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2025 Porsche 911 992.2’s Advanced Hybrid Review

The evolution of the Porsche 911 continues with the introduction of the 2025 Porsche 911 992.2. This two-part series delves into the intricate details and innovations that define this new model.

2025 Porsche 911 992.2's Advanced Hybrid Review
2025 Porsche 911 992.2’s Advanced Hybrid Review

We had the opportunity to speak with the engineers responsible for these advancements and later, we will experience the car firsthand to see how these updates translate on the road.

Introduction to the New Porsche 911 992.2

The launch of the new Porsche 911 992.2 took place in Germany, showcasing the base Carrera and the GTS models. The Carrera S and other 911 variants will be discussed in future segments.

We began our exploration with Michael Russa, the director responsible for the M car line 911, who provided valuable insights into the overarching goals and significant technical changes made to the 92.2.

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Goals for the New 911

Michael Russa explained that the primary objective was to innovate while preserving the essence of the 911 as a sports car.

The focus remained on enhancing performance, keeping the car agile, and meeting global regulatory standards. Despite the complexities of modern automotive engineering, the goal was to ensure the 911 remained light, responsive, and true to its heritage.

A key highlight of the new GTS model is its hybrid drivetrain, which combines a battery and electric motors, including two electric motors integrated into the turbocharger and gearbox.

Technical Changes and Performance Enhancements

Porsche 911 992.2 Technical Changes and Performance Enhancements
Porsche 911 992.2 Technical Changes and Performance Enhancements

The hybrid drivetrain in the new GTS model is designed to deliver increased power and performance. This system adds approximately 50 kg but significantly boosts the horsepower by 60 hp.

The result is a 3.6L single turbo hybrid drivetrain that produces over 530 horsepower, achieving an impressive 0 to 60 mph in just 2.9 seconds.

Additionally, the new GTS completes a Nürburgring lap in 76.9 seconds, marking an eight to nine-second improvement over its predecessor. These advancements underline Porsche’s commitment to pushing the boundaries of performance while integrating hybrid technology.

Interior and Exterior Updates

Porsche 911 992.2 Interior Updates
Porsche 911 992.2 Interior Updates

The interior and exterior of the 911 992.2 have undergone thoughtful updates. Changes to the front and rear bumpers, as well as the gauge cluster, stand out.

The new communication system and connectivity features, previously seen in the Panamera and Cayenne, are now part of the 911’s sophisticated interior.

The redesigned instrument cluster, which replaces the traditional analog tachometer, offers enhanced functionality, providing vital information about the hybrid system, including battery status, recharging status, and recuperation metrics.

Aerodynamics and Genuine Downforce

A key feature of the new 911 992.2 is its aerodynamic design, which now generates genuine downforce at Vmax speeds. This is particularly notable in the base 911 models, where traditionally, cars without large wings tend to generate lift at high speeds.

The redesigned front of the car features larger indicators and position lights integrated into the headlights, creating a more refined and visually appealing look.

Interview with Thomas Brandle: Drivetrain Insights

Porsche 911 992.2 Interview with Thomas Brandle: Drivetrain Insights
Porsche 911 992.2 Interview with Thomas Brandle: Drivetrain Insights

We also had the pleasure of speaking with Thomas Brandle, the engineer responsible for the engine calibration of the new drivetrain. He provided in-depth details about the brand new 3.6L engine, which features a completely new design with minimal carryover parts from its predecessor.

The engine sits 110 mm lower than the previous model, allowing more room for hybrid components. It includes an integrated dry sump and a standalone heat exchanger for cooling.

The move from a bi-turbo to a mono turbo architecture, along with the electrification of the turbocharger, addresses turbo lag and provides an immediate response, maintaining the feel of a naturally aspirated engine.

Hybridization and Energy Management

Porsche 911 992.2 Hybridization and Energy Management
Porsche 911 992.2 Hybridization and Energy Management

The hybrid system of the new 911 992.2 features a 1.9 kWh battery pack with its own dedicated cooling circuit. The system is designed to actively recharge during high load and full throttle conditions, a first in production automotive applications.

The operating strategy ensures that the car maintains full power for the duration of a Nürburgring lap, starting at 100% state of charge and ending close to zero, demonstrating the efficiency and performance capabilities of the hybrid system.

Integration of High Voltage System

The 400-volt architecture in the 911 992.2 powers several auxiliary components, including the rear steer and Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC). This high voltage system enhances overall efficiency and performance, ensuring that the hybrid technology is seamlessly integrated into the car’s operations.

Conclusion

As we wrapped up our interviews amidst a sudden rain shower, we expressed our excitement to drive the new 911 992.2. The engineers’ dedication to maintaining the 911’s character while incorporating cutting-edge hybrid technology is truly commendable.

Stay tuned for part two, where we will drive the car and explore the changes to the suspension and other aspects in greater detail.

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