In the beginning, gas mileage and environmental concerns were top-of-mind issues for buyers of hybrids, while the electric car was treated as something of a joke if anyone gave it much thought to begin with. You certainly wouldn’t think to buy either a hybrid or an electric because they were fast, or for their sporty handling. You certainly wouldn’t buy a hybrid for a certain je ne sais quoi. They were, for quite some time, anything but sexy. Porsche changed the hybrid game with the Porsche 918 Spyder, the 2015 Cayenne S E-Hybrid and the Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid. Suddenly, hybrids could be fun to drive and easy on the eyes while saving on gas and being environmentally friendly.
Now, Porsche is set to change the game again. Twice, even. First up is the Porsche 911 hybrid, which rumor has it will make its first appearance in the coming year. While there are no confirmed specs on the new powertrain yet, we can make one educated guess based on the performance of the Porsche 918 Spyder Hybrid: the 911 hybrid should feature an excellent speed off the line thanks to its electic motors.
The other bit of news came out of the Frankfurt Auto Show on September 11, as the Porsche Mission E concept was unveiled with quite a bang. It’s a gorgeous car, combining design touches from the classic 911 with a heavy dose of Kubrickian futurism. Power will come from front and rear electric motors that are capable of taking the car from zero to 60 in 3.5 seconds, and able to reach 125 just 8.5 seconds later. That beauty and performance comes with a substantial catch for now: Porsche says that the car is designed to recharge at 800 volts, which is nearly 700 volts more than what’s commonly available in the States right now and 320V more than the most powerful charging stations planned in Germany.
At Porsche of Nashua, we’re every bit as excited for the new Porsche 911 hybrid and the Mission E as everyone else. If you’d rather not wait, we’ve got plenty of the traditional petrol-driven Porsche power. Come by today and see for yourself!