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Before the all-electric Porsche Mission E makes it to the market, it appears that a hybrid version of the Porsche 911 will be the first to take the stage. The variant in question will likely be the eighth-generation 911, that’s expected by the year 2018.

The German carmaker recently announced its sales figures that showed increased revenue in 2015. According to Porsche CEO, Oliver Blume, a total of 32,000 Porsche 911s were delivered to customers. The way forward for the iconic sportscar would be to have a hybrid powertrain, which is also a response to the increasingly stringent CO2 regulations, which needs to be met by 2020.

In a video, chief financial officer of Porsche, Lutz Meschke explained that the production costs for an electric vehicle was normally higher than a similar vehicle with a combustion engine. “You cannot pass on these higher costs to clients. There is no alternative, you have to invest in electric mobility,” he said. “Next in-line is the sportscar, the 911,” Meschke revealed.

“This year (2016), we will also be focusing on electric mobility. We’re successful already with our plug-in hybrids,” Blume explained, referring to the Porsche Cayenne and Panamera with their 3.0 litre V6 engine paired to an electric motor. Meanwhile, the 918 Spyder hypercar is already a hybrid with a 4.6 litre V8 engine, that’s supplemented by dual electric motors.

On that note, a 911 prototype was seen testing by Porsche engineers. It was spotted with wider front and rear wheel arches, to allow for a wider track. Moreover, the test mule appears to sport a host of sensors and instruments on its body, which could indicate that this is the 911 hybrid, in its early development phase.

So guys, it’s more of a foregone conclusion by now, but would you accept a hybrid 911? Share your thoughts below.