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Porsche launches first ever 911 hybrid

Meet the new boss, same as the old boss
  • Marketed as Porsche 911 GTS, this is the first-ever hybrid 911
  • Porsche says the electric unit is there to boost performance, not range
  • It delivers 541 horsepower and can do 312 km/h

Published on May 29, 2024 at 3:32PM (UTC+4)

Last updated on Jun 4, 2024 at 4:20PM (UTC+4)

Edited by Tom Wood

This is the new Porsche 911 GTS, the first-ever hybrid iteration of what is arguably the most successful sports car of all time.

It still has a flat-six, but it now also has an electric unit, and it’s faster than before.

And – perhaps more importantly – it still produces the same wonderful engine noise.

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Porsche is like Apple when it comes to new products.

It’s always an evolution, never a revolution.

It’s always a ‘meet-the-new-boss-same-as-the-old-boss’ kind of situation.

It’s clearly working, because the Porsche 911 constantly sells out like a family SUV even though it is actually a six-figure sports car.

After the Taycan, now the brand’s most powerful car ever by the way, Porsche said they would then proceed to electrify the rest of the line-up.

Some models would go fully electric, that’s the case with the Macan EV, while others would receive a hybrid version.

And that’s what happened with the 911.

Porsche said the whole point of the electric unit is to give the car more power, not range.

The electric engine is incorporated into the turbocharger and the dual-clutch gearbox, giving the 3.6-liter flat-six a grand total of 541 horsepower and 610Nm in total.

The top speed is now 312 km/h – or 193 mph.

Not too shabby, we can all agree.

Visually, you’ve got a redesigned rear section with an elongated LED strip that wraps around the back, almost from one wheel arch to the other.

There’s also a redesigned front bumper with 10 tiny flaps to improve the car’s aerodynamic efficiency.

Inside, it more or less looks the same as before, except for the new 12.6-inch curved display.

Porsche may or may not turn the 911 into an all-electric vehicle sooner or later but, for now, this is what we’re getting.

And it’s looking good.

The car is already here, already available to order, with deliveries expected for late 2024.

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