Porsche CEO confirms hybrid 911

Porsche Mission E testing

Porsche Mission E testing

It might not go into production for a while, but a plug-in version of Porsche's most popular model is in the works.

Oliver Blume used the Los Angeles Auto Show to let it slip that the newcomer should receive a gas-electric version, as Automotive News writes. The new 992 is scheduled for 2019, which means the PHEV variant won't dot down until 2023 at the earliest.

Needless to say, the adoption of a plug-in hybrid system will bring some extra weight, but Porsche has certainly done the math and believes the performance and efficiency advantages will offset the weight penalty caused by the extra hardware.

The project hasn't been greenlighted yet but you can bet it will if Porsche's CEO is saying as much.

The new 911 has been developed from day one with electrification in mind thanks to a platform that will be able to accommodate battery tech, according to Blume. The decision to wait until the mid-cycle refresh gives Porsche enough time to flawless the hybrid system, with engineers now searching for more power and extended range. Speaking of which, the company's CEO estimates the hybridized 911 will be able to travel for up to 43 miles (69 kilometers) running exclusively on electric power, mentioning "the potential is very good with the new generation of batteries".

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