Last week, we had the chance to speak with Porsche North America CEO Klaus Zellmer about a charity auction for the final 991-generation Porsche 911, a historic-liveried Speedster. During that conversation, he hinted at big changes ahead for the Porsche 911, and he reflected back on the 991 generation with a fascinating perspective about its place in the model lineage.
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This is confusing. I owned two Carrera 991 Porsches, a 2014 and 2015. Neither were turbocharged. Is the article incorrect or am I? Case in point, my 2019 991.2 Carrera T does have the base 370 hp turbocharged engine.
A hybrid 911? Might not be so bad, as long as the hybridization goes towards better performance, as in certain supercar hybrids. An all-electric 911? Not sure I ever want to see that, even if gas-engine 911's remain available.
I own a naturally aspirated 991 2012. Love the feel and control on the engine. Previously to that had my first 911 as a 996, and what a roar that was too! I think he is correct, the generation will look back and miss the combustible 911. Values and appreciation may take off after full electrification starts. I understand electrification is inevitable across the industry; it's just more efficient and better technology. BUT it simplifies the automobile so much that it truly takes the "mechanical " feel of it completely. You're no longer riding on a complex piece of machinery with thousands of parts synchronized to give you the desired output, but rather you're now getting a "golf cart" plug and play automobile. In the future the appreciation of fast acceleration will no longer be a standard to measure anymore because electric motors will make it much easier to do that. You'll just enjoy a nice "hum" and take more appreciation for precise handling and feel instead. Just my opinion but I think the 911 will always retain its prestige as the world's best and most practical sports car.