From the Editor…
UP FRONT… It may just be a trickle of info right now, but information and hard facts re the new 992 generation of the 911 is building. Get ready for the hybrid 911
Drip, drip, drip building into a trickle and finally culminating in a cascade. Between now and 2019, that’s how we will be receiving info regarding the new 992 generation of the venerable 911. The first spy shots have surfaced and we’ve bagged a few for the news pages in this issue. With those come much speculation. Any form of normal aspiration is out, that’s a given. The future is most certainly twin turbocharged. And then there’s the question of hybrid power. It’s coming, of that there can be no doubt. Porsche hasn’t spent time, money and research on the road and the track, to then not apply what it’s learnt to its most iconic product.
Hybrid power is coming for the 911, of that there can be no doubt…
How will this manifest itself? The smart money appears to be on electro assistance to the front wheels (rather like the 918) via a dense, powerful lithium battery pack, which would live up front, where the front diff would be if it were a 911 C4. Makes sense from a packaging and weight distribution point of view and there’s certainly no room in the rear for batteries etc. Our view on all this? Well, it’s a cop out, but right now it’s just too early to say. There’s no doubting it will be a technical tour de force, but inevitable is the further erosion of basic driving dynamics at anything less than ten-tenths. More weight, wider track and more stuff, and can a manual transmission actually work with a hybrid drivetrain? It would surely be a first. Oh, dear, we are moaning minnies, are we not? Time to repeat: ‘It’s just too early to say.’
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