Porsche 911 Hybrid Will Have More Power Than Turbo S

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Latest spy shots show Porsche is close to unleashing its first electrified 911.

It's going to be a long time before the world gets a fully electric Porsche 911, despite the fact that the company has proven it can build an engaging EV with the Taycan. Porsche says that the technology hasn't evolved to a point where an electric powertrain can retain the dynamism inherent in every 911. But this doesn't mean that electrification will be entirely absent from the 911 lineup for long. We've known for some time that a hybrid 911 is currently being tested by the automaker. Rather than aim to be a fuel-sipper, a hybrid 911 will be all about maximizing performance by using electrification. Now, we have some new spy shots of the 911 hybrid as it was spotted undergoing winter testing.

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Although it looks almost indistinguishable from gas-only 911 models, the 911 hybrid - expected to arrive as part of an updated 992 lineup for the 2023 model year - is wearing telltale hybrid stickers which gives away its identity. In front, there are oddly protruding fog lights but these may not make it to the production model. Interestingly, the car pictured has a unique exhaust setup at the back that isn't exactly like any other 911. The regular 911 has dual tailpipes set wider apart, while the high-performance GT3 has a centrally-mounted design.

Technical details about the 911 hybrid remain unknown but this will be a regular hybrid, not a plug-in hybrid, so it's unlikely that you'll be able to drive it without the aid of the engine. The hybrid system will likely be paired with Porsche's 3.0-liter twin-turbo flat-six engine in some state of tune.

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Using motorsport technology derived from cars like the 919 hybrid, the 911 hybrid should be a phenomenal car to drive with the advantages of both immediate electric power and the stamina of that mighty flat-six. At a much more extreme level, we've also seen Lamborghini turn to electrification for the Sian to not necessarily improve efficiency in any way but purely to boost performance.

A 911 Turbo hybrid was spotted previously, leading us to believe that this particular 911 will be even more powerful than the existing Turbo S which already makes 640 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque. If an electric 911 is inevitable one day, Porsche must first prove that a hybrid version loses none of the dynamic finesse that the coupe is known for. If anyone can do that, it's Porsche.

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