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Next Porsche 911 GT2 RS Will Be A Mild Hybrid

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We’ve become accustomed to a delightfully predictable “Porsche 911 playbook” for a good part of the last decade. For the 992-generation, first came the GT3, then the GT3 RS arrived shortly after as per tradition. So, there isn’t much to be surprised about with the recent announcement of the upcoming Porsche 911 GT2 RS.

What is likely to have raised some eyebrows are the rumors swirling around which point to the new GT2 RS coming equipped with a a mild hybrid drivetrain. We look closer at the information out there, and what it could mean for the brand and its flagship sportscar model.

Years In The Making

In general, Porsche is already treading knee-deep in EV waters, with the Porsche Taycan proving that the company’s sportscar DNA can still be imbued into a zero-emissions platform. I think it’s safe to say that things are off to a good start there.

Behind the scenes, Porsche has also been hard at work implementing its newly acquired electric know-how into the rest of their line-up, with recent news confirming that the 718 Cayman/Boxster and 911 models would also be subject to the company’s overall strategy going forward.

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Sources have also indicated that we should not expect a massive spike in peak horsepower figures compared to the previous-gen 991 GT2 RS. Rather, there should be a much more efficiently delivered power curve where instant throttle response—as is characteristic with EVs and hybrids—will become a key component in improving the overall driving experience and performance factor.

We can assume that Porsche has also spent plenty of time perfecting the “tetris” when it comes to mounting all the new mild hybrid hardware, in a way that does not diminish the weight balance and handling impressions of the car.

There are indications that the engineers plan to mount to battery pack under the rear seats, which would put more weight in front of the rear axle—in theory, this would bring it closer to being a mid-engined car, which might actually be a good thing. Either way, trust that Porsche will figure out what’s best.

In terms of appearances, we can expect that the upcoming GT2 RS will also share many of the most recognizable 992-generation design cues, and that it’ll likely build upon the already-radical image of the 992 GT3 RS and take things up another notch. Another game-changer by Porsche—I can’t wait to see this one!

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