Porsche 911: Hybrid tech appears for the first time

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Author: | Updated: 29 May 2024 14:14

Porsche has fundamentally upgraded its iconic 911, with the refreshed Carrera GTS model now featuring a high-performance hybrid drivetrain.

Set to be available in the UK in the coming months, it’s one of the boldest moves the 911 range has seen in recent years. Here’s what you need to know.

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Porsche 911 fast facts

  • Mid-life refresh ushers in hybrid tech
  • GTS to get 3.6-litre hybrid drivetrain producing 541hp
  • 0-62mph in 3 seconds and a top speed of 190mph.
  • Infotainment system upgraded
  • More potent 911 models also in the works

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Porsche 911 styling

Aside from the headline addition of hybrid tech, the 911 range benefits from a minor mid-life facelift. But that’s not saying a lot in the world of 911. It looks pretty much the same as the outgoing model, with changes limited to the headlight units and bumpers.

It’s still a stunning design though, and we’re likely to see more aggressive GT3 and GT3 RS versions of the updated car in the coming months.

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Porsche 911 interior and tech

There’s been a few tweaks and upgrades inside too, with the infotainment system now offering a slicker connection to third party apps like Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. It still retains the 10.9in screen though, while a starter button is now standard across the range.

The digital driver display is now a screen, with no analogue read-outs at all. There’s some hybrid-specific menus and graphics, which is probably why this change has been made. All 911s now get two seats as standard, although the occasional 2+2 rear seats are still available as an optional extra.

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Porsche 911 drivetrain

A lot of design and development has gone into the first hybrid 911; the electric motor, which itself produces around 50hp, is actually to be found deep in the gearbox. Like all 911s, it remains a turbocharged unit, with the 3.6-litre six cylinder producing 485hp without the electric motor’s help.

The entire system has added just 50kg to the 911’s weight, which is really impressive considering bulky batteries are usually one of the biggest downsides to hybrid systems – particularly as far as sports cars go.

The suspension has also been specifically developed with the additional weight in mind, with all models featuring an improved dynamic chassis control and adaptive suspension, as well as rear-axle steering.

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Porsche 911 release date

The hybrid 911 will be available to order in the coming months, while more models like the GT3 RS are waiting in the wings. Don’t expect to see any hybrid tech on that model though; the new drivetrain is limited to the Hybrid-T Carrera range.

Deliveries should commence towards the end of the year. We’ll bring you further details and of course the very best leasing plans as they become available.

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