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Report: The Porsche 911 Could Go All-Electric as Early as 2028

Are the EV rumors blasphemy or prophecy?

  • The 911 could be an EV by 2028.
  • Porsche will hybridize the 911 by 2026.
  • Is this the end of the 911 as we know it?

Porsche was doing more than showcasing some cool EV tech when it debuted the Mission R — a 1,037-horsepower electric race car concept — at the IAA Mobility auto show in Munich earlier this year. The automaker's goal was to try to prove that EVs could be fun to drive, and while it's just a concept for now, Porsche says there will be an actual production model by 2026.

That timing lines up surprisingly well with a report from Car magazine, which claims that the next Porsche 911 (to be named the 994 generation and also due in 2026) will come with a hybrid powertrain. Electric motors will add about 270 horsepower to the combustion engine (believed to displace about 3.4 liters), for a combined total of 800 horsepower in the range-topping models.

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But that's only the beginning of the 911's electrified future. Car also claims that an all-electric 911 is due in 2028 and will be sold alongside gasoline-powered models.

It's worth taking all of this with a grain of salt as Porsche itself has kept quiet on electrifying its iconic sports car. While battery-driven or -augmented propulsion might be likely, the 911's loyal following and carefully guarded image mean that even the smallest changes to the formula undergo serious scrutiny.

We think 2028 is a bit too soon for an all-electric 911, especially since the Mission R concept — a machine that would provide plenty of the tech that goes into an EV 911 — won't be finished until 2026. Porsche is also looking into synthetic fuels (fuels made of a carbon dioxide/hydrogen blend that Porsche calls eFuels) to keep internal combustion engines alive for the foreseeable future.

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What happens to the 911 in the future, and whether or not it will go electric this decade, is still anyone's guess. But we'll certainly be keeping a close eye on Stuttgart over the next few years.