A 911 hybrid is coming. And with the 992’s PDK transmission having an electric motor shaped hole in it, it’s a matter of when, not if. The general consensus is that it’ll be sometime around 2023 when Porsche unveils the 992 facelift. Personally, I thought that the new Turbo S was instead going to be a Turbo S E-Hybrid like the Panamera but I guess Porsche is still waiting.
My biggest concern (I’m sure yours is too) is that this new hybrid will either be too heavy or it’ll just focus on efficiency, the same way turbos are used nowadays. Thankfully, it seems I was mistaken, the new 911 hybrid will be all about performance.
In a recent interview with Autoblog, Porsche CEO Oliver Blume said, “To think in the future for the 911, there are good ideas for a special kind of hybrid, a very performance-oriented hybrid where we use, for example, a 400-volt system for our electric motor and for the power electronics, like we use in our plug-in hybrids, with a high power density…We want to have a very high power [output] with very big performance and driving ability. That’s more or less our idea of how to continue with the 911.” Rest assured, it’s going to be wicked fast.
The current Turbo S makes 640 hp so I wouldn’t be surprised if this new 911 makes well over 700, making it even more powerful than the 991.2 GT2RS. If you ask me, it can go one of two ways with the hybrid. Porsche can either make it a really powerful GT car, i.e. a 992 Turbo S E-Hybrid, or they can go all out and make it a full fledged track monster.
Keep in mind, despite adding a bit of weight, which can mitigated, a hybrid system has so many performance benefits over a traditional combustion engine setup. For one, you get 0 RPM torque and a lot more power, and on top of that, the electric motors can fill in the torque gaps left by turbochargers. Basically you can run bigger turbos and get literally zero turbo lag like McLaren did with the P1.
Whichever way the pendulum swings, it’s very likely that this hybrid 911 will feature a turbocharged engine. Could the next GT2 or GT2RS be a hybrid? Anyway, it’s good to know the Porsche still has performance at the heart of the 911, hybrid or not.
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