The Hybrid 911 Has Arrived


Porsche has finally pulled the silk off the much-anticipated hybrid version of its iconic 911 sports car. The arrival of an electrified 911 marks perhaps the most pivotal moment in the nameplate’s 60-plus-year history. Let’s delve into the particulars.

2025 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 GTS Cabriolet exterior black low front three quarter driving on road

Headlining the 911’s hybridization is the GTS model, long a one-stop-shop for bundling the most driver-centric add-ons within Porsche’s extensive options list into a single package. Porsche’s decision to debut the hybrid system on one of its most capable trims reads as a deliberate effort to reassure enthusiasts that a hybrid 911 would still be an engaging, sporting 911. The GTS will feature an all-new drivetrain, which utilizes a newly developed flat-six engine, a new eight-speed PDK automatic transmission, and new hybrid components.

2025 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS hybrid system cutaway

Let’s start with the hybrid tech, since that’s the biggest news here. A permanently excited synchronous electric motor is integrated into the GTS’ new eight-speed PDK automatic transmission. It draws power from a 1.9-kWh battery, which also supplies juice for some other features we’ll touch on in a second. That electric motor lends an extra 110 lb-ft of torque and 54 hp to the existing twist and thrust of the engine.

GTS models will be available in rear- or all-wheel drive, and will sport a conventional driveshaft and differential setup to power the front wheels rather than a separate electric motor. This is in contrast to the AWD setups of the Corvette E-Ray and outgoing Acura NSX, both of which make use of standalone motors (one for the Corvette, two for the Acura) to motivate the front axles.

2025 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS engine detail

Speaking of which, the 2025 911 Carrera GTS features an all-new flat-six engine that displaces 3.6 liters, a 0.6-liter increase relative to the outgoing 911 Carrera GTS brought about by upsized bore (97 mm vs. 91 mm) and stroke (81 mm vs. 76.4 mm) dimensions. Power from the engine alone jumps 5 hp, from 473 hp to 478, though the engine’s torque output remains the same at 420 lb.-ft.

2025 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS electronic turbocharger detail

However, the new flat-six isn’t just bigger, it’s more advanced. The engine now utilizes a single, electronically driven turbocharger rather than two conventionally driven turbos like the outgoing GTS. An integrated electric motor placed between the hot and cold sides of the turbo helps build boost quicker and minimize lag. The motor can also function as a generator, lending up to 11 kW of power back to that 1.9-kWh battery from the exhaust gasses.

The sum of these updates is a drivetrain with 532 hp and 449 lb.-ft. of total system output. Perhaps more remarkably, the high-tech system only added 103 lbs to the car’s curb weight. Performance figures are commensurately improved, too. Porsche claims that the 2025 911 Carrera GTS Coupe can run 0–60 mph in just 2.9 seconds—0.3 seconds quicker than the outgoing non-hybrid GTS. Top speed is a whopping 194 mph.

2025 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 GTS Cabriolet exterior black front three quarter in marina

Keen-eyed readers will note that we’ve not yet mentioned a manual transmission. As of now, the hybrid 911 does not offer a row-your-own option. You were able to get a seven-speed manual on the outgoing version of the 911 Carrera GTS, but alas, this tricky new drivetrain tech mandates that a computer handles the shifting duties. Porsche may choose to offer the manual transmission down the road for certain 911 models, perhaps even hybrid ones eventually, but as of now, that option is not on the table.

2025 Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS exterior red low front three quarter driving on road at golden hour

The 911 Carrera GTS will also feature rear-axle steering as standard—a first for this model—helping increase high-speed stability while also reducing the car’s turning circle in tight areas. Adaptive sport dampers, which lower the car’s ride height by 10 mm relative to base 911 Carreras, will again be fitted as standard.

While not as dramatic an evolution as the hybrid GTS, Porsche also unveiled the 2025 911 Carrera—the “base” 911, if such a thing exists. That model will not feature the hybrid drivetrain. Instead, it will soldier on with a 3.0-liter, twin-turbo flat-six, though the motor also gets some upgrades. A new intercooler, cribbed from the 911 Turbo, now sits between the engine and the rear decklid. New turbos donated from the outgoing 911 Carrera GTS were fitted as well. Output rings in at 388 hp—up nine ponies from the outgoing version—and 331 lb.-ft. of torque. Porsche says the 911 Carrera can rip to 60 mph from a standstill in just 3.9 seconds (3.7 if you spring for the Sport Chrono Package), down 0.1 seconds from the outgoing version. As with the outgoing model, a manual transmission is not an option; it’s PDK or nothing here, too.

2025 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS exterior front fascia detail

Stylistically, the 2025 911 will get a host of aerodynamic enhancements, including some model-specific ones. All the light functions—brights, fog lights, turn signals, etc.—are now integrated into the standard LED Matrix headlights. Because of this, there’s no need for additional fog lights below, which allows for larger cooling openings on the front fascia. For the hybrid Carrera GTS model, the front fascia will feature vertical air flaps that can open or shut depending on airflow demands. Out back, a new rear light bar with P O R S C H E lettering helps accentuate the wide, low stance of the car. Carrera GTS models get a GTS-specific sport exhaust system as standard.

For the first time, the 2025 911 will offer a fully digital instrument cluster, replacing the part-analog and part-digital cluster that came on outgoing cars. The cluster is highly customizable, but the standard five-dial design that’s been a hallmark of 911 interiors for decades is still a mainstay. Flanking the new cluster is another 10.9-inch screen that handles infotainment and phone mirroring duties.

You can have your 2025 Porsche 911 Carrera in Coupe or Cabriolet form, both with rear-wheel drive exclusively. Order books for both are open now, with the 911 Carrera Coupe starting at $122,095 and the 911 Carrera Cabriolet starting at $135,395. Deliveries for these models are expected to begin in the fall.

If you’re ready to make the leap to the hybrid 911 Carrera GTS, the configuration tree grows substantially. You get to choose from Coupe or Cabriolet form, as well as from rear- or all-wheel drive, and there’s even a Targa version of the GTS, offered exclusively with all-wheel-drive. Prices here range from $166,895 for a 911 Carrera GTS Coupe with RWD, up to $187,995 for a 911 Targa 4 GTS. Porsche says deliveries for these hybrid models will begin at the end of the year.

2025 Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS exterior red side profile by beach

We knew the hybrid 911 was an inevitability. Now that we know a lot more about the particulars of the car and its complex drivetrain, we’re cautiously optimistic that adding an electric motor won’t sully this icon’s shine. Of course, only time behind the wheel will tell us for sure; stay tuned for that story, which will come at a later date.


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    The electronically driven turbos are more interesting to me. The hybrid stuff will likely upset various 911 people who don’t like change. Maybe there will be a non-hybrid model or models later. Weight gain due to hybrid tech is my only complaint on the tech but that is unavoidable. Knowing Porsche this will be incredibly fast.

    There is a non-hybrid 992.2 from launch. The 992.2 Carrera with the 3.0 motor with previous gen GTS turbos.

    This is in conflict with the sweet handling previous gen 992.1 Carrera with its small turbochargers, who were held responsible for the models high accolade of near non-existent turbo lag due to small turbos. So now we can expect a more turbo wallop of power on the base Carrera?

    So on the hybrid GTS, which sports an increased 0.6 liter of capacity and an electronic turbocharger, the increased output of the petrol engine is only 5hp and same torque as before, while on the base Carrera with the same 3.0 liter capacity and bigger previous gen GTS turbos, the increased output is 9hp and more torque. That seems kind of a lame to me power increase for the bigger capacity engine, besides the 50-ish electrical horsepower assistance.

    That electric motor/generator/turbo sounds quite expensive. I wonder if they considered the heat of the turbor right next to the motor/generator? No word on fuel economy….as if anyone but me thinks of that on an almost $200k automobile. Because 911’s have such long lives, I wonder these trick hybrid parts will be available 20, 30 years from now?

    Nothing has changed: Porsche is still making Driver’s Cars, it’s just that computers are doing all the driving now! 😉

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