Porsche will be bringing the world's first petrol-electric hybrid car to the Geneva auto show next week.

No, that's not a typo or a misplaced story from the 1990s. We're talking about the Semper Vivus (always alive), the model Porsche founder Ferdinand Porsche first introduced to the world in 1900. Yes, electric and hybrid cars have a long history.

After 111 years, Porsche Museum has reconstructed the car and will be putting it on display at the Porsche stand in Geneva starting March 1st.

It took four years to recreate the historic car and Porsche will use the occasion of the Semper Vivus' revival to launch a more modern hybrid model - likely the recently announced Panamera S Hybrid.

But Porsche is being as cryptic as possible in the press release here so it could be that an altogether new hybrid vehicle will be debuting next week alongside the European premieres of the 918 RSR hybrid race car concept, the 330 PS (243 kW / 325 bhp) Cayman R, the limited series 911 Black Edition based on the 345 PS (254 kW / 340 bhp) 911 Carrera, and the Boxster S Black Edition.

The 911 Black Edition will be limited to just 1,911 units while the Boxer S Black Edition will get only 987 units made.

So, let's hope that Porsche does indeed mean that a new hybrid model will be making a splashing debut next Tuesday.

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