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No automaker is immune to global environmental pressures to reduce pollutants and limit carbon dioxide emissions. Even Porsche has gotten into the green game with both diesel and hybrid options for its Cayenne along with an expected hybrid powertrain for its Panamara range. Could that fuel-saving technology make a move closer to Porsche's sportscar roots? If so, would the battery pack go under the front hood in the rear-engined car?

According to a series of spy photos from our friends at NextAutos, the answer to those questions may be yes and yes. Although there aren't any logos on the car – save for some awesomely well-placed Batman stickers (Are we looking at the next Tumbler?), the bodystyle undoubtedly screams 911 while the details have us scratching our heads. What's with the oddly shaped bulge (complete with what appears to be a lightning bolt graphic) on the hood, or the fact that the photogs claim the car made virtually no noise as it sped away at high velocities?

For what it's worth, in addition to the hybrid Cayenne and Panamera programs, we also know that the German automaker is keenly interested in electric vehicles, including its iconic 911. In other words, these are spy shots that have our interest piqued even more than usual.

[Source: NextAutos]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      It is just Batman's daily driver, and just hides his gadgets under the black box.
      • 5 Years Ago
      idiots, that's not a porsche, that's a batmobile.

      and you call yourselves car people.
      • 5 Years Ago
      ahh ha, its the long awaited batman model. I can't tell, is it the ghostbusters sticker on the side window? Could be a hybrid or a joke.
      • 5 Years Ago
      a hybrid cayenne.
      for those whose definition of opulence is slightly less absurd
      • 5 Years Ago
      this is a freakin photoshop! c'mon autoblog. didn't think you guys would be fooled so easily. i mean look at it. if it were a real electric prototype you wouldn't be able to see the electric sticker so clearly because the top of the box would be more convex in relation to the hood. let alone they wouldn't have a sticker clearly marking what kind of prototype it is. and they wouldn't need such a hideous box on the hood anyways when there's a perfectly good trunk in the same place which offers plenty of room as demonstrated by the ruf e-911.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This one's easy...Clearly, it's the new Batmobile. Duh.

      Seriously, the Batman sticker on the front is teh awesomez. The 911 practically hasn't changed in design since its inception. It's wonderful to see someone at Porsche actually has a sense of humor.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I don't necessarily disagree but car manufacturers do have to start somewhere :) Having owned an Elise I can certainly relate to figures & numbers being somewhat relative, however I think that electro-IC hybrids are what's on the horizon (not pre electrics), in a not too distant future.

      Wasn't RUF a fully electric vehicle?
      • 5 Years Ago
      NOOOOOOooooo..... why , Porsche , i mean Batman , why ???? why a hybrid ??? i understand Americans fall for such crap , but did you really have to do it ??? ...i'm gonna grab my bottle of vodka and get drunk now....

      ...on the other hand, the added weight to the front will make the 911 easier to drive for the imbeciles who drive hybrids,.but still , it's a disgrace to the 911. make a hybrid Cayenne , a hybrid Boxster , but leave the 911 alone !
        • 5 Years Ago
        Its not a hybrid. Its an electric vehicle.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It is most obviously a test of Porsche’s new Echolocation system.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Could it be an F1 style KERS? Just a wild guess.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I highly doubt even Ferrari are going to adopt KERS in their cars... but as for porsche, thats a big no.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I forgot to mention, the car quite clearly has disc brakes, no regenerative brake rotors. Assuming hybrid/electric, the wheels would be driven by electric motors.
        • 5 Years Ago
        It's not terribly uncommon for an electric car to still have disk brakes. Sometimes pulling up on the throttle brings some light regen but you still have the real brakes for when you really need to stop quickly.

        That said I don't think this is an secret Porche 911 Electric, it's just a 911 with some nerdy stickers.

        There are some homemade conversions around though. http://evalbum.com/1069
      • 5 Years Ago
      On the bulge is yet another Batman logo.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I think that's actually a lightening bolt
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