Official: Porsche working on a hybrid version of the 911

Article by Christian A., on March 28, 2011

It’s not a secret anymore that Porsche will debut the all-new 911 (dubbed 991) this September, at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, right? Meanwhile, we found out that Porsche is working on a hybrid version of the 991, according to unofficial sources. How we know this? Apparently, the test mules spotted in California were recently spied at a gas station.

Of course, there is nothing weird about this, but according to people who saw the test mule, the car was not making any noise when it appeared at the gas station. This confirms all the rumors about a hybrid version of the 911.

This means that the new 911 will be the third hybrid model that will join the Porsche lineup. The first hybrid model introduced on the market by Porsche was the Cayenne S Hybrid, while the second one was the Panamera S Hybrid, which made its debut this month at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show.

For those who don’t know, the Panamera S Hybrid comes with the same engine as the Cayenne S Hybrid, which means it is powered by a V6 engine delivering 333 hp (245 kW) and supported by a 47 hp (34 kW) electric motor.

The car delivers a total output of 380 hp (279 kW), enough to push the car from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 6.0 seconds and to a top speed at 270 km/h (168 mph).

The Panamera S Hybrid delivers an impressive fuel consumption of 6.8 l/100 km (41.54 mpg imp.) of fuel based on the NEDC and CO2 emissions of just 159 g/km. Regarding the 911 Hybrid, we don’t have any technical specs yet, but as soon as we will find out something we will let you know!

The new Porsche 911 Turbo is considered one of the most powerful production versions of the 911. Its main characteristic is the front apron that has the bar-shaped direction indicators with LED lights and the large cooling air intakes. There are also new features as well like the titanium-colored louvers on the side air intakes. Then there is the use of the LED daytime driving lights instead of the standard foglamps.

For the first time, the brand will be offering an option for the 911 Turbo the dynamic bending lights that can swivel by as much as 15 degrees. With this, the lights are able to shine even on bends and it ensures that the headlight module is always focused on the road. The way the double lens projection system has been designed shows that the new 911 does indeed have a striking and progressive character.

Still on the new design, the use of the double-arm exterior mirrors brings with it two benefits. The first is that it provides a better view of the rear with the second being it helps optimize the aerodynamics since the mirror glass gets better protection from the dirt. Coming in as standard on the new 911 Turbo are the Turbo II 19-inch forged wheels with a twin-tone look. This gives the new model a more appealing touch when it comes to design and style.

Looking at its rear portion, it is evident that the 911 Turbo is muscular and even more powerful. This is achieved through the classic split wing combined with the larger tailpipes and the rear lights with its new design and the use of LED technology. This latest version of the best 911 so far also has with it a new set of steering wheels. For those that choose to have the manual gearbox, they will have the sports three-spoke steering wheel that comes with a modified design.

Meanwhile versions with the Porsche-Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK) will get the option to choose either the PDK steering wheel with the shift buttons or the sports three-spoke steering wheel that comes with gearshift paddles. Said gearshift paddles are placed firmly on the steering wheel with the right paddle used to shift up and the left paddle for shifting down. To match the Sport Chrono Package Turbo that is offered as an option, the PDK steering wheel and the paddle will both have integrated displays and push buttons.

Once the button is pressed, the light showing either "Sport" or "Sport Plus" will be turned on. Once the driver activates the Launch Control, the same will be shown. On the three-spoke steering wheel, the displays are placed in the left and right double spoke while in the PDK steering wheel it is located on an additional binnacle and just on top of the airbag module.

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