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Porsche 911 Hybrid Caught Testing?

 Porsche 911 Hybrid Caught Testing?
Porsche 911 Hybrid / Copyright CarPix

Everyone who is remotely clued up in the world of motoring knows by now that even the staunchest supporters of the black liquid we refine into all sorts of things are slowly but surely turning to electricity. And so it is with Porsche, the iconic sports car maker that produces the legendary 911 range.

Having already announced that the Cayenne SUV and the Panamera four-door coupe will have hybrid variants, Porsche it seems, is now turning the 911 into a part-electrified driving tool. Our spy noticed a car dressed in 911 Carrera Convertible garb as it pulled out of a parking lot. Ominous in its absence was a noise one might associate with a boxer-powered 911. Instead the spy was greeted by a quiet noise and an interesting bulge on the bonnet.

More interesting was that the said bulge sported a lightening symbol which in some quarters is used to depict electricity. However there is no plausible explanation for the Batman sticker that appears lower down. Upon realising that his car was being photographed the prototype driver took off at a speed our spy could not match.

Close Porsche competitors like Ferrari are also working on hybrids because the goal of lessening C02 emissions is upon every automaker regardless of the type of cars they make. The next-generation 911 has been spied before but not like this. A 911 hybrid; another point for the purists to ponder on?

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susan01
I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I don't know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.
Aug 20, 2009 9:30 am
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mpower333
Please no, not that power boost , video game garbage.
Jul 29, 2009 7:18 pm
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patcar
For all we know, they may be developing an electric boost, similar to the ones nopw available in F1 racing, where the power from regenerative braking gets stored, and used for short bursts in HP at critical points in a race.
Jul 29, 2009 6:52 pm
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M!
good. now they filled up that front trunk with batteries the handling they perfected in the last 40 years will be all messed up again.
Jul 29, 2009 12:46 pm
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BabyMilo
A Porsche diesel i can handle but a hybrid, come on
Jul 29, 2009 8:11 am
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scratchy996
i hate hybrids , but Ferdinand Porsche invented hybrids in 1899 with the Lohner-Porsche.
Jul 29, 2009 11:05 am
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teuton
911 hybrid? Are Porsche kidding? I'm sick of this hybrid crap creeping up on marques like Porsche! I would go as far as to say this is a disgrace to VW's diesel heritage! I hope this crap just sticks to Toyota & Honda. Rant over.
Jul 29, 2009 7:54 am
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sideskraper
sorry, with legislation coming in that effects co2 outputs by manufacturer, we're going to see more of this rather than less. besides its the logical progression of technology. recovering energy from the system rather than letting it go to waste makes engineering sense.
Jul 29, 2009 6:12 pm
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alex_w115
new electric RUF-Porsche?
Jul 29, 2009 3:06 am
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pmontero
Road & Track Dec. 2008 issue covered that one, it´s called the E-Ruf Concept Model A and I had to go and track the magazine to compare because it was also black like the one in the pics, only it´s not a cabriolet. It was also lacking the bulge on the bonnet and had Ruf alloys as well as different bumpers and "Erprobungsfahrt" or "Test Drive" stickers. The 200 lb US built electric motor is good for around 200HP and 479 lb ft, and the batteries sadly add 1200 lb to the car´s curb weight. I hope Porsche does go ahead and push with the development of the idea, of course at the moment it´s heavy and complicated but it´s only the beginning...
Aug 3, 2009 2:33 pm
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stelvio
I've always thought 911's have electrifying performance. hehe
Jul 29, 2009 3:04 am
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anad444
is it a batman car???
Jul 28, 2009 10:30 pm
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zdenda20
I doubt that they would test a hybrid by putting a big ass sticker on a big ass bulge...its probably some sort of a computer/monitoring system...
Jul 28, 2009 9:23 pm
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scratchy996
what about the weird engine sound then ?
Jul 29, 2009 12:26 am
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mpower333
They can design and build whatever they want but that's not the challenge. The real challenge will be getting real Porsche enthusiasts to purchase one.
Jul 28, 2009 9:11 pm
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N20_Purge
Maybe batman's other car is a hybrid I guess.
Jul 28, 2009 9:02 pm
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adz612
heh heh heh....Batman symbol. lol (on the bonnet) I quite welcome the idea of a hybrid 911....but at the same time I hope it doesn't lose it's 911ness
Jul 28, 2009 8:37 pm
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scratchy996
f*ck it , i'll burn my 911 in protest and drive my bicycle from now on !
Jul 28, 2009 8:32 pm
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tootall
Aey,oh, woah..... Scratchy996, my friend. Why all the hostile and negative energy here?? No need to sacrifice your 911 in the name of protest. Just simply donate your 911 my way, so that way no inocent 911s get hurt. Okay?? That way, everyone wins (3-way tie if you will). You get to protest by riding your bike, I gain a 911 and the 911 remanis in one piece, bada bing, bada boom eh? What you say? Besides..... I would almost bet you that you would probably, nope..... You would've regreted it, the instant you would've applied flame to sheet-metal my friend.
Jul 29, 2009 12:48 am
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