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Sources within Porsche told us that KERS would be available throughout the entire next-gen 911 range, but now, a Porsche executive calls it "nonsense." While the automaker is developing ways to make electric range extenders work in some Porsche models, a hybrid 911 reportedly isn't in the cards – for now.

When and if there's a 911 hybrid, it will be a long way down the line and will likely employ a plug-in system rather than a KERS-style regenerative braking setup. The reason the 911 won't get a hybrid drive anytime soon is pretty simple: Porsche has no interest in homogenizing its driving experience across the entire lineup.

Since electrics deliver all their power from zero rpm, they offer an extremely predictable power curve, and Porsche would rather each of its cars vary from its stablemates in power delivery and behavior. For now, it seems hybrid technology will be limited to the likes of the Panamera and Cayenne.


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      Rotation
      • 3 Years Ago
      The story always read as bogus, including the backup reasons included in the reports.
      guyverfanboy
      • 3 Years Ago
      This would be nice to be added to the diesel Cayenne and Panamera. :)
      mainframewayne
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wrong electric motors make zero power at zero rpm. But they can make maximum torque at zero rpm.
        Rotation
        • 3 Years Ago
        @mainframewayne
        Well, the math kind of breaks down at actual zero rpm for obvious reasons. But an electric motor generates "full power" at any RPM, in theory even 0 rpm. This would go along with AB's "all their power from zero rpm".
      soundbargaming
      • 3 Years Ago
      Praise the auto gods! Just refine the engine and and don't add gimmicky KERS.
      loloh
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is good news
      • 3 Years Ago
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      tributetodrive
      • 3 Years Ago
      a small but very fast flywheel coupled with a single centrally located electric motor (no hub motors for weight reasons) could add lots of regenerated power at much less of a weight restriction then battery bank would represent. Make it a modified awd system with the power at the front wheels coming from the flywheel and regenerative braking. May even be able to make some sort of clutch based direct mechanical system. could have the speed of a turbo without burning more fuel then the NA version.