Porsche 911 Carrera GTS T-Hybrid 2024 review – the best 992 Carrera of all

A new engine and detailed chassis upgrades have injected personality and character into the 992, marking a return to form for the 911 Carrera
The new 911 Carrera GTS T-Hybrid is the quickest-accelerating Carrera ever
The new 911 Carrera GTS T-Hybrid is the quickest-accelerating Carrera everevo UK

Stuttgart’s breakfast-fuelled traffic highlights that the latest 911 Carrera GTS has lost none of its useability. Its brand-new engine is larger, up from 3- to 3.6-litres, and uses a new single turbocharger that’s reminiscent of the unit seen hanging from the underbelly of a 935 racer but is more flexible than the old twin-turbo set-up. And as is the modern way, it also has a battery and an electric motor with the latter incorporated into the eight-speed PDK transmission, which is as slick and smooth as ever. What there isn’t is any propulsion under electricity alone. Some might see this as an opportunity missed. After all, even Lamborghini’s new V8 twin-turbocharged hybrid that runs to 10,000rpm will offer a few kilometres of electric range.

Not the new 911. Its hybrid system is purely about delivering more performance more efficiently, using fewer components and future-proofing the flat-six engine for as many generations to come as possible. Hence that capacity increase (the 3-litre motor is still available in the base Carrera, which now uses the turbos from the outgoing GTS, albeit detuned by 84bhp to 394bhp) and that new turbocharger. The latter is a crucial part of the T‑Hybrid system and employs an integrated electric motor positioned between the compressor and turbine wheel, allowing for the removal of the wastegate and the ability to build up boost pressure immediately, eliminating any noticeable form of lag.

The new 911 Carrera GTS T-Hybrid gets O-LED tail lights
The new 911 Carrera GTS T-Hybrid gets O-LED tail lightsevo UK

The turbos fitted to the old GTS engine took over three seconds to reach maximum boost; in the 3.6 that time is reduced to 0.8 seconds. At 27kg it weighs the same as the old twin-turbo arrangement, and it also generates 15bhp of electric power to feed back to the 1.9kWh battery that’s positioned in the front of the car, where the traditional battery once lived (this is now re-homed behind the rear seat). 

Away from Stuttgart’s arteries and heading in the direction of the Black Forest via the roads that wrap around Porsche’s Weissach test facility, the new Carrera GTS begins to flex. Short bursts of acceleration deliver the kind of instant responses expected from a healthy-lunged naturally aspirated engine. Your throttle inputs start an immediate chain reaction of increased revs and forward propulsion. There’s no gradual build-up as the boost increases and the turbo spools, the powertrain is simply primed and ready – even in Normal mode.

On its own the new flat-six generates 478bhp and 571Nm of torque. The e-motor, meanwhile, is capable of 56bhp and 151Nm. When the two work together, the combined peak figures are 534bhp and 612Nm. This makes the T‑Hybrid GTS the quickest-accelerating Carrera ever, reaching 100kmph in 3 seconds. Just 2.5 seconds after a full-throttle standing start – without using launch control – it will have covered 21.5 metres, some seven metres further than its predecessor. And for the first time a rear-drive Carrera is quicker to 121kmph than a Carrera 4, too.

The new 911 Carrera GTS T-Hybrid gets a digital tachometre
The new 911 Carrera GTS T-Hybrid gets a digital tachometreevo UK

Switch to Sport when the road ahead clears and the topography gets interesting and that immediacy injects this second-generation 992 with a pure hit of adrenaline. There’s a sweetness and crispness to how it revs as the engine changes character as it climbs through its power band, eradicating the somewhat monotone delivery of its 3-litre predecessor. It’s an encapsulating tone, the crescendo building with a vigour and infectious nature that’s been missing since the Carrera models gained their turbos. 

Porsche claims the GTS T‑Hybrid has the pace and performance of the 991-generation GT3, and while some might scoff, owners of said GT3 perhaps, the rate of engine development means it’s hard not to agree with those who work at Weissach. In auto mode the drop in ratios when you pin the throttle isn’t as quick as a GT car’s PDK, but the speed with which the GTS builds momentum is hard to ignore. The algorithm that monitors the engine speed and selects the gear ratio feels well set, with upshifts coming as the engine reaches peak speed, dropping it back into its meaty mid-range ready to go again. Which it relishes doing, time and again, mile after mile. 

Select manual for the shifts and the new GTS comes to you even more, the immediacy upped further still, the engagement levels further heightened. That rapid boost-pressure build provides such an improvement in throttle adjustability that the 992.2 starts to feel more than a facelifted model. You feel more in tune and connected with the car, a more integral component in the processes being played out. It’s not that the 992.1 felt aloof and distant, but this new model takes those intangible elements that often left us cold and adds context and detail that was missing before. 

The new 911 Carrera GTS T-Hybrid is 50kg heavier than its predecessor
The new 911 Carrera GTS T-Hybrid is 50kg heavier than its predecessorevo UK

Along the open, flowing roads around the Black Forest the Carrera GTS is utterly unfazed by the challenge. It’s so within itself you sense it’s bored, as if it could be doom scrolling through social media while waiting for you to find a more interesting, challenging route. When you do, the motor is once again an intrinsic part of everything this 911 does. On tighter routes its eager responses allow you to balance the car just-so through and out of a corner, meaning you can lean on the chassis harder and ask more from it, and all the time the GTS becomes more alive beneath you. In tight uphill turns you can balance the car on the throttle with greater precision, with a much cleaner exit as you roll off the lock and dial in the throttle. Wind the stability systems back and you can apply as much or as little corrective lock as desired, the car far more comfortable being adjusted on the throttle and riding out any slide, as there’s no longer a rush of boost to unsettle the process. 

Across poor surfaces – yes, we found a road in Germany that makes a British B-road look good – you carry more speed too, because there’s a new-found trust now the motor responds with such immediacy. It feels like a car that’s unperturbed by any challenge a road can throw at it. It feels like a GT car from the previous decade in that regard.

Chassis-wise the changes are measured, with a thorough overhaul and reconfiguration of the adaptive dampers (PASM) and the standard fitment of rear-axle steering. The latter is a key contributing factor to the GTS’s agility on the road. Through tighter hairpins the nose turns in quicker and with more precision, with the rear reacting accordingly to position its mass where required. As with the previous generation it’s a piece of hardware that enlivens the 911, allowing it to come alive and work as designed. Coupled to the more responsive and explosive engine it makes for an intoxicating package. 

The new 911 Carrera GTS T-Hybrid gets active aero vents in the front bumper
The new 911 Carrera GTS T-Hybrid gets active aero vents in the front bumperevo UK

The rear-axle hardware isn’t a simple carry-over part, however. It’s all new for the 992.2 GTS T-hybrid with the components adapted to suit the 50kg weight increase over the previous PDK-equipped GTS (the majority of the weight gain being over the rear of the car), the 1mm narrower rear track and the wider, 315/30 x 21 rear tyres that sit on 11.5in-wide wheels. The geometry is carried over from the outgoing GTS, but the spring rates have been adapted to suit. 

In terms of the dampers, their Normal and Sport settings have been recalibrated and when paired with Porsche’s Dynamic Chassis Control hardware, Sport mode reduces body roll further still. These chassis changes don’t provide the night-and-day uplift that the powertrain does, but they do add an additional layer of deep polish to what was already there. Where before a 992 Carrera needed a very specific spec to feel at its best, now the fundamental set-up of the GTS T-Hybrid feels very 911.

The introduction of the hybrid model also marks the short-term end of the manual gearbox for the Carrera, the hybrid hardware means it’s not possible to fit one, while the Carrera 3.0 is also PDK-only. However, the Carrera S will make a return, so too the T and both were offered with the seven-speed manual in 991.1. 

The new 911 Carrera GTS T-Hybrid gets 19-inch (front), and 20-inch (rear) alloys
The new 911 Carrera GTS T-Hybrid gets 19-inch (front), and 20-inch (rear) alloysevo UK

The PDK in the GTS offers snappily quick upshifts, but the downshifts aren't as quick. As you’re perhaps expecting, you have to pre-empt your requirements and get the command in sooner. Ultimately, it lacks the instantaneous crispness of a GT model’s PDK, but it’s certainly not a deal breaker.

Porsche was adamant that the GTS must come in under 1600kg, and at 1595kg it does just that. The 50kg weight gain has come predominantly from the hybrid battery and the accompanying electrical architecture. The standard rear-wheel steer adds a further seven to eight kilos, and if you choose to fit the no cost-option rear seats that’s a further 10kg that goes back in.

The rest of the package remains on point. The brakes, for example, which are the optional carbon-ceramics on our car, continue to improve with each iteration and almost have a feel of cast-iron stoppers, so impressive is the modulation and feedback. They also provide battery regen, which makes their performance even more remarkable.

The new 911 Carrera GTS T-Hybrid gets an active spoiler
The new 911 Carrera GTS T-Hybrid gets an active spoilerevo UK

Visually the update is less expansive than the powertrain’s workover. At the front there’s a new front bumper with active aero elements in its lower section to aid cooling (the black ‘gills’ increase airflow through the car by 25 per cent) and new LED headlights that now incorporate the indicators, and when the GTS fills your mirrors the sharp creases in the bonnet give it a pseudo GT-car appearance. At the rear there’s a new full-width light bar that fully illuminates, while the GTS is all about its centre-exit sports exhaust. As an overall design the 992 still looks like a big car on the road, although it feels less so from behind its steering wheel and the new TFT digital dash and central screen.

You can settle yourself touring-car low in the driver’s seat, the tops of those front wings visible through the screen, and where both the 991 and 992 have previously felt a bit too clinical and functional, there’s something about this latest car that generates a sense of being in something special again. Granted, an Alcantara steering wheel always helps with a sports car interior and the adaptive sports seats trimmed in Porsche’s simple Race-Tex material and with leather side bolsters provide good support and a functional finish. Although given the forces this car can generate, those with a habit of taking their Carrera on track will want the benefit of the more extreme bucket seats which are an optional extra for ₹4.93 lakh.

And the GTS really does carry plenty of speed everywhere. That tight road from earlier highlighted its ability and agility when dealing with quick direction changes on a challenging surface with inconsistent grip for the standard Goodyear Eagles F1s to bite into. On the quicker-flowing, hyper-smooth roads that dissect Germany’s countryside the GTS T-Hybrid leaves you wanting very little. In eighth gear it feels like a 997 Turbo in fourth, such is the muscular spread of torque available. Half that gear number and it becomes almost feral, piling on speed as the tachometre races to its 7500rpm red line. It’s an addictive and immersive experience, a 911 for the modern age that just so happens to have plenty to appeal to those of an older persuasion who thought it might just be going off the boil.

The new 911 Carrera GTS T-Hybrid is the quickest-accelerating Carrera ever
The new 911 Carrera GTS T-Hybrid is the quickest-accelerating Carrera everevo UK

Price and rivals 

At ₹2.75 crore (ex-showroom) the Carrera GTS T-Hybrid has crept into the big money purchase sector, where the ₹1.53 crore BMW charges for the M4 CS look very tempting. At ₹3.99 crore Aston Martin’s Vantage is a big step up from the Porsche in terms of price and performance but the GTS T-Hybrid might just have enough to go tyre track to tyre track. It will be fascinating finding out. 

Perhaps the new GTS’s biggest challenge, as is often the case with 911s, comes from within, with plenty of used, low mileage 992 911 Turbos available for similar or less money than new hybrid model.

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