New Porsche 911 Debuts with Hybrid Power!

martin joseph 29 May
New Porsche 911 Debuts with Hybrid Power!

Porsche has unveiled the latest variant of the Porsche 911, the facelifted version of the 992 generation. It has debuted in the Carrera and Carrera GTS versions, featuring an updated cabin and enhanced performance. This new 911 is particularly more significant as it marks the end of its pure internal combustion engine era, introducing the first road-going hybrid version in the model’s 61-year history.

 

Here is everything you need to know about this all-new Porsche 911.

 

Hybrid Power, Purely for Performance

 

 

While the Porsche 911 was the brand’s final stronghold for motoring purity amidst the industry’s shift towards electrification due to increasingly stringent emission norms, there’s plenty to celebrate in terms of performance. Unlike some high-performance hybrids, this is not a plug-in system with a pure EV mode. The new 911 GTS introduces Porsche's T-Hybrid technology, a lightweight hybrid powertrain. It features a newly developed 3.6-litre six-cylinder turbocharged boxer engine, an electric motor for immediate turbocharger boost, and another motor integrated into the 8-speed dual-clutch PDK transmission for extra performance. Together, the 911 GTS delivers an impressive output of 541 PS and 610 Nm of torque.

 

It accelerates from 0-100 km/h in just 3.0 seconds and reaches a top speed of 312 km/h. According to Porsche, the new 911 GTS lapped the 20.8 km Nürburgring Nordschleife 8.7 seconds faster than its predecessor. Now available for bookings in Europe, the 911 GTS offers both rear-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive configurations.

 

The 911 Carrera still features a 3-litre twin-turbo boxer engine, but it has been completely rebuilt. It now incorporates the intercooler from the Turbo models, previously exclusive to the GTS models. With these upgrades, the engine produces 394 PS and 450 Nm of torque.

 

Similar Exterior

 

 

The latest Porsche 911 has a striking similarity to its predecessor, yet it incorporates subtle yet significant design alterations at the front and rear. It contains new LED Matrix headlights, consolidating all lighting functions into a single cluster. This vehicle also has larger lower air intakes with active air flaps on the GTS variant, along with relocated front ADAS sensors beneath the license plate.

 

Towards the rear, you'll find a fresh light bar that connects the tail lamps, featuring Porsche badging, along with a revamped grille and an adjustable rear spoiler. Additionally, the 911 Carrera GTS has a standard sports exhaust system, setting it apart from other models.

 

Updated Chassis

 

 

The latest Porsche 911 Carrera GTS delivers enhanced driving dynamics across the board, featuring standard rear-wheel steering and PASM sports suspension with adaptive dampers. It rides 10mm lower than the standard Carrera for improved handling. Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC) is available as an option, using electro-hydraulics powered by a high-voltage battery to enhance performance. The GTS model also has wider rear tires and offers drag-reducing wheels, available in standard 19/20-inch and 20/21-inch configurations.

 

Updated Interiors

 

In the interior, the latest Porsche 911 offers a choice between two-seater or 2+2 configurations. The instrument cluster has been upgraded to a fully digital setup featuring a 12.6-inch curved display. The infotainment system is equipped with a 10.9-inch center touchscreen, now integrated with an updated PCM system for easier access to drive modes and settings, video streaming while parked, and native apps for Apple Music and Spotify. Other features include wireless phone charging up to 15W in a cooled compartment, high-power USB-C PD ports, standard ambient lighting, and a drive mode switch on the steering wheel for the standard Carrera model.

 

Expected Launch

 

Both the new 911 Carrera (coupe and Cabriolet) and Carrera GTS are now available for ordering globally and are expected to reach India by late 2024 or early 2025. With the 911's transition to hybridization, the smaller 718 will also undergo electrification, leading to Porsche's increasingly electric lineup. Presently, the T-Hybrid powertrain is exclusive to the GTS model, although additional hybrid versions are anticipated. Upon its launch in India, the hybrid 911 is expected to be priced higher than the current 911 Carrera, with an estimated starting price of Rs 1.86 crore (ex-showroom), positioning it to compete with models such as the Ferrari 296 GTB and McLaren Artura.

 

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