First Porsche 911 hybrid could arrive sooner than expected

Porsche wants to leave the full electrification of its most beloved icon, the 911, until last. However, hybridization may arrive sooner than expected

Porsche has given the first signs of the possibility of electrifying its crown jewel, the 911. The legendary coupé could house an electrical system on the sportiest and most performance variant: the GT2 RS. Among its main aspects would be the ability to drive a few kilometers in 100% electric mode and, mainly, to increase the total power of the set.

As Autocar has learned, this hybrid system would come from the hypothetical  Porsche 911 GT2 RS Hybrid. Its arrival date would be marked for the year 2026, which could be the swan song for the 911 of this generation. If so, his farewell would be in style, with a limited edition of this first 911 hybrid, which would use mechanics based on the Porsche 963 LMDh of the 24 hours of Le Mans, recently presented.

This would give way to the next generation of 911 that would host a hybrid mechanic from the outset and in variants of access to this range. On the contrary, and according to the latest indications, Porsche would not intend to launch a fully electric 911 until at least the next decade.

The electrical system that the Porsche 911 GT2 RS Hybrid would use would be an “even more developed” variant of what has been created for the aforementioned model of the endurance category. Its main engine block would be the 3.8-liter six-cylinder engine supercharged by a twin turbocharger that would reach 630 hp.

Porsche 911

On the other hand, this would be supported by an electrical system developed by Bosch with 67 CV and that would be activated at certain times, such as driving on the highway at a continuous speed, on urban roads, or at specific points with the greatest need for benefits.

Currently, one of the unknowns that this hybrid system has, would be its placement in the vehicle itself. According to the first indications, the electric motor could be mounted on the gearbox itself and the battery that would feed it, in the rear of the passenger compartment. With this configuration, the 911 hybrid would present a weight balance distributed at 39:61, between the front and rear axle.

With all this, the car would reach a significant power that would be around 700 CV, although the biggest gain, according to the aforementioned source, would be the increase in maximum torque thanks to the use of electrical mechanics. The acceleration would be colossal, since 0 to 100 km/h would be executed in just 2.8 seconds and its top speed would be above 330 km/h.

As can be seen, the mechanics would be different from other parallel developments by Porsche on electrification. Let’s remember that they are currently working on the fully electric range of the 718 (Boxster and Cayman), as well as on the pure electrification of the Macan or Cayenne, among others.

From Porsche, they would be working, in addition to the development of this hybrid mechanics, in taking special care of the increase in weight. For this, the brand would be developing a set that equals the weight of the Weissach variant, thus compensating for the figures of the electrical package. According to sources, with all this, the 911 GT2 RS Hybrid would not exceed the current GT3 RS by more than 100 kilos in weight, although with significantly more power than the current sportiest model in the current range.

Elenor Kling

A tech lover and generally a car enthusiast who likes to do a lot of research and share knowledge.

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