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The first electrified 911 is as fast around the Nürburgring as the 641bhp 911 Turbo S

The new Porsche 911 hybrid has finished testing ahead of its reveal on 28 May.

Porsche has released the first official images of the debut electrified 911 as the global testing programme comes to an end, and confirmed that it has clocked a Nürburgring lap time of 7min 16.934sec.

That time, says Porsche, is 8.7sec faster "than the corresponding version of the predecessor model", but it didn't say specifically which model that refers to. 

For reference, the current Porsche 911 Turbo S, with 641bhp and a 0-62mph time of just 2.6sec, clocked a lap time of 7min 17.3sec in 2021 - less than a half a second ahead of the new hybrid.

Details of the precise nature of the 911's hybrid system remain under wraps until the end of the month, but Frank Moser, who heads the 911 and 718 model lines, said it's an "innovative performance hybrid" system that gives "spontaneous response" and "makes the 911 even more dynamic".

"We left nothing to chance during development and tested the new 911 under all sorts of conditions all over the world," he added. 

"From the freezing cold to scorching heat, as was the case during the final stages of testing in Dubai. Whether at a high drivetrain load in the demanding conditions of mountain passes or in the stop-and-go traffic of an urban environment, the new 911 has mastered even the most difficult challenges with aplomb."

During testing, said Moser, engineers and test drivers clocked up more than three million miles behind the wheel of the prototypes.

Due on sale by the end of the year, the hybrid will be added to the line-up as part of a mid-life facelift for the current 911; the ‘992.2’-generation car will receive a host of mid-life revisions, including subtly altered exterior styling, a reworked interior and updated six-cylinder petrol engines.

It is one of four new Porsche models arriving in 2024 – one of the German marque's busiest years on record for new product launches – alongside the new Panamera, Taycan and electric Macan

The changes are intended to sustain the 911’s appeal through to 2027, when an all-new ninth-generation model will join the increasingly electrified Porsche line-up.

The most significant change to the 911 in its sixth decade of production, however, is the adoption of that unique petrol-electric hybrid system.

It combines a tuned version of Porsche’s turbocharged six-cylinder engine with a specially designed electric motor housed within the front axle assembly. The petrol engine provides drive to the rear wheels, while the electric motor drives the front wheels.


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A 48V integrated starter motor in the dual-clutch automatic gearbox will provide electric boosting properties and power for ancillary components.

The new 400V system is claimed to generate its own energy reserves using the engine as a generator – in a function similar to that of a range-extender drivetrain – as well as via brake regeneration, negating the need for external charging.

Electric energy is stored in a specially developed lightweight lithium ion battery. With an energy capacity well below the batteries used by Ferrari and Mercedes-AMG in their plug-in performance models, it has been configured specifically for rapid energy charge and discharge properties.

Secrecy surrounds the output of the new hybrid drivetrain, though Porsche is eventually expected to offer the new petrol-electric unit in a range of different performance levels. Both Turbo-E Hybrid and Turbo S E-Hybrid models have been mooted for introduction in line with the Cayenne and Panamera line-ups.

Before the eighth-generation 911 bows out later this decade, Porsche is also set to launch an 800bhp-plus hybrid successor to the fearsome GT2 RS.

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The new drivetrain has been developed via a technology transfer between Porsche’s production car and motorsport divisions, in combination with Rimac – the Croatian electric drive specialist in which Porsche holds a 45% stake.

The standard Carrera and Carrera S will retain the existing turbocharged 3.0-litre boxer engine, but it is not confirmed whether they will adopt the 48V mild-hybrid system that Porsche has been developing in partnership with Valeo.

However, with tighter emissions standards looming, these models may well receive electrification and a moderate bump in reserves as part of the 911’s facelift.

Sources have suggested that GTS models could adopt the naturally aspirated 4.0-litre six-cylinder engine used by the 718 Cayman GT4 in place of today’s turbo 3.0-litre unit. But Porsche remains tight-lipped on its plans, saying only that future emissions regulations favour higher-capacity engines.

Among the possibilities for the more sporting 911 models is a new 3.6-litre version of the classic six-cylinder Porsche engine, running a single variable-vane turbo – an engine that, insiders suggest, will form the basis of the next-generation 911’s powertrain in 2027.

The low production volumes planned for the successor to today’s 911 GT3 suggest it will retain its naturally aspirated 4.0-litre six, albeit with a moderate lift in reserves.

A fully electric 911 is not immediately planned. Instead, Porsche envisages its long-running coupé and cabriolet progressing into the future with electrified combustion engines in combination with new e-fuel derivatives to provide net-zero emissions.

992.2: The updated Porsche 911 at a glance

Enhanced cooling: To boost cooling for the front-mounted radiators and brakes, Porsche has given the new front bumper distinctive air ducts that house five vertical louvres in place of the three horizontal louvres on each side of the existing model. It is most likely that they will incorporate some sort of active operation to better balance cooling and aerodynamic drag. There is also a larger central air duct book-ended by additional cooling channels on either side.

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Revised headlamps: Instead of being housed within the top section of the bumper insert, the indicators are now integrated into revised headlight assemblies that feature a new graphic design. As with the units used by the facelifted Cayenne, the new headlights are expected to offer HD matrix LED functionality with more than 32,000 pixels per unit and the capability of lighting the road for up to 600 metres.

Restyled rear end: The updated 911 receives new-look brake lights, integrated into the top of a restyled rear bumper, featuring inboard-mounted tailpipes within a revised diffuser.

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Interior upgrades: The changes to the interior of the new 911 are more subtle. Prototypes use the existing dashboard architecture and other features, suggesting that most tweaks will involve software upgrades. Among the expected developments are new digital instrument graphics and the latest Porsche Communication Management system for infotainment functions.

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Andrew Elsden 13 May 2024

The precise Nurburgring lap time that Porsche references is for the 992.1 Carrera GTS driven at the conclusion of development by Jorg Bergmeister. This therefore tells us that the 992.2 GTS model will be the first 911 to adopt the hybrid drive system. 

It therefore appears likely that the S and other derivates will remain as 3 litre turbocharged models, whilst the GTS will adopt the 4 litre non-turbcharged engine originally developed for the 718 GTS models.


Boris9119 13 May 2024

Agreed, it does appear to be the GTS time, its about 5 seconds under what a Carrera S did.

Boris9119 13 May 2024

The opening paragrah highlights just how competant the 992.1 Carrera really is, being only 8 second slower than the Turbo S over nearly 13 miles, and now its going to be just as quick. That explains why when you spend time at the Porsche Driving Experiences here in the USA, the professional drivers that ride alongside you all say the base Carrera is all the car you need for the road, and some. As a measure of how good this 992.1 is, the Carrera S is quicker that the 991.2 GT3 around both the Atlanta and LA tracks. This move to hybrid is because Porsche has pretty much maxed out what the ICE engine can do and meet regulations, the only way to 'keep up with the Jones's was to adopt hybrid assist'. 

HiPo 289 13 May 2024

Every time I see a Porsche Taycan, I think two things: 1. It's fantastic. 2. Why can't they make a smaller, 2 door coupe version? That's what's missing in the current Porsche line-up. 911's are great, but the Taycan has made them look very 20th Century.

Boris9119 14 May 2024

Good news for you Porsche is building a smaller, 2 door coupe version, its called the Cayman/Boxster EV and they will be available in 2025. If you want one in 2025 place an order now, leave a small deposit and you will not be disappointed. If for any reason you don't like it if you will be able to sell it on for what you paid or more, so nothing to lose.