Chris Harris on... the future of the Porsche 911 and internal-combustion | Top Gear

Chris Harris and Top Gear Magazine Editor Jack Rix discuss the future of the 911. Will it even exist? Will it go electric? Is there a future for internal-combustion? Let's find out...
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  • I’ve gotta say, Chris Harris IS Top Gear. I’ve never watched it since the main 3 left neither but I could literally listen to him speak about cars all day long and not get bored.

    TurboTVTurboTVTimme sedan
  • 3.0L, >9500 rpm and add a smaller electric system for the bottom end. That might actually be really, really good.

    Zuurker UZuurker U16 timmar sedan
  • Chris, great puffer jacket what brand is it? :)

    Annie WorleyAnnie Worley2 dagar sedan
  • Chris makes a good point but synthetic fuel is just not going to work at scale, like clean coal its a myth

    Thomas WilliamsThomas Williams3 dagar sedan
  • There will never be a replacement for the sound of a naturally aspirated 3.8/4.0L boxer 6 Porsche engine. That is the soul of the brand.

    Grand PadreGrand Padre4 dagar sedan
  • Is synthetic fuel analogous to "clean coal?" Because my limited knowledge of chemistry and petroleum says a synthetic fuel is still H-C-H combinations. It's irrelevant if it comes from dinosaurs or a chemistry lab. Hydrocarbons are hydrocarbons.

    Dude On BikeDude On Bike6 dagar sedan
  • The environmental cost of producing lots of electricity cannot be lost in this equation. Electric cars owners tend to overlook this rather important part of the process.

    Allosaurus FragilisAllosaurus Fragilis8 dagar sedan
    • A electric car running on coal power is still better for environment than a modern petrol car.

      Zuurker UZuurker U16 timmar sedan
  • *I’d love to see Chris Harris on the Grand Tour.*

    r e v e l a r e_ XVIIr e v e l a r e_ XVII8 dagar sedan
  • There's no future for internal combustion engines in cars - 'synthetic' fuel or not.

    jools2323jools23239 dagar sedan
  • My 5.0 Mustang just had it's first MOT. Emissions came out at 0% CO and >10PPM HC. What is all the fuss about??

    Nigel’s Modelling BenchNigel’s Modelling Bench14 dagar sedan
  • They want to force us to accept that the future is gay (electric)

    Justice WarriorJustice Warrior16 dagar sedan
  • I like how synthetic eFuels can be used in current cars too. No need to replace every car with a boring EV, keep the sound/feel whilst being cleaner. And for those who only like EV, well there are plenty of EVs to choose from anyway.

    Daniel SadjadianDaniel Sadjadian17 dagar sedan
  • E FUEL PLEASEEEEEE

    MICHAEL NOLANMICHAEL NOLAN17 dagar sedan
  • Synthetic fuels aren’t a magic solution to keeping the combustion engine unless we can change the laws of physics. They still burn stuff in an inefficient engine causing local pollution of CO2, particulates and other gases. Towns and cities want clean air and BEVs are the way to get it.

    Colin The EV InstructorColin The EV Instructor17 dagar sedan
  • Synthetic fuel!

    Muratib Mike FatahMuratib Mike Fatah17 dagar sedan
  • German car industry vs Tesla

    langra manlangra man18 dagar sedan
  • I think the 992 is the last of the pure gas powered 911's ... the 994 will be hybrid or electric only.

    SJSJ19 dagar sedan
  • Biodiesel can reduce emissions with about 90% on diesels. Biodiesel is a waste product of the food industry, non hazardous for the environment yet governments (at least the Dutch one) don't endorse the use of it. Why ? Political agendas. They have chosen electrical cars as the new economy, it's all about money and they don't care about emissions. Electrical cars still use non-replenishable resources (lithium, cobalt) so they simply switched to another resource instead of a renewable one, and batteries are still extremely bad for the environment. I don't believe electrical cars should have the future, hydrogen or synthetic fuels sound a lot more useful for that.

    Sven van WesterlooSven van Westerloo20 dagar sedan
  • I find it funny to myself the host said what I've said for months about the color being important for the M3. There's a few owners in Annapolis MD. M3, M4. They have it in black. I've seen the SUV models in different colors and they are absolutely hideous to look at. As for the M3/M4 I think if they had a dual racing dash on the fenders it would fix the cavernous distance between that grill and the A pillar. There's a old BMW concept car that nailed this design. It's not like it's something new for BMW, I mean they've had this design for at least 10yrs

    Donovan TylerDonovan Tyler20 dagar sedan
  • As a “Gear Head” The 997 911 GT2 RS is the one to keep forever “ WOW “ She’s 10 years old already 😎

    Micah 77Micah 7721 dag sedan
  • Let the free market decide...we don't need politcal interference...freedom all the way...💨💨💨

    VW GTIVW GTI21 dag sedan
  • As nice as a 911 is....it is more than ever before an obsolete toy. Everywhere speed limit and even here in Germany there is mostly so much traffic that it comes down as a „natural speed limit“. It simply doesn’t make any sense at all (any more) to spend that kind of money on a car. Most of the time they’re on lease anyway.... 🥱. It is a toy of the past... unfortunately.

    Bikemike 1Bikemike 121 dag sedan
  • 3:00 don't think Chris has ever met a politician

    Rory FraserRory Fraser21 dag sedan
  • Gt3 is a track car , why shouldn’t it be made faster , that comment about road speed limits makes no sense.....unless gt3 is really not a track car

    Matt ReidMatt Reid22 dagar sedan
  • An evergreen...if i had two thousand euros i would buy a ferrari a mclaren or a mercedes. Remember Porsche reminds to Cisitalia an italian brand strong in the fortys. Italians have always done better.....

    Francesco OranoFrancesco Orano22 dagar sedan
  • Great Interview, gives us Petrol heads a hope! #lm74works

    LM74 WorksLM74 Works22 dagar sedan
  • Looking forward to a cayman ev

    Sharing LungsSharing Lungs22 dagar sedan
  • Why no 991.2 GT3 RS? :) I think it looks the best.

    Christian GruberChristian Gruber22 dagar sedan
  • The 911 was iconic. In the 70’s and 80’s I owned two of them (also two 914’s). They represented superior sports car manufacturing to me and many others enthusiasts. I really don’t see this as the case any longer, to me the 911 represents a very high priced sporty car that is old technology. It is no longer the raw cutting edge car that my 1972 911T was or even my 1982 SC . They have morphed into something that I don’t recognize. Maintenance was never cheap, but I wonder what a brake job on one costs now or a set of tires. After you figure in depreciation, maintenance, fuel, insurance, capitalization the expense to run a new 911 must be astronomical. For me , Porsche’s ( and other German manufacturers) era has ended. What you are buying is overpriced, old technology, besides, I have recently street raced a GT2 and a Carrera S and beat them quite handily with the family sedan.

    Shepherds KnollShepherds Knoll23 dagar sedan
  • Once again Chris Harris, u are wrong! EVs are & will develop so fast & be so good in all respects that the market for an ICE Porsche 911 will be so small it will be uneconomical for Porsche to continue building them.

    BazzaG76BazzaG7623 dagar sedan
  • Hi guys get rid of your mobile phones I’ve invented a synthetic landline phone. It’s basically the same as a mobile phone but it comes with a 40 mile long cable. Job done.

    JoeJoe23 dagar sedan
  • Well said Chris!

    metaljonesymetaljonesy24 dagar sedan
  • Wow Chris is well read. EV isn’t the future. Bio Fuels are. Even Bill Gates latest book discusses that very thing, too many hurdles for “clean” EV power. Bio Fuels can be drop n play, in ANY car/truck/Semi/plane/boat.

    Michael FoustMichael Foust25 dagar sedan
  • Synthetic fuel will be nice for rich car enthusiasts

    fruhlingsbilderfruhlingsbilder25 dagar sedan
    • I'm not sure it'll be very expensive. The majority of the price of petrol is tax.

      Alle Warten Auf Das LichtAlle Warten Auf Das Licht24 dagar sedan
  • I want Porsche to make an electric 911. Porsche would make the most insane electric ever EVER. PERIOD.😂 I’ll also take a hybrid 911, that’d be awesome as well.

    Kanyes SonKanyes Son26 dagar sedan
  • I really enjoy watching Chris. I don't watch the main show anymore as it's tripe. I also stopped watching the really old 3 too. But, I'm sorry to say, synthetic fuel to become green requires a fuel cell. You cannot burn it. That means battery technology. Sure, there are methods using coal and biomass that you can burn. But your car will not sound the same and it's debatable how green that is. It's entirely possible to build an electric powered system with the inefficiency of a multi cylinder engine block. But why the hell would you? Porsche hopes to keep old collectables running with synthesized fuel rather than electrifying them. They do understand that when you take away demand, it'll be difficult to justify a multi billionaire dollar industry to power 1000s of classics without economy of scale. It'd probably cost £5000 to fill up your old 911. No more oil subsidies either. We still run steam trains for hobbyists, so perhaps this is to guarantee some form of future for the past endeavours. Now where's my Taycan Turbo (oops, can't keep a straight face saying Turbo for an EV)....

    Simon HairyCheeseSimon HairyCheese26 dagar sedan
  • Chris Harris is like the old farmer looking at a tractor after using horses to plough for fifty years: "They're still investing on making new collars for the horses"

    Rich FeatherRich Feather26 dagar sedan
  • Please can Top gear make a podcast I'd really like to see it on SEcrone and other platform's🙏🙏🙏

    Ncomeka ShingaNcomeka Shinga26 dagar sedan
  • All of my ICE cars - including the newer ones - suddenly seemed vintage after I got a Tesla Model 3. Why be sad about that? I enjoy my old vintage cars. My prediction as 2030 approaches: "new vintage" cars - special ICE cars, not Camry's - will be treasured. Porsche will provide a special service to keep them as new, adding the latest electronics, etc. "Super CPO". Everyone will be happy, even those who have difficulty coping with change.

    Curt AustinCurt Austin26 dagar sedan
  • TG has nothing to offer any more

    TeslapowerTeslapower26 dagar sedan
    • So is tesla...👋👋✌

      VW GTIVW GTI21 dag sedan
  • Massive respect for Chris Harris. Words of wisdom from a down to earth legend 👍

    markbucknell1markbucknell127 dagar sedan
  • 2035: The "new" 911 still looks like a boring stretched VW Beetle.

    TheMilk TraffickerTheMilk Trafficker27 dagar sedan
  • That "brew" is hydrogen, but ..... never mind.

    Unreliable Narrator 66Unreliable Narrator 6627 dagar sedan
  • The Germans were using synthetic fuels in fighter planes in WW2 - it’s nothing new!

    beau jestebeau jeste27 dagar sedan
  • CO2 is the lifeblood of the planet...

    beau jestebeau jeste27 dagar sedan
  • Synthetic/bio fuel exist since decades in the form of ethanol. Much used in Brazil. Also, there is already biodiesel Nobody except Brazil wanted to go this way.

    michelcotemichelcote28 dagar sedan
  • The NEW BMW-s are so uglly cars that India manufacturer TATA makes bether looking cars !!! AMEN

    Sanel ŠabanovičSanel Šabanovič28 dagar sedan
  • It would be interesting to see an internal combustion engine using other than fossil fuel .. coz as a car enthusiast i think electrics are great but the internal combustion is always exciting .. 👍🏼

    InCombusTricInCombusTric28 dagar sedan
  • You can easily put Harris in with Clarkson, May and the little fella and it would be like they have always been together !

    indoblehindobleh28 dagar sedan
  • Hydrogen fuel is the future not electric.

    tony152tony15228 dagar sedan
  • Leaded petrol is bad but we have developed unleaded. Unleaded is bad, drive diesels. Diesels are bad, we have synthetic fuels....... and so it goes on.

    Steve CadeSteve Cade28 dagar sedan
  • Chris Harris is a purist and I for one 100% appreciate that. Original Gang of 3 was awesome, they brought motoring to the people with humor and their own motoring passion with an accent on humor. Lets just appreciate them all, and long live the combustion engine for its raw mechanical vibe and respect the punch of electrons. That said, I think Porche has it right. How can a 1.9 sec 0 to 60 be anything like safe on a daily drive!!! Were at the edge of speed right now...desperate for what's next even if its the "I want my mummy button" Lets hope we can appreciate the feel of a beast between our hands and pedel for a few more years before the autonomous drive is the norm!

    Phillip Wesley-BrownPhillip Wesley-Brown28 dagar sedan
  • synthetic fuels are a well understood and proven technology. The Germans used those in their fighter planes during WW2. You need hydrogen and carbon, whether from fossil like coal or natural gas or by carbon capturing and electrolysis doesn't make much of a difference. It's just very expensive! But like the German Luftwaffe, supercar owners won't care about the price of their juice, or will they?

    Volker HettVolker Hett28 dagar sedan
  • Chris Harris is ALWAYS interesting to watch. Whether he’s sideways at opposite lock in a Mclaren, or sitting on chair in a studio talking about the future of the internal combustion engine. Never stop, sir.

    Mohammed MughalMohammed Mughal28 dagar sedan
  • Chris, I think you're assuming that politicians would be prepared to acknowledge that they made a rash decision, or did not engage stake-holders about the potential of alternative fuels for ICE's. You give them way too much credit for open-mindedness and objectivity. Their position is ideologically-driven (no pun intended), and you can't change those whose feet are cemented in ideology (so many other examples) with facts or science.

    Gregory PhippsGregory Phipps28 dagar sedan
  • Synthetic fuels make sense as well because there are wheeled vehicles which can't use batteries yet: long distance trucking and shipping.

    acchaladkaacchaladka29 dagar sedan
  • Is this just going to become a podcast? It should be! This duo is quite good in my opinion and I’d love long form discussions from them

    Michael PruettMichael Pruett29 dagar sedan
  • Bit surprised, not the 4.0?

    1224ALEX12241224ALEX122429 dagar sedan
  • The thing about the current line up is that viewing figures will drive who they keep. People who like a 'bit of a ladd laff' tune in to watch Freddie. People who like cars tune in to watch Chris. People who like eating crayons tune in to watch Paddy.

    Tim HamlettTim Hamlett29 dagar sedan
  • Chris Harris for Prime Minister?

    Mark ScotchfordMark Scotchford29 dagar sedan
  • ICE will fade like mechanical watches - popular with afficionados, but not with most people.

    EnergyMaxWhEnergyMaxWh29 dagar sedan
  • Porsche's synthetic fuel is just as much a pipe dream as hydrogen fuel cells have been. Keeps clutching at straws, shmucks.

    LiveandLetDriveLiveandLetDrive29 dagar sedan
  • I think i might buys some stock in synthetic clean fuels

    A92A9229 dagar sedan
  • The 911 will go electric, and its going to be a huge hit.

    Revelacion HumanaRevelacion Humana29 dagar sedan
    • It already is.

      Francisco SousaFrancisco Sousa29 dagar sedan
  • You sure about that?! HAHA I'm not buying an electric Panamera. Sorry, that's like asking Americans to give up the 2nd. a 911 has a flat 6. PERIOD.

    Ryan WayRyan WayMånad sedan
  • Porsche can’t even design a 991 S like I have that has front grill screens to keep pebbles from puncturing an AC condenser where you loose all refrigerate then lose ac. Don’t even want to discuss having it fixed or the dealerships who treat you like shit because you did not buy the car from them. Selling and buying a Tesla. Way faster anyhow.

    Jack ShaheenJack ShaheenMånad sedan
  • Chris is king 🤴

    andrewlam426andrewlam426Månad sedan
  • Come on PORSCHE!!!! SYNTHETIC FUELS!!!!!!!!

    Tanvir HussainTanvir HussainMånad sedan
  • Politicians are bullshitters, we need combustion engines to continue! Cars are not evil at all. They are amazing!!!!!

    Tanvir HussainTanvir HussainMånad sedan
  • An e-Gas ICE 911 will still produce particulates and nitric oxide even if the net CO2 contributions are zero. I'm OK with electric cars, pluses and minuses, but it's the future, got to go with it, the environment and health is more important than cars, (marginally) and the vast majority people are not going to accept polluting vehicles on in their neighbourhoods in just a few years time. ICE enthusiasts will be the new Steam Train enthusiasts, fat middle ages boring men who spend there weekends travelling around the country ICE-CAR spotting. I expect when VW group start manufacturing their QuantumScape solid state batteries Porsche will bring out a 911e with a battery in the boot rather than an engine, with a manual gearbox option for the die-hards, that would be good enough for me with my rubbish driving skills to have some fun in.

    Jon JenningsJon JenningsMånad sedan
  • Outside of Europe for places like australia who do not have the infrastructure for electric charging stations how do they benefit ?. in some places we barely have enough petrol stations. Gordon Murray raises some very relevant points about an EV future on Harris’s podcast and the impact of battery management . I do not believe EV is the future. Hydrogen or synthetic fuels to replace existing fossil fuels should be pursued.

    K NK NMånad sedan
  • I would like to see a race from lands end to John o' groats between a £10 k Dacia Sandero, the cheapest internal combustion engined car on the road and a very expensive electric car with the ordinary charging infrastructure, driving mostly at motorway speeds. Say a Jaguar I Pace, or an Audi etron. It would just demonstrate to the buying public, how far behind internal combustion engined cars, electric cars are, even a Tesla, any Tesla would be slower, keeping within the speed limit and at least four times the price and more.

    Steve ZodiacSteve ZodiacMånad sedan
  • I know that dramatic faces make for more clicks, but don't let them do it Chris, you look like a fool.

    O MO MMånad sedan
  • Chris drove every single nail with a single stroke, he's an absolute genius

    ADHAiiN7ADHAiiN7Månad sedan
  • Chris is the best presenter TG has had because he is a proper driver. I wonder if Chris Sutcliffe would do a couple of episodes? Or even VBH or Rebecca Racer....

    Sean FenwickSean FenwickMånad sedan
  • Form has future, propulsion does not. Synthetic fuel, that's not serious. Every ice user will abandon ice after driving an EV.

    PenkillerDIYPenkillerDIYMånad sedan
  • C'mon Porsche, only you can save the internal combustion engines!

    John Carlo FernandezJohn Carlo FernandezMånad sedan
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    Young JPYoung JPMånad sedan
  • I will never own a electric car. I'm not sure why so many people are ok to allow the government to control what you can and can't drive. What else will you allow them to control?

    James 1:19James 1:19Månad sedan
  • No Hammond, no top gear.

    Curtis BtyantCurtis BtyantMånad sedan
    • Who?

      Alle Warten Auf Das LichtAlle Warten Auf Das Licht24 dagar sedan
  • Let’s just admit that electric cars suck balls. All of them. Every single one.

    Artie LangermanArtie LangermanMånad sedan
  • lol look at the top gear views now vs before. RIP

    AionicMusicAionicMusicMånad sedan
  • Chris for the knowledge and fred and pad are limited in knowledge but are entertaining as thebteio. There as entertaining as 2002-2009 top gear which is brilliant

    J NJ NMånad sedan
  • Harris’s expected U turn for politicians is a joke ... how Naive !

    Max FlightMax FlightMånad sedan
  • Heartbreaking but IC is 💀 dead.

    Max FlightMax FlightMånad sedan
  • Let’s not confuse companies like Porsche, Shell or even F1 & it’s partners trying to find a viable way to produce a replacement Biofuel with thinking that they have found a way. One of the major problems is and will be the inability to produce at scale without affecting feedstock cost, hence the ability or lack there of to provide a biofuel at scale, at a cost that can compete with the cost of electricity.

    Koi StamKoi StamMånad sedan
  • It’s a little depressing to think that by the time I’ll be able to afford something like a 911 most or all of my options may be electric 🤦‍♂️

    ShootyGamesShootyGamesMånad sedan
  • Politicians making decisions are mostly Peters (Peter Principle) and the only reason why we are in the mess we are. Check also what Bernie Ecclestone said about democracy (and besides I would add my own: most western countries do not have any Democracy but simply put a Duocracy...my term) and you will have a another excellent reason for the mess we are in...it is stupidly simple my dear Watson

    SixPotShotSixPotShotMånad sedan
  • My GT3 touring a sleeper and a Chris Harris confirmed it’s a keeper

    RobRobMånad sedan
  • We still need ice engines just use technology to make em clean get sick of the ev hype which a lot of it is

    Steve Walsh-BalshawSteve Walsh-BalshawMånad sedan
  • The bottom line is governments are stupid and you must remove them when they begin to make tyrannical laws that make no sense and restrict the public based on high school science and research.

    bertramincbertramincMånad sedan
  • I really wish you'd let Chris finish his sentence on the M3...

    Christopher WChristopher WMånad sedan
  • I love chris harris and love reading comments about him even more

    pen paperpen paperMånad sedan
  • Surely if a GT3 isn't powerful enough for you then you're buying the wrong car to begin with? I agree that there's no point constantly seeking more and more power as though it is some sort of absolute requirement of progression.

    Matt JarrettMatt JarrettMånad sedan
  • I would rather watch Jeremy Clarkson than hear this

    Jacob BlackardJacob BlackardMånad sedan
    • The guy from Who Wants to be a Millionaire?

      Alle Warten Auf Das LichtAlle Warten Auf Das Licht24 dagar sedan
  • Isn’t the problem with synthetic fuels that you still burn them and produce localised pollution ?

    paul bartonpaul bartonMånad sedan
  • Let’s hope that politics being driven by ideology will still be convincible by new facts.

    Aldous HuxleyAldous HuxleyMånad sedan
  • It will still be there, the 911. However it will be electrified.

    Carlo SCarlo SMånad sedan
  • Why not electric with kinetic energy recovery & rocket thrusters? As for the sound it could be synthesized

    Robert CurryRobert CurryMånad sedan
  • 997.2 GT3 RS, now can we say that car is the best or is that car the best for Chris Harris?

    colan powelcolan powelMånad sedan