After nearly 55 years in the making and over one million units later, the iconic Porsche 911 looks set to be electrified, if a report by Automotive News is to be believed. According to the article, Porsche personnels – who are familiar with the matter but requested anonymity – have already confirmed the existence of such a project. This lands credence to past rumours, but now there’s only one problem – weight.

Hybrid cars typically weigh a lot more than its internal combustion-only counterparts, especially because of the battery pack. Apparently, Porsche engineers are still working hard to reduce battery weight, but they need to do so while achieving about 64 km of pure electric range. The big challenge is not to jeopardise handling, said the insiders.

It’s unclear where exactly this high performance 911 hybrid will sit in the model range; reports have suggested that Porsche will employ similar product strategy as the Panamera (the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid is the model’s range-topper), but really it’s anyone’s guess at the moment.

The same goes for its powertrain as well. A Porsche spokesperson says the technology on the next 911 will allow for the integration of an electric powertrain, and the company is currently keeping all options open, especially regarding engine specifications. Anyone fancy a baby 918?

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