Porsche Comes to its Senses and Kills Off 911 Plug-in Hybrid

Porsche 911 enthusiasts can finally exhale.

The German automaker has decided to cancel development of an electrified Porsche 911 model, which would have been part of the next-generation’s (992) lineup. Speaking to Car and Driver, the head of 718 and 911 development, August Achleitner, confirmed the project was actually killed off last year despite it being very efficient on paper. But as many suspected, the plug-in hybrid 911 would have been a lot heavier than a standard model, which resulted in compromises Porsche didn’t want to make.

Not only would a 911 plug-in hybrid be heavier and affect the sports car’s handling capabilities, it also increased the cost to the point that Porsche wouldn’t make the same profit margin as it does on other 911 models.

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Achleitner said that “in the end, the disadvantages outweighed the advantages,” causing Porsche to shelf the project. He didn’t exactly say it’s permanently dead, so there is a possibility the German automaker could revisit it at a future point in time, but it’s unlikely it will be in the near future. For now, Porsche will focus on making the 911 even more efficient to deal with regulations.

[Source: Car and Driver]

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