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Porsche 911: No hybrid, no KERS for next generation?

Porsche 911

Despite other earlier rumors we now have a report claiming that the next-generation Porsche 911 will come without hybrid and KERS technology.

Steiner says that Porsche is looking to combine PDK dual-clutch transmissions with electric motors to encourage the driver to rev more, even though this may be slightly less efficient.

Steiner says these goals make a range-extender unfeasible. “We want the driving pleasure that comes from a responsive engine,” he told Autocar. “Extended-range EVs are not suitable for Porsche.”

Porsche insiders have also denied internet speculation that the new 911 — due at autumn’s Frankfurt motor show — will offer an F1-style KERS hybrid system across its entire range.

“That’s nonsense,” said a high-level source. “The system is currently applied to a race car. Nothing else is planned. The new 911 will not be offered with hybrid drive for the foreseeable future. If and when it is, then it will most likely happen as a plug-in.”