Rumor: Porsche 911 Hybrid to take on BMW i8

Rumors | January 8th, 2015 by 3
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According to Autocar, Porsche might be working on a BMW i8 competitor.

While still unconfirmed, Porsche boss Matthias Müller is said to be favoring a Porsche 911 Hybrid but only in the next generation.

“There is no reason against it and we will see whether we have some reasons to do it. We are doing some studies to see whether it can work, whether it will work. We will see.”

Just like BMW, Porsche is thinking about the brand reputation and how to best package a high-performance hybrid sports car.

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“We have to take care for our 911 customers and the image of the car because that is a very important decision and we have to do a lot of analysis before we decide,” Müller said.

The rumor is that the 911 Hybrid has been on the drawing board for at least a year as Porsche tries to figure out how to deal with the challenging fuel economy regulations.

“This hybrid technology has two reasons,” Mueller said. “One is the CO2, but another reason for this technology is the sportiness.

“As we have proved with the 918 Spider, with a supersports car it can work, and that could also be a solution for 911.”

BMW is also pushing forward their hybrid technology and a new generation hybrids will arrive starting next year. An i8-like car with the new eDrive, either dubbed i8S or i9, is expected to be unveiled next year.

The hybrid system in the Cayenne, Panamera and Macan uses a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 petrol engine coupled with an electric motor with a lithium ion battery pack, but it remains unknown if a similar setup will be used in the 911 Hybrid.

Müller also hints at a Cayenne Hybrid and a Panamera hybrid car next year.