Porsche’s supercars and hypercars are few and far between, with only three models released so far: the 959, Carrera GT, and 918 Spyder. If we’re being generous, we can include the ultra-rare 911 GT1 Straßenversion, but there have been few dedicated flagships over the years. A new one isn’t coming anytime soon, according to CEO Oliver Blume, who says it won’t be released in the near future.
In an interview with Car Magazine, the CEO stated that a “hypercar is always a part of Porsche’s strategy” and that a new one will be introduced “when it’s time to bring it.” According to the 54-year-old executive, the model must earn its hypercar status by incorporating cutting-edge technologies. Blume went on to say “Porsche plans to use hypercars in the future. But nothing has been decided yet.” He stated that it will most likely not arrive before the middle of the decade.
For the time being, there are bigger fish to fry, as Porsche is hard at work preparing the next-generation, all-electric Macan, which has been delayed until 2024 due to software issues. The 718 Boxster and Cayman will also become EVs around 2025, while a larger zero-emission SUV positioned above the Cayenne has been confirmed for a late-decade launch. A second-generation Taycan is also planned, possibly alongside a larger Panamera-like electric model.
The likelihood of a large-displacement gasoline engine for a hypercar diminishes over time. The 918 Spyder debuted in production nearly a decade ago with a plug-in hybrid powertrain, so expect its successor to be similarly electrified. It’s unclear whether it’ll keep the V8 or downsize to a flat-six, unless Porsche skips the gasoline engine entirely and develops an all-electric powertrain.
Before everything goes electric, the good ol’ ICE deserves a proper send-off from Porsche, so here’s hoping the next hypercar retains exhaust tips. If not, we can rest assured that the 911’s gasoline engines will not be phased out anytime soon. An electric version has been ruled out for this decade, but a non-PHEV hybrid will be available within the next few years.
Whether you like it or not, the future is unmistakably electric. EVs are expected to account for more than 80% of Porsche’s annual sales by 2030.