Buckle up, gearheads! The highly anticipated refresh of the Porsche 911, rumored to be named the 992.2-series, is revving its engines and gearing up for a public debut in the next six months. Get ready for a visual feast with active vertical louvers, revamped front intake design, fresh headlights featuring integrated turn signals, and a redesigned rear bumper with tweaked exhaust outlets.
Powerful Tweaks for the Standard Lineup
Before we dive into the electrifying details of the first-ever hybrid 911, let’s talk about the souped-up engines in the standard lineup. The 3.0-liter flat-six in the entry-level Carrera is getting a boost of 11 horsepower and 16 pound-feet of torque after the refresh, pushing it to an impressive 390 hp and 347 lb-ft. Meanwhile, the Carrera S is not left behind, enjoying a similar bump of 11 horses and 16 lb-ft, now boasting 454 hp and 406 lb-ft.
Mild Hybrid Assistance for Carrera S and Carrera GTS
The Carrera S and Carrera GTS are set to receive a 48-volt mild hybrid boost. The GTS, in particular, is combining this step towards electrification with a heart transplant – a larger 3.6-liter flat-six engine replacing the current 3.0-liter. This engine is not only taking over the regular Carreras but also stepping up to replace the 4.0-liter flat-six in the GT3, GT3 RS, and the S/T to meet European emissions standards. In its GTS debut, expect a power surge to 483 hp and 413 lb-ft, offering 10 more horses and 7 fewer pound-feet compared to the current model.
Hybrid Excitement: A Glimpse into the Future
Now, the pièce de résistance – the hybrid model. Developed in collaboration with Rimac, this non-plug-in hybrid is around 18 months to two years away from hitting the market. Featuring a T-HEV system, it incorporates a small, high-performance battery on a 400-volt architecture to charge an electric motor beneath the fuel tank. This setup cranks out up to 90 hp and 129 lb-ft, with engine power and regenerative braking ensuring the battery stays juiced. A generator-motor integrated with the rear engine fills in power gaps, all while the turbos spool and handle ancillaries.
Sources hint at two hybrid variants, bridging the gap between the Carrera and Turbo. The first one is expected to deliver a combined output of 478 hp and 475 lb-ft, with the second variant kicking it up a notch to an impressive 528 hp.
For more insider details on the 992.2, including plans for a more raw GT3 and a hybrid 911 GT2 RS boasting a jaw-dropping 800 hp or more, check out the full scoop in C/D’s article. Get ready to witness the evolution of a legend!