2025 Porsche 911 GTS Hybrid's 'Ring Time Aligns with 991.2 GT3

porsche 911 hybrid testing on the nurburgring
New 911 GTS 'Ring Lap Time Aligns with 991.2 GT3 Porsche
  • A new hybrid Porsche 911 has lapped the 12.94-mile Nürburgring Nordschleife in 7:16.934—8.7 seconds faster than a comparable predecessor.

  • Porsche has now confirmed that earlier car was a 991.2 GT3, pointing out that its 7.12.7 time aligns with the new car's when accounting for the recent track changes.

  • Before the 992.2 generation was revealed and the comparison was confirmed, we speculated that the new hybrid was likely being compared with the 992.1 GTS's lap time.

UPDATE 5/28/24: Porsche has confirmed that the hybrid-powered 2025 911 GTS that lapped the Nürburgring in 7:16.9 is comparable with the 991.2 911 GT3's time. The latter car set a 7:12.7 lap back in 2017 wearing Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 N1 tires. While there's obviously a 4.2-second delta between those times, Porsche asserts that the two times align when you account for the fact that the 'Ring has adopted news rules and been reconfigured to be slightly longer.

When the new Porsche 911 hybrid hits the streets, it will be considerably faster around a racetrack than a comparable predecessor. Last week, Porsche announced that an unnamed hybrid-powered 992.2-generation model set a time of 7:16.934 around Germany's famous 12.94-mile Nürburgring Nordschleife. The company also purposefully pointed out that that time is 8.7 seconds faster than the "corresponding version of the predecessor model." Which 992.1 model is that? Well, that's what everyone wants to know.

A Game Called Name That 992.1

Porsche has confirmed that a 2020 911 Carrera S posted a time of seven minutes and 25 seconds back in 2019 (about 8.1 seconds slower than the new hybrid). However, it's worth noting that around that time is when the people who operate the track started regulating lap times, including new rules about where a lap starts and finishes. Essentially, the 'Ring grew from 12.8 to 12.94 miles long, meaning lap times set before the 2019 rule changes can't be directly compared to those that came after. Something we learned when Honda touted the Civic Type R S's 'Ring time.

2022 porsche 911 gts
992.1 GTS PDKPorsche

Still, it's unclear if the 992.1 Carrera S was timed with the new or old rules and how much that might affect things. Also, as the Porsche Club of America points out, the 992.1 GTS had an official lap time of 7:25.632, which is 8.698 ticks slower than the new hybrid 911. While nothing has been confirmed, we like the PCA's detective work and agree that the GTS is likely the comp for the hybrid-powered car's lap time.

Porsche also said the hybrid model, which was driven around the 'Ring by Jörg Bergmeister, wore unspecified standard road tires and was equipped with an aero kit and a fixed rear wing, both of which are existing options.

Of course, we won't have to wait too long to find out the identity of the gas-electric 911 variant. Porsche plans to reveal the new 992.2 generation next week on Tuesday, May 28. That's when the world will learn more details about the newest 911, including its hybrid powertrain that the automaker just completed development on.

new porsche 911 hybrid testing
Hybrid 992.2 testing in Dubai. Porsche

So far, Car and Driver has reported that the new hybrid powertrain is said to be co-developed with Rimac. The hybridized 395-hp twin-turbo 3.0-liter flat-six pairs with a 400-volt electrical system, an integrated starter-generator, and an electric motor that's good for between 80–90 horses; we expect the hybrid 911 to have a combined output of around 475 hp. And wouldn't you know it, that's about the same as the current GTS.

You Might Also Like