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Did Porsche get caught testing a hybrid 911?

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Jalopnik tipster Cyrus came across a murder of crow-black Porsches at a California gas station: two Boxsters and this camouflaged 911 Turbo. Strangest part? The 911 made no sound as it pulled away. Is Porsche considering a hybrid 911?

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Given the latest models coming from Stuttgart and tougher fuel economy regulations in all its markets, a hybrid 911 would be the next step. Porsche already builds hybrid versions of the Cayenne and Panamera; and it has electric versions of the Boxster rolling around Germany. And of course there's the 918 Spyder plug-in hybrid.

While there's been lots of test Porsches caught out before, several things made the 911 stand out aside from just the sound. The brakes had extra devices attached, perhaps to measure regenerative effects. The rear hood was enlarged and vented. And the side vent shown in the pictures was just a stick-on decal.

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The new 911 is expected later this year, and maybe by then Porsche will say whether its most iconic model and historic flat-six engine will get a little electric company.

Illustration for article titled Did Porsche get caught testing a hybrid 911?
Illustration for article titled Did Porsche get caught testing a hybrid 911?
Illustration for article titled Did Porsche get caught testing a hybrid 911?

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boxerfanatic
BoxerFanatic, troublesome iconoclast.

I wish porsche or some other company would make a nice, VERY simple front end for the 997 and 987.

There is something nice about a Porsche with a smooth, sleek, simple front fascia, where so many of them, stock, and especially aftermarket, are trying too hard to be aggressively over-wrought.

The lines of a Porsche are simple and sleek, with lots of compound curve.

The Boxster Spyder's nose is about the best of them out right now,

This camouflaged mule is obviously not production-oriented, but it is kind of simple, with just two grille intakes, and otherwise just simple surfacing.

Ruf made an electric 997 a while back, and it was similarly sleek, and simple, in the name of decreased frontal airflow resistance.