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.

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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.