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2024-2025 Porsche 911 Turbo ‘992.2’ Cabriolet spotted at Nurburgring (video)

New range-topper expected to receive regular hybrid tech rather than plug-in (PHEV)

The new 2024-2025 Porsche 911 Turbo and Turbo S are currently under development as part of the 992.2 facelift, with prototypes out on the Nurburgring showing brisk performance. It’s understood Porsche will infuse hybrid technology for the first time on the legendary sports car.

We spotted various 992.2 prototypes on the Nurburgring recently, and some were showing clear signs of electrified power; they featured a special yellow warning sticker on them. The sticker basically warns safety marshals that the prototypes have high-voltage electrical gear on board, in case of an emergency.

Although Porsche is believed to be working on a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) version of the 992.2 911, as potentially spotted in our previous spy shots, it’s understood the 911 Turbo will only feature a conventional hybrid setup, with no proper electric-only driving capability, aside from low speed driving.

In saying that, there is a strange cap-like element in the bodywork behind the rear wheel on these prototypes. It looks suspiciously like an electric socket cover. The 911 has always featured a front-mounted fuel tank with the filler cap on the front guard, as clearly seen on these prototypes as well. Of course, there is a chance this strange cover is there other reasons.

The 992.2 911 Turbo is set to receive a smallish electric motor mounted within the eight-speed dual-clutch gearbox, powered by a 400-volt system, assisting the engine to built up initial torque and help it produce even more power. In its current form, the 911 Turbo S produces 478kW from its 3.8-litre twin-turbo flat-six.

For the 2024-2025 Turbo we could see power tipped over the 500kW mark, potentially to around 522kW (700hp). Either way, it is expected to come in as the quickest 911 ever, as is usually the case with every new generation.

With the electric motor and battery on board, the new 911 Turbo is set to be heavier than ever. The current model has a tare mass of 1599kg. This 992.2 generation could weigh in closer to 1700kg. Porsche being Porsche, though, plenty of weight-optimising measures will no doubt keep the difference to a minimum.

Like the rest of the range, the 992.2 911 generation is expected to bring in some minor design tweaks for the exterior. For the Turbo S, seen here in coupe form (below), it looks like it will switch to a boxy quad-outlet exhaust setup, compared with the current separated single oval layout.

Prototypes might not show it but the production version is set to showcase revised front end styling, with an updated front apron and active front lip spoiler, as well as slightly tweaked headlights and minor trimmings. We could also anticipate new-look alloy wheel designs.

Changes are also likely for the interior, potentially with the gear lever stalk moved up to the dashboard like on the latest Cayenne. Porsche might switch to a fully electric instrument cluster as well, although we hope it sticks with a traditional mechanical rev-counter in the middle.

Much of this is purely speculation or semi-confirmed details stemming from industry reports. However, we should know more later in the year. A full debut for the 992.2 facelift is slated for late in 2023 with market entry in Australia some time in 2024.

Brett Davis

Brett started out as a motor mechanic but eventually became frustrated working on cars that weren't his. He then earned a degree in journalism and scored a job at Top Gear Australia back in 2008, and then worked at Zoom/Extreme Performance magazines, CarAdvice, and started PerformanceDrive/PDriveTV in 2011 with Josh Bennis, and ran it for 12 years. He's now the owner and managing editor here at Driving Enthusiast.

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