We have heard tons of rumors recently about whether Porsche will incorporate electric propulsion and autonomous driving into the 911 at some point in the future. Now, thanks to an official statement by Porsche, we finally know where the company stands on the matter. It turns out, both technologies could have a place in Porsche’s flagship at some point down the line, possibly in the 992 generation.
August Achleitner, Director of the 911 model line, revealed his thoughts on the possibility of an electrified 911. “Two years ago I’d have said no way,” Achleitner said. “Today I wouldn’t categorically rule it out.”
Achleitner credits Porsche’s first all-electric car, the Mission E, as well as the company’s Le Mans-winning 919 Hybrid race car as reasoning for the consideration.
I drove the prototype of our coming electric sports car, the Mission E, and it was a very compelling experience,” he said. “And the performance of the Porsche LMP race cars with hybrid drive systems is quite simply sensational.”
Achleitner feels similarly about autonomous systems, but makes it clear the 911 will be a driver’s car first and foremost.
“[Autonomous driving systems] are convenient and useful things,” he said. “But the customer has to make the choice to use them and, above all, be able to switch them off when they’re not desired.”
“That’s why a 911 will always have a steering wheel,” he added.
“…if autonomously driving cars break through more quickly than expected? “Then the 911 will be one of the last cars to drive autonomously.”