For devotees still fuming about the company’s embrace of water-cooled engines, Porsche has some good news: Don’t expect a 911 hybrid anytime soon. Because while Stuttgart has embraced the technology for its weapons-grade race cars — see the Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid 2.0 — plans for a street version have now been officially nixed.
The news comes straight from 911 program chief August Achleitner, who recently confirmed to Car and Driver that the project is dead. Because while the company was reportedly working on a hybrid 911 as recently as last year, the engineers ultimately decided that merging a hybrid powertrain with Porsche’s iconic sports car involved too many sacrifices.
Chief among them, unsurprisingly, was weight. The addition of the system would have tacked a few hundred pounds onto the car, and create a performance gap the instant torque and efficiency of an electric boost simply couldn’t overcome. It also would have been expensive, and there was no way that Porsche was going to release a pricey 911 which delivered sub-par performance. But that doesn’t mean the company has given up on hybrid technology entirely.
Porsche currently offers hybrid versions of its Panamera sedan and Cayenne SUV, both of which continue to deliver the athletic abilities that drivers demand from anything sporting its storied crest. Of course, it’s worth noting that the 918 Spyder also utilizes a pair of electric motors, which contribute to the supercar’s ferocious 887 horsepower and mind-bending 944 pound-feet of torque. Its successor — which is nearly a decade away — is certain to use hybrid powertrain, though whether it will be a plug-version like Porsche had planned for the 911 hybrid remains to be seen.
The company is currently celebrating the production of the one millionth 911, so the decision not to release any version which would tarnish such a fantastic achievement seems wise. But if we had to bet? You’ll eventually be able to find a hybrid 911 at your local AutoNation-affiliated Porsche dealer — just don’t hold your breath.