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New Porsche 911 goes hybrid – first electrified 911 gets 534bhp

New Porsche 911 GTS gets a hybrid system for more power and better efficiency

  • New hybrid system for 911 Carrera GTS
  • Revised styling with active aerodynamics
  • New digital driver’s display

This is the new 2024 Porsche 911 and it marks a significant step into the modern era for the iconic sports car, thanks to the introduction of an all-new hybrid system. Available for the Carrera GTS, the new hybrid engine is accompanied by a raft of small visual changes that apply across the 911 range, along with some tweaks to the interior.

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UK customers can place an order now, with prices starting from a hair under £100,000 for the regular Carrera model, increasing to over £132,000 for the GTS. Faster, more expensive models are expected to join the range in due course.

What do I need to know about the new Porsche 911?

While this is just a facelift for the 911 and not a clean-sheet redesign, there are plenty of changes under the metalwork that add up to a significant update. Chiefly, there’s the new hybrid system for the 911 Carrera GTS – the first time a road-legal 911 has received some form of electrification. 

The hybrid system uses a small electric motor housed within the turbocharger, as well as a bigger 55bhp motor integrated into the dual-clutch automatic gearbox. The system assists a newly-developed 3.6-litre six-cylinder engine, which on its own generates a potent 478bhp. When the e-motors kick in, total power output stands at 534bhp – enough to launch the Carrera GTS from 0-62mph in three seconds flat.

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All that tech comes at a weight penalty of 50kg over the outgoing model, but there are a host of suspension upgrades to keep that mass in check through the corners, including standard-fit rear-axle steering, and a “more flexible and precise” PDCC active anti-roll system. There are wider rear tyres, too, to help improve traction.

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The Carrera GTS’s other party piece is its active aerodynamics system. The front end features a set of vertical cooling vents that open and close to control airflow to different parts of the car. These work in tandem with another set of moving flaps under the car to manipulate the air, helping to move it to wherever needs extra cooling.

The regular, non-GTS Carrera hasn’t been neglected, though. It misses out on the new 3.6-litre engine, but its 3.0-litre six-cylinder unit benefits from a new intercooler and new turbochargers, resulting in a 10bhp power bump to 389bhp, as well as reduced emissions according to Porsche.

Besides the new cooling vents for the GTS model, there are a handful of evolutionary styling updates for the 2024 911 that separate it from the outgoing model. LED-matrix headlights now come fitted as standard to all 911 models, with integrated daytime-running lights and indicators. The new rear light bar helps the back of the car appear “deeper and wider”, while an optional aero kit brings a sportier front bumper and a fixed rear wing.

Inside, the 911 will make do without an analogue rev counter for the first time since its launch in 1964, with the designers opting for a fully digital driver’s display for the first time. It’s the same 12.6-inch curved screen used in the Panamera and Cayenne, and sits alongside the outgoing car’s 10.9-inch infotainment screen. Another first for the 911 is an engine start button, replacing the twist ignition of the outgoing car.

How much does the new Porsche 911 cost and when can I buy one?

The 911 range kicks off with the base Carrera model, costing from £99,800, while the hybrid Carrera GTS model costs from £132,600. Of course, other models will join the range in due course – including the Carrera S, Turbo and GT3 – each adding a different spin to the 911 formula at a different price point.

Buyers can place an order for Carrera and Carrera GTS models now, with first deliveries due towards the end of the year.

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