A new report indicates the next generation Porsche 911 will be introduced in 2018 and one of the many versions will employ a hybrid setup.

A new report indicates the next generation Porsche 911 will be introduced in 2018 and one of the many versions will employ a hybrid setup.

Rumors about Porsche's plan to hybridize the iconic 911 emerged several years ago, but it seems that won't happen until the next generation due to come out about three years from now. The model is said to use an evolution of the existing MMB platform that has underpinned the current 991 and this hybrid tech comes as a move to cut emissions in order to meet stricter regulations that will come into effect at the end of the decade.

Porsche already has the Panamera and Cayenne hybrids, along with the sold out 918 Spyder while the Macan will also receive a hybrid setup within the next two years. The Panamera and Cayenne mix up a supercharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine with an electric motor whereas the 918 supercar uses a larger normally aspirated V8 4.6-liter with two electric motors. As for the Macan, it will likely use an adaptation of the Cayenne's hardware but with less power and possibly higher fuel efficiency due to the lower weight.

Don't expect any major design changes as the model's product line director Erhard Mössle told British magazine Autocar the 911 is "always an evolution, not a revolution" and that it will "always be step by step", with the most relevant recent example being the facelifted Carrera & Carrera S.

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Next generation Porsche 911 coming in 2018 with hybrid power