Porsche 911 adopts hybrid, steers clear of full electrification

The new Porsche 911 has received a facelift, and along with the mid-cycle refresh, it has adopted hybrid technology. Hybrid is as far as Porsche is willing to go on the electrification front for the 911, however.

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Porsche calls the new electrified powertrain of the facelifted 911 ’T-Hybrid.’ This system combines a new 3.6-litre boxer engine and a permanent magnet synchronous motor, which is built into an 8-speed dual-clutch transmission.

The drive system produces 357 kW and 570 Nm of torque and the PMSM built into the transmission develops 40 kW and 150 Nm of torque. The combination of the engine and electric motor leads to 398 kW of power and 610 Nm of torque. Compared to the old 911 Carrera GTS’ 3.0-litre twin-turbo engine, there’s 45 kW more power available at disposal.

The new 911 GTS is 50 kg heavier than the old 911 GTS, but electrical assistance more than makes up for that. It accelerates from 0 to 100 kph in three seconds flat. Compared to the old model with the 353 kW 3.0-litre twin-turbo boxer engine, that marks an improvement of 0.4 seconds, which can make a world of difference on a race track.

When Porsche Brand Ambassador Jörg Bergmeister tested the new 911 GTS hybrid on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife, it finished the lap in 7:16.934 minutes, 8.7 seconds faster than the previous 911. As for top speed, it can go up to 312 kph.

Both electric motors, the one used for traction and the one serving the turbocharger, are connected to a 1.9 kWh (gross) battery that operates at 400 volts. The company hasn’t revealed the electric driving range of the hybrid model, but it’s safe to assume that it’s an extremely short distance not significant enough to make it worth mentioning. The 11 kW electric motor sits on the turbocharger and does not contribute to propulsion. The 911 can theoretically drive with the 40 kW motor, however, the 1.9 kWh won’t get you very far.

The new Porsche 911 GTS hybrid is available in coupe, cabriolet, and Targa versions. In Germany, it costs €170,600 onwards in the coupe version, €184,700 onwards in the cabriolet version, and €192,900 in the Targa version.



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