June 18, 2024

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2025 Porsche 911 debuts with electrified horses & active flaps

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After updating the Cayenne and Taycan models, Porsche has now updated the 992-gen 911 lineup with styling, tech, and—for the first-time ever—electrified updates (992.2). Will talk about that in just a minute or two, but the prices in Germany start at €128,700 (including VAT).

Model
German price (including VAT)

911 Carrera
€128,700

911 Carrera Cabriolet
€142,800

911 Carrera GTS
€170,600

911 Carrera GTS Cabriolet
€184,700

911 Carrera 4 GTS
€178,800

911 Carrera 4 GTS Cabriolet
€192,900

911 Targa 4 GTS
€192,900

There aren’t many options for the 992.2 at the moment, but as you might know, Porsche doesn’t take much time to extend the updates to the other variants in the 911 lineup.

Let’s start with the styling updates then, shall we? As expected, the changes are rather subtle, and unless someone points out, you probably won’t notice. For starters, there’s a revised bumper design. In the Carrera, for example, the side intakes only have two horizontal slats, which kinda leaves the radiators fully exposed. And, thanks to the new standard matrix LED headlights performing all the functions, the lights above the intakes have been let go, allowing for larger intakes. If you want to spend more, Porsche will sell you the optional HD matrix LED headlights with more than 32,000 light points; the high-beam has a throw of over 600 metres. At the rear, there are some subtle tweaks in the taillight design and the Porsche branding. A sports exhaust system is optionally available for the Carrera models.

As for the Carrera GTS and Targa models, there are five vertical active cooling flaps. These flaps are complemented by adaptive front diffusers in the underbody, which are controlled together with the aforementioned flaps. The flaps remain closed when the power demand from the driver is low.
And, Porsche says that the GTS suspension has been comprehensively revised. Rear-axle steering is included as standard for the first time. In case you forgot, the GTS rides 10 mm lower. A total of seven 19-/20-inch or 20-/21-inch wheel designs are available for the new 911. Exclusive Design wheels with carbon blades are available for the Carrera for the first time.

I guess it’s time to address the elephant in the room then. The hybrid we’re talking about here is neither a self-charging full hybrid (series/parallel) nor a plug-in hybrid system. It’s a mild-hybrid system, available on the GTS and Targa models for now. Branded as a T-Hybrid drive, it combines a new 3.6-litre flat-six single turbo engine with an axial flux motor (40 kW/54 metric hp and 150 Nm/111 lb-ft) integrated into an 8-speed PDK. The turbocharger also has an electric motor hooked-up to it to eliminate the lag altogether. The electric motor in the turbocharger also functions as a generator. It generates up to 11 kW (15 metric hp) of electric power.

Without electrical assistance, the boxer engine delivers 357 kW (485 metric hp) and 570 Nm (420 lb-ft) of torque. System output figures are 398 kW (541 metric hp) and 610 Nm (450 lb-ft). A significant increase compared with the 3.0L powered GTS previously (353 kW/480 metric hp and 570 Nm/420 lb-ft). As for batteries, Porsche has installed a lightweight lithium-ion battery for the 12-volt on-board electrical system, and for motors, there’s another 1.9 kWh 400-volt pack. But anyway, the hybrid system is gonna add an extra 50 kg (110 lbs) over the predecessor, which is not all that bad, to be honest.
And, the team at Porsche has thought through a lot on how to package the hybrid system with a boxer engine in a compact manner. The air-conditioning compressor is driven electrically, eliminating the belt drive, for example. This creates space above the power unit for the pulse inverter and DC-DC converter.

The 911 Carrera still features a 3.0-litre twin-turbo flat-six, but apparently, it has been comprehensively revamped. Among other things, the engine adopts the intercooler from the Turbo models, which now sits directly under the rear lid grille, above the engine. The turbochargers in the new 911 Carrera were exclusive to the GTS models before. The output figures are now 290 kW (394 metric hp) and 450 Nm (332 lb-ft); there’s a 9 metric hp increase while the torque remains the same. The official 0-100 km/h (60 mph) sprint time is 4.1 seconds (3.9 seconds with the Sport Chrono package), 0.1 seconds quicker, while the top speed is 294 km/h (183 mph). Manual options are currently not available on any of the variants, but it is also unclear at the moment whether there will be in the coming days.

There are a bunch of changes on the inside too. For starters, the new 911 is homologated as a two-seater as standard. Which means there are not gonna be the +2 rear seats, but are available as an option at no extra charge. Another bummer is that the way you start your 911 now is via a boring start/stop button. The instrument cluster is now fully digital (12.6-inch); there’s no analog rev counter anymore, which adds to the list of bummers. But anyway, in the centre, you get a 10.9-inch touchscreen. Apps such as Spotify and Apple Music can be used as native apps on the touchscreen.

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