It’s official: the Porsche 911 (992.2) will be electrified

992.2 911

This is an early look at the forthcoming 992.2-generation Porsche 911, but don’t be fooled – despite what appear to be relatively minor design tweaks, the new model will offer big changes under the skin by adopting hybrid power for the first time ever.

The 992.2 will arrive this summer, and while it’s unclear whether all variants will adopt an electrified powertrain, Porsche has confirmed that ‘high-performance hybrid drive’ is on the agenda. The 992 was designed to accommodate electrical assistance from the outset, and the system will be integrated into the existing flat-six powertrain.

Porsche is expected to use mild-hybrid technology rather than a plug-in system, with a battery positioned ahead of the flat-six engine and between the rear bulkhead. The electric motor will be positioned between the engine and existing eight-speed PDK gearbox.

The motor will bring a useful extra hit of performance (and, admittedly, weight) while filling torque holes in the 3-liter twin-turbo flat-six. Efficiency should receive a boost too, with the mild-hybrid system reducing load on the petrol engine during normal driving.

Subtle Design Updates

As ever, Porsche’s mid-cycle design updates will be subtle. We’ve already spied a 992.2 coupe flaunting what appears to be a new aero kit, and these latest shots offer a glimpse at the forthcoming Targa version. The model’s iconic rollover hoop and enormous curved rear window are present and correct, and the facelift will bring new LED headlights, a revised front bumper, and a redesigned rear valance for a cleaner look. Expect new wheel designs and paint options – the latter potentially derived from Porsche’s Paint To Sample colors – to round out the visual changes.

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Interior Enhancements

The recently facelifted Taycan saloon will inspire the tech upgrades inside the new 911, with that car’s optional passenger infotainment display potentially making an appearance. This uses a filter to block the screen from the driver’s view, allowing passengers to stream media on the move. Other developments will include Porsche’s latest PCM infotainment software and Apple CarPlay+ smartphone connectivity; the new 911 may also follow the latest Cayenne and Panamera by relocating the gear selector next to the steering wheel and offering a fully digital instrument panel.

FAQs

Q: Will all variants of the Porsche 911 (992.2) be electrified?
A: It is unclear at the moment whether all variants will adopt an electrified powertrain, but Porsche has confirmed that ‘high-performance hybrid drive’ is on the agenda.

Q: What kind of hybrid technology will Porsche use for the 911 (992.2)?
A: Porsche is expected to use mild-hybrid technology rather than a plug-in system, with a battery positioned ahead of the flat-six engine and between the rear bulkhead.

Q: Will the new Porsche 911 (992.2) have any design changes?
A: Yes, the mid-cycle design updates will be subtle, including a new aero kit, LED headlights, revised front bumper, and redesigned rear valance.

Conclusion

The upcoming Porsche 911 (992.2) will mark a significant moment in its history as it embraces hybrid power for the first time. While the design updates may be subtle, the integration of a mild-hybrid system will provide improved performance, efficiency, and a glimpse into the future of Porsche’s iconic sports car. With advanced technology and enhancements inspired by the recently facelifted Taycan, the 992.2 is set to make its official debut this summer, captivating Porsche enthusiasts and car enthusiasts alike. Stay tuned for more updates from Car news!

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