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Speedy Eco-Porsches

Porsche is getting into the hybrid business.

Porsche is not a brand that's synonymous with eco-friendliness. That's slowly changing with the Cayenne S hybrid, the Panamera S hybrid and the upcoming 918 Spyder hybrid. The 918 Spyder is the most interesting of Porsche's three hybrids, and it could signal a new wave of Porsches built to be both quick and green. Many of the concepts featured here are just that, concepts. Still, there's a decent shot that something like a 911 hybrid could become reality.

Marcus Classen's Porsche Sebring concept is an electric roadster that borrows liberally from the design of the Porsche 718 W-RS Spyder. The Sebring seats two and gets driver and passenger up close and personal with the open road with nearly no protection from the elements, save for two small windshields.

Frankfurt 2013 is when this fine vehicle known as the Porsche 918 Spyder Hyrbid is set to make its debut. Porsche's beautiful hybrid has a 550hp 4.6-liter V8 engine paired with a pair of electric motors that produce 230hp, all managed by a seven-speed PDK transmission. Pricing is tentatively estimated to be between $600,000 and $700,000.

The 911 GT3 R Hybrid has two electric motors mounted onto its front axle and a flywheel generator that gathers energy from braking. The GT3 R Hybrid was developed for observation and testing, but don't be shocked if some of its tech makes it into future Porsche hybrids.

A 911 hybrid hasn't been officially confirmed, but speculation around a hybrid version of Porsche's iconic sportscar has heated up. Motor Authority has stirred the pot with its report from a Porsche manager/board member that called a 911 hybrid a possibility. Oh, and any 911 hybrid would still have a 6-cylinder engine.

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