Porsche : ‘plug-in hybrid’ 918 Spyder


“Green” power and dazzling performance aren’t all that prospective buyers of Porsche’s new plug-in hybrid 918 Spyder super sports car are buying into.

With a total of just 918 models being produced (and of course the small matter of the price, a cool £672,000), exclusivity is pretty much guaranteed too.

Porsche has announced that production of the car will begin on September 18 2013 – 9/18 in US date convention – at the firm’s main plant in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen, with first deliveries planned for November 2013.

Porsche says that thanks to its hybrid technology (its batteries can be charged from a normal household plug in around three hours), the 918 Spyder will achieve 94mpg – despite offering 0-62mph in just 3.2 seconds and a top speed of 199mph.

Powered by a high-revving V8 engine “with a displacement exceeding 4.0 litres”, says Porsche, the 918 will produce a useful 500bhp. However, two additional electric engines, one working on the front axle, the other working on the rear, will together produce an additional 218bhp. The configuration means that the Spyder gets four-wheel drive with variable control of power to both axles.

via The Daily Telegraph


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