The new generation of the Porsche 911 sports car will include a hybrid model, according to Auto Express — and it could be the highest-performance version of the iconic vehicle.
“When I am thinking about a hybrid version of the 911 I do not mean like the Panamera or Cayenne,” said Porsche product line developer August Achleitner told the magazine, comparing the upcoming model to the prototype Porsche 919 Hybrid, which the company has used to dominate in the storied Le Mans circuit race.
Hybrid automobiles typically use a gas engine to charge up batteries that power an electric drive system. There are numerous advantages, including that hybrid vehicles can recapture energy used to decelerate.
Analyzing Achleitner’s remarks, Jalopnik pointed out that they could mean that in a few years, the top-performing Porsche 911 could be a hybrid model. If the car is a hit, it could be a watershed moment for high-end hybrid vehicles.
That’s a big deal, according to Auto Express, because the 911 is such a flagship that any change is subject to enormous internal deliberations.
Gearheads will need to wait a few years to get their hands on the hybrid 911, though. Auto Express reports that even though the car will start rolling out in 2020, the hybrid version isn’t expected until at least 2022.
READ MORE: New Porsche 911 hybrid at least four years away [Auto Express]
More on Porsche: Report Hints Porsche Might Have a Passenger Drone in the Works