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Porsche 911 2020: hybrid power confirmed for mid-life update - reports

Porsche appears to have confirmed a plan to introduce hybrid power to its 911 in around four years, with executives targeting this new model's mid-life update for the first dose of electrification in the iconic sports car's long life.

That's the word from the LA Auto Show, which is happening now in the USA, where the new 911 992 was unveiled. Executives there told UK publication Auto Express that the long-rumoured hybrid model would be "the next evolution of this car."

"That will be the next evolution of this car, that means at least four years from today," the vehicle's product line director, August Achleitner, told the publication. "When I am thinking about a hybrid version of the 911 I do not mean like the Panamera or Cayenne, I mean like the 919 Le Mans car.”

For now, though, the new car gets a revised version of the turbocharged 3.0-litre engine, a new eight-speed PDK dual-clutch gearbox and, if you're a purist, a seven-speed manual transmission.

There is more power from the revised engine, with a bump of 22kW to a 331kW, which, combined with the new gearing of that eight-speed box, provides a 0.4 of a second improvement in the 0 to 100km/h times, which are now 3.7 for the S and 3.6 seconds for the 4S. Its flying top speeds remain unchanged, though, at 308km/h for the rear-wheel-drive Carrera S, which will cost you $265,000, and 306km/h for the heavier, all-paw Carrera 4S.

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