Porsche hybrid 911 released! Nürburgring improved by 8.7 seconds, but couldn’t get a green card?

Among the new cars released last night, in addition to BYD Qin L and Seal 06, there is actually a new Porsche 911 (992.2).

Unlike BYD's more than two-hour press conference, Porsche only took 15 minutes to release the new 911 series and released a previously recorded video.

In these 15 minutes, we saw the first-ever road-legal 911 equipped with a hybrid power system – the new 911 Carrera GTS.

911, charged .

The first hybrid 911, electric energy only serves for power

It is no longer uncommon for Porsches to get "electric shock".

In terms of pure electric vehicles, Porsche has Taycan and Macan EV. In terms of hybrid vehicles, Porsche also has plug-in hybrid vehicles such as Cayenne E-Hybrid and Panamera E-Hybrid, not to mention its previous flagship supercar 918 Spyder. But as the soul of Porsche, the 911 has not had much to do with electric motors until now.

Porsche brings two 911s this time: the standard version of the 911 Carrera, and the 911 Carrera GTS equipped with T-Hybrid technology.

Yes, only the 911 Carrera GTS has a hybrid system, while the standard version of the 911 Carrera is still powered by pure fuel and has no electric motor.

Let’s first take a look at the parameters of the two cars:

911 Carrera GTS:

  • The new 3.6-liter horizontally opposed engine can output 485 horsepower. With the support of the electric motor, the total output power is 541 horsepower.
  • 0-100km/h in 3 seconds (with Sport Chrono Package)
  • Top speed 312km/h

911 Carrera:

  • Optimized twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter boxer engine, 394 hp
  • 0-100km/h time is 3.9 seconds (with Sport Chrono Package)
  • Top speed 294km/h

The ordinary 911 Carrera can basically be regarded as routine optimization, and the overall changes are not major. The real focus is on the 911 Carrera GTS.

The 911 Carrera GTS brings a new powertrain. The new T-Hybrid hybrid system provides power support through two aspects: an electric motor integrated in the PDK dual-clutch transmission, and an electrically driven turbine.

Porsche said that the electric motor in the dual-clutch transmission can provide high torque at low speeds and output power without delay, and in the energy recovery state, the electric motor will become a generator, converting energy into electrical energy.

An electric-driven turbine can allow the turbine to reach boost pressure faster. Similarly, in the energy recovery state, the airflow in the turbine will also be converted into electrical energy.

The electrical energy converted by the two will eventually be stored in a small 1.9 kWh 400V high-voltage battery to handle the next power output. Porsche emphasizes that this battery is similar in size to a traditional 12V battery and does not take up too much space.

However, this battery with extremely small capacity also determines that the 911 Carrera GTS does not have the ability to drive purely on electric power or to be charged externally.

The core logic of Porsche's T-Hybrid is to use the instantaneous response of the motor to make up for the shortcomings of the original engine and turbo lag, thereby providing more powerful power without waiting .

Porsche engineers say that the power response brought by the T-Hybrid system is almost the same as that of a naturally aspirated engine.

In addition, this 911 Carrera GTS also comes standard with active suspension, rear-axle steering, PTV Plus Porsche Torque Vectoring System upgrade, and optional configurations such as dynamic chassis control, ceramic composite braking system, etc. It can be said that this time, The GTS lives up to its name.

The new equipment, of course, also brings new results. The 911 Carrera GTS's Nürburgring time reached 7 minutes, 16 seconds and 934 seconds, which is 8.7 seconds faster than the previous generation GTS.

The design is amazing, but you may not like it

Many people say that the appearance of the 911 car series is both the best and most difficult to design. It must inherit and reproduce the previous generation while ensuring a certain amount of innovation.

To use a word that has been used more frequently in the past two years, this is called being upright and surprising.

In contrast, the 911 Carrera clearly tends to stick to the rules, and in human terms it just hasn’t changed much. The headlights and daytime running lights have been slightly adjusted. The design of the front grille and rear taillights are more square and angular than the previous generation. The overall appearance is more angular, and the visual appearance created by the lower part of the previous generation is missing.

As for the 911 Carrera GTS, the biggest "surprise" is that the air intake grille is replaced with longitudinally arranged adaptive air intake blades, and some are slightly protruding forward. The recognition is much improved compared to the previous generation GTS.

However, whether such a slightly abrupt and tough line appears on the 911 with soft and smooth lines as the core of the design is a matter of opinion.

As for the interior, there are two obvious changes this time:

  1. The mechanical tachometer no longer exists and is replaced by a 12.65-inch curved screen;
  2. The knob-type one-touch start is replaced with a button.

Both of these changes can be seen as Porsche abandoning tradition, which is quite rebellious.

But in fact, you and I both know that as electrification and electric drive take over the car, the presence of the start button and the tachometer will become less and less until they fade out of our sight.

It is worth mentioning that 911 in the Chinese market supports downloading a series of local applications from third-party application markets such as Apple Music, Kuwo Music, QQ Music, Himalaya, and Bilibili.

Rushing to "new energy", 911 still has a lot to do

After talking about the visible upgrades of the new 911, let’s talk about the meaning of this generation of 911’s “electric shock”.

Before the press conference, I made a judgment about the "electric shock" 911 – this will be a model that truly represents Porsche's heritage and innovation.

But looking at this release alone, I think 911 is still some distance away from a comprehensive innovation.

I prefer to believe that the GTS is just a trailer, a preview of the 911 series, especially the higher-positioned GT3 and other models.

But why GTS?

Currently, the only 911 that has been "electrically shocked" is the 911 Carrera GTS. The problem is that in the 911 car series, the Carrera GTS has never been the most popular branch. It is in the awkward position of "it is not necessary for regular daily use, but it is not worth pursuing the ultimate performance."

Among the 911 series, the Carrera GTS has never been the most popular branch. It is in the awkward position of "not necessary for walking on the street, not enough for the track." The 911 Carrera S, positioned between the entry-level 911 Carrera and the Carrera GTS, is obviously more popular, but it is still unknown whether it will be equipped with a hybrid system.

The only certainty is that the entry-level Carrera has been excluded.

Porsche is very cautious when it comes to integrating electric drive into the 911. At the same time, whether there is an electric drive involved will become the key to the ranking of the 911 car series, divided into three, six, and nine.

Overall, the current hybrid system has a strong flavor of a "transitional product". It requires electric shock but cannot be fully committed. It wants to show off its skills but also wants to hide its trump card. It is somewhat tangled.

However, it is almost inevitable for electric drives to be more deeply involved. The development of traditional fuel engines is gradually approaching the ceiling, and the marginal diminishing effect is obvious. Spending a lot of money can only do small things.

In contrast, although adding a motor is simple and crude and is despised by the "fundamentalist fuel party", it is more effective.

Brands that build sports cars are obviously aware of the benefits of deeply integrating electric drive. Ferrari has launched the plug-in hybrid models 296GTB and SF90, and McLaren has brought the hybrid supercar Artura. These models are all what people often call "volume models."

Electric motors are no longer the icing on the cake for sports cars, but a real help in times of need.

Turning our attention back to the 911 Carrera GTS, this car obviously does not represent Porsche's full potential in the hybrid field. The appetizers have been served, and diners are still waiting for the real delicacies.

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