The Best Performance Hybrids For 2024
Think of a hybrid and it mostly conjures up images of economical cars that use electrical assistance to maximise fuel efficiency, whilst providing the reassurance of a combustion engine when the batteries get low. In an ideal world it seems like a more practical solution than purely electric motoring, getting the most miles out of your petrol or diesel or even allowing a limited range of electric power only, whilst not suffering from range anxiety.
But hybrid power can mean so much more than that. One of the advantages of the efficiency and instant power delivery of an electric motor is that it can assist a combustion engine to provide more power. In the same way that a turbocharger or supercharger can get more power from a smaller capacity combustion engine, an electric motor can also make a huge difference.
Here is our rundown of some of the more interesting and exciting hybrid cars to look out for in 2024:
For over 60 years the Porsche 911 has evolved gently and gradually without too much radical thinking or giant leaps. Anything that had caused uproar amongst the fanbase has been swiftly changed back or redesigned in order to keep their loyal buyers happy. The formula may changed little over the whole of its lifetime, yet it still remains one of the finest sports cars money can buy. All that is about to change however with the biggest change to the 911 in its history.
Many die-hard Porsche 911 fans will be cringing at the fact that this year they are set to unveil a hybrid engine to the line up. What seems like sacrilege to many, there are a number of reasons why it could actually be a good thing. Firstly, as we have seen with the recent launch of the new Macan, they could have switched to fully electric power only and in one model iteration, at least the petrol engine remains. Secondly, the addition of Hybrid assistance is likely to mean that the power output will be increased quite dramatically, and the performance figures to match. And thirdly, Porsche have already proved with the Taycan that they can create a car that is alternatively powered yet still drives like a Porsche, and with the Panamera Turbo S E-hybrid, that they can create something with more than impressive performance too.
Whether they have got the recipe right remains to be seen and something that we should find out later this year. Porsche tends to not to do things by halves however and will have over engineered and fastidiously tested the forthcoming 992 Gen II iteration even more than usual to ensure the basic recipe for a 911 goes as little unchanged as possible.
In the same way that the 911 is moving with the times, Lamborghini are doing the same with the most popular selling model of all time, the Urus. Whilst it still remains its most popular model, the Urus needs to evolve and the addition of hybrid power will ensure that it remains current in today’s ever competitive performance SUV market. Whilst the firm are synonymous with large capacity naturally aspirated engines and have been throughout their history, the Urus was the turning point of that beginning to change.
Not only was it their first performance SUV, discounting the LM002 of the 1980’s/90’s due to volume and lack of luxury or performance, but it was also their first 5-door model and one to have a turbocharged engine. This year they will also be adding a hybrid engine to the line up, in line with the introduction of the hybrid assisted Revuelto (see below) that will also will begin to be delivered in 2024.
Whereas that uses a V12 engine, it is believed that the Urus will remain with a V8 and will use hybrid technology from the Porsche Cayenne Turbo E-Hybrid to ensure it will offer everything a Lamborghini should. Utilising technology from the Porsche means that the Urus hybrid should offer around 800bhp in combined power output, as well as the possibility of up to 50 miles of electric only running. This would mean that the performance should be even more impressive than the current Performante model, escalating the claims of the brand as producing the ‘world’s fastest SUV’.
Aston Martin Valhalla
Aston Martin’s establishment as a Formula 1 brand have escalated their ambitions higher than ever before. From their joint venture with fellow F1 team Red Bull to produce the incredible Valkyrie, to their plans for a more luxurious and more road adapted model, the Valhalla. Whereas the Valkyrie is intended to be the ultimate track car that just happens to be able to be used on the road, the Valhalla is designed to be the ultimate on road supercar, that can also excel on the track.
Taking most of its inspiration from their learnings in F1 and the latest hybrid technology, the Valhalla offers over 1,000bhp to provide a top speed of 217mph and a 0-62mph sprint time of just 2.5 seconds. Claimed to be the ‘pinnacle of driver engagement’, the Valhalla offers the refinement and attention to detail of an Aston Martin, but with the pace and handling ability to match the finest supercars on the market.
BMW M5 Touring
Set to follow the success of the recently reinvigorated M3 Touring, BMW are also bringing back the M5 Touring model in 2024 too. Introduced in 1992 yet discontinued in 2010 due to financial reasons, the return of the 2024 M5 Touring will also signify the first hybridised full-fat ‘M’ car. Utilising the brand’s twin-turbocharged 4.4-litre V8 petrol engine and combining it with an electric motor, it is expected to produce close to 800bhp.
The Audi RS6 rival has been spotted testing on the Nürburgring to ensure that the car is not only hugely capable in a straight line but will keep performance cars happy through the corners too. Not that all that technology and engineering will come cheap however, the new M5 Touring is expected to cost more than £150,000 when it is released later this year.
The unveiling of the flagship Lamborghini supercar is always a momentous occasion and the announcement of the forthcoming Revuelto was certainly no exception. Set to be their first non-limited production model with hybrid technology, the Revuelto is certainly nothing like what you imagine a hybrid to be. With styling even more extreme and futuristic looking than the Aventador it replaces, the Revuelto has more everything, more power, more technology, more speed and more impressive performance.
The tri-motor set up combined with a 6.5-litre 12-cylinder petrol engine means power is now over 1,000bhp, top speed is over 225mph and 0-62mph is now completed in less than 2.5 seconds. To reduce weight and increase chassis stiffness, the car now features a carbon fibre monocoque inspired by aeronautic engineering, whilst the abundance of technology incorporates everything from the gearbox to the differentials to the driving modes to get the most out of the performance. The Revuelto is the pinnacle of what Lamborghini thinks a hybrid should be all about.
Mercedes Benz AMG GT63 E-performance
The latest AMG GT may look similar to the outgoing model from the outside, but the car has been given a thorough overhaul in every area. From the inside and the fact it can now be specified as a 2+2 and the completely redesigned interior, to the development of the suspension and handling to ensure the car is more dynamic and capable than the previous iteration. Whilst there are a couple of petrol models already offered in the line up, 2024 is expected to see the addition of a hybrid version for the first time.
Thought to use the same plug-in hybrid powerplant as the latest SL and the saloon version of the same model, it is likely that the AMG GT63 E-performance will offer around 830bhp bringing new levels of performance to the model. With the changes in the AMG GT model aimed directly at rivals Porsche and their 911, it will be interesting to see how the flagship AMG sports car/super grand tourer, and specifically the hybrid version, will stack up against the upcoming 911 hybrid.
When the Taycan arrived on the scene offering the latest in electric-only motoring in a large executive saloon body style, many thought the Panamera’s days were numbered in the Porsche range. Keen to keep the model alive, Porsche have carried on and launched the updated Panamera with updated styling to fit the rest of the range’s direction and the new-look interior first shown on the Cayenne.
The flagship of the Panamera range, the Turbo, is now the Turbo E-Hybrid and offers a combined 670bhp from the 4.0-litre V8 bi-turbo engine and the electric motor. This means that whilst the Panamera offers sumptuous luxury and a relaxing grand touring experience, it can also accelerate from 0-62mph in just 3.2 seconds and keep going to a top speed of 196mph. Together with the legendary PDK transmission, all-wheel drive and rear-axle steering, the Panamera still has plenty to offer in the Porsche range.
The ‘baby’ of the Ferrari range in recent times saw a mid-mounted V8 engine offering supercar pace and a symphony of Ferrari cylinders and exhaust noise to thrill any motoring enthusiast. To move with the times their latest creation, the 296, has moved to hybrid power and with it has moved the performance yardstick that bit further on in the process. Using a twin-turbocharged V6 engine and retro styling hints, the 296 is reminiscent of the legendary Dino from their illustrious history.
The result from the 654bhp from the petrol engine combined with a further 165bhp from an electric motor mean there is nothing entry level about the performance. 819bhp means 0-62mph takes just 2.9 seconds and 0-124mph in just 7.3 seconds. But it isn’t all about speed, it can also travel for 15 miles at up to 84mph on electric power alone and for silent running that your neighbours will appreciate, especially first thing in a morning. It’s also about handling, and the lighter weight and incredible engine means that the 296 has been slated in the motoring press as the ‘best supercar money can buy right now’.
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