Porsche’s first hybrid 911 ‘deeply’ integrates CarPlay, but not the next-gen kind

Porsche has announced the 2025 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS, its first hybrid electric model, a car that it says can go from zero to 60mph in 2.9 seconds and tops out at 194mph.

There’s also some new tech in the dash, including an all-digital instrument cluster on a 12.6-inched curved display that now shows information from CarPlay, which it says is “integrated more deeply into the vehicle.”

But Porsche’s “all-digital cockpit” doesn’t appear to be the next-generation wireless CarPlay that Apple announced in 2022 and that both Porsche and Aston Martin recently said would be coming first to their cars. Porsche spokesperson Frank Weissman told The Verge via email that this is “a similar setup to what we introduced on our latest Cayenne, Panamera and electric Macan models.”

The dash has more CarPlay, but not that much more.
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In those vehicles, CarPlay shows info in the digital instrument cluster, but it’s not so embedded that it controls core functions like the odometer or HVAC. Weissman also confirmed the car will offer Android Auto connectivity.

The 911 Carrera GTS is a hybrid, but it’s not what you think.
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Besides the instrument cluster screen, there’s also a 10.9-inch display centered in the dashboard where drivers can customize drive modes and tweak driver-assistance features. The company says apps like Spotify and Apple Music are native in its Porsche Communication Management infotainment system. Video streaming is also available (when the car is parked).

The new 911 isn’t a hybrid in the way most people normally think of them. It features a 1.9kWh lithium-ion battery that Porsche says is about the size and weight of a typical 12-volt car battery. It’s charged by a “newly developed 3.6-liter boxer engine” and is used to power things like a new electric turbocharger and the car’s air conditioning compressor. That could mean some fuel efficiency gains, but the company didn’t offer any such claims, as Car and Driver notes in its write-up of the company’s T-Hybrid platform.

Rear-wheel and all-wheel drive Coupe and Cabriolet versions of the Porsche 911 Carrera GTS are available to order now, starting at $164,900.


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