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Porsche's Hybrid 911 Is Finally Coming After 3 Million Miles Of Testing

“For the first time in our icon’s 61-year history, we are installing a hybrid drive system in a roadgoing 911. This innovative performance hybrid makes the 911 even more dynamic,” Frank Moser, Vice President Model Line 911 and 718 said. “We left nothing to chance during development and tested the new 911 under all sorts of conditions all over the world from the freezing cold to scorching heat, as was the case during the final stages of testing in Dubai. Whether at a high drivetrain load in the demanding conditions of mountain passes or in the stop-and-go traffic of an urban environment, the new 911 has mastered even the most difficult challenges with aplomb. All in all, our engineers and test drivers clocked up more than 3.1 million miles of development driving.”

Porsche stuck racing driver Jörg Bergmeister into the car and prodded him to provide a representative lap time at the Nürburgring Nordschleife, which he did in seven minutes and 16.934 seconds. When compared to the old Carrera S, the new hybrid was 8.7 seconds quicker on the lap. If you want something to compare it to, Timo Glock drove a 997-generation 911 GT2 RS to a lap time of seven minutes and 18 seconds. Yeah, this hybrid machine is going to be fast.

The company hasn’t released too many details, but it seems the standard 911 Hybrid is going to replace the current 443-horsepower Carrera S in the lineup. There’s no word yet on pricing or power, but it’s probably going to touch 500 ponies, and touch $150,000 or more. The car will make its uncamouflaged debut to the world on May 28.

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