New Porsche 911 T-Hybrid promises reduced emissions and more performance

May 28, 2024 by

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New 911 T-Hybrid adds only 50kg in weight, but produces 541hp and sprints to 62mph in 3.0 seconds

  • New 911 Carrera GTS will be first to use Porsche’s new hybrid system
  • Total of 541hp, 3.0 seconds to 62mph
  • Top speed of 194mph
  • Comes alongside general 911 facelift
  • Active cooling flaps, new headlights and optional aero kit
  • Interior features fully digital instruments and improved tech
  • Updated Porsche 911 GT3 and GT3 Touring also coming

This is it – the iconic Porsche 911 has finally gone hybrid. Porsche has updated the 911 for 2024, with external and interior improvements to the whole range – but the headline story is that the new 911 Carrera GTS now features Porsche’s newest performance hybrid system.

Named T-Hybrid, the new system promises to stay on the right side of encroaching emissions regulations, while still delivering the driving experience 911 fans expect and deserve. It should be good – it’s undergone 3 million miles in development testing, and has already lapped the Nurburgring 8.7 seconds faster than the current 911.

 

Porsche 911 T-Hybrid – engine and performance

The new T-Hybrid system is no half-baked effort, nor is it a typical series hybrid system like you’d find in a bog-standard family SUV. It uses an electric motor to spin up the engine’s turbocharger instantly, as well as acting in reverse as a generator to recharge its battery.

That battery runs a second electric motor fitted inside the gearbox, which adds more than 50hp to the engine’s output, as well as a chunky 150Nm of torque – that’s about as much as a mid-spec Volkswagen Polo produces on its own.

At a cruise, the turbo acts to slow down exhaust gases, keeping the catalytic converter cooler and helping to reduce emissions.

That fancy turbocharger is mated to a newly-developed 3.6-litre, six-cylinder boxer engine, which delivers 485hp on its own. Total output for the whole car is a seriously beefy 541hp, 61hp more than the old Carrera GTS, and it’s capable of the benchmark 0-62mph sprint in just 3.0 seconds.

Better yet, the hybrid system doesn’t add anywhere near as much weight as a more conventional setup might. Just 50kg has been added, which for some 911 owners is basically a big lunch.

The basic 911 Carrera has also received an engine upgrade, though it’s not as significant as the GTS. Its 3.0-litre engine has two conventional turbochargers, but now these are the same as the ones fitted to the old GTS – giving it a power boost to 394hp, and a 0-62mph sprint of 4.1 seconds.

Previously spotted testing mules suggest Porsche may be cooking up a new Turbo S Hybrid, too. If that uses the current car’s 650+hp engine, plus the additional 56hp of the T-Hybrid system, we may be looking at a 911 with more than 700hp.

New Porsche 911 chassis and suspension

It’s all change here too, especially for the GTS model with its new hybrid system. Porsche’s made full use of the hybrid’s high-voltage architecture, and has integrated its Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC) directly into the car’s 400V system. That means it can be even more flexible and precise, and combined with adaptive suspension dampers and a 10mm reduction in ride height should improve handling.

Rear-axle steering is also fitted as standard, where it was previously an option. This has the triple benefits of improving stability during high-speed cruising, agility in fast cornering and the car’s turning circle in low-speed manoeuvres.

In keeping with Porsche’s typical huge options lists, a total of seven wheel designs will be available, with varying sizes from front to rear – either 19-20 inch or 20-21 inch designs will be available. The Carrera GTS gets the latter as standard, with wider rear tyres to improve traction.

2024 Porsche 911 Hybrid design

Design tweaks are fairly minimal – Porsche’s been building the 911 long enough to know that its owners don’t much care for revolutionary changes. The front end’s been tidied up a little, with new matrix LED headlights that include all lighting functions including daytime running lights and foglights. This means the old car’s bumper-mounted driving lights can be removed, making space for larger cooling vents, which are ‘active’ and can be opened and closed depending on the engine’s cooling needs.

Optionally, you can get even more advanced matrix LED lights with more than 32,000 light points – capable of illuminating the road up to 600m ahead, plus adding dynamic cornering lights, specific lane-brightening features and even a mode for going through construction sites.

Round the rear, there’s a redesigned light strip still incorporating the Porsche logo. The rear bumper has the number plate positioned higher, and there are specific exhaust systems for each model. Buyers can also opt for an aero kit, which includes a new front bumper, side sill panels and a fixed rear wing to replace the standard car’s active one.

Porsche 911 Hybrid interior

For the first time in a long time, the 911 coupe is now just a two-seater as standard. Customers can opt for the rear seats to be replaced at no charge, though.

The interior has undergone a few small changes, though nothing drastic. A starter button – the 911’s first – has replaced the ‘twist’ function of the previous model. There’s a new switch for the standard driver assistant functions, a wireless charging pad with a cooling function, and a new fully digital instrument cluster.

The infotainment’s been upgraded too. It’s still operated through the same 10.9-inch screen, but has new connectivity features including deeper integration with Apple CarPlay, integrated apps, and video streaming when parked.

When can I buy one and how much is it?

The new 911 Carrera still dips just below the £100,000 mark – a starting price of £99,800. If you want the new Carrera GTS with the T-Hybrid system, you’ll have to find £132,600.

The Carrera’s available as a Coupe or a Cabriolet, while the GTS can also be optioned as a Targa and with all-wheel drive.

Deliveries kick off in late summer for the standard model and towards the end of 2024.

New Porsche 911 GT3 and GT3 Touring spotted

Updated version of the Porsche 911 GT3 and the wingless GT3 Touring have also been spotted testing, although these cars appear to be getting minimal cosmetic changes over the current models.

The front end looks more or less identical to the existing GT3, with the more aggressive-looking front bumper and the air intakes cut into the bonnet. It’s a similar story down the side, where the GT3 has flared wheel arches and bigger side skirts than the standard 911.

It’s the rear of the car where things look like they’re changing. The bumper is covered up for now, but it looks like a new diffuser could be on the way. The standard GT3 still has the massive wing, while the touring has a more clean and discreet look.

Don’t expect to see any hybridisation for the GT3. The current car has a 4.0-litre naturally-aspirated flat-six , and it’s available with a manual gearbox as well. Porsche may extract a bit more power out of it though. The current car has 510hp and 470Nm of torque, so the updated one could get closer to 550hp.

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