemen’s driver brand. We were anyways weary of Porsches that manhandle corners like champs just to reveal afterwards it was the AI behind the driving – how fair would it be for the owner behind the wheel that paid to have a performance experience?