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Porsche 918 Spyder Plug-in Hybrid

One of the most anticipated sports cars of the year, the Porsche 918 Spyder plug-in hybrid has been announced and photos have been recently released. The vehicle was first presented as a concept at the Geneva Motor Show of 2010 and it is estimated that production will begin at the end of September 2012.

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According to Porsche, the first deliveries will occur before the end of 2013. The production is currently limited to 918 vehicles and Porsche already reported that 300 of them have already been pre-sold.

Technical Characteristics

The driveline of the new Porsche 918 plug-in hybrid combines a mid-mounted V8 gasoline engine with an output of over 500 horses, a displacement of over 4.0 liters and a 7-speed dual clutch transmission. The fuel consumption of the new Porsche 918 plug-in hybrid will be of just 78.4mpg (with the use of the electric motors). It is estimated that the electric motor will be able to power the car for at least 16 miles. Even though there are no final numbers available for the sprint time and top speeds, quotes from Porsche mention a 3.2 seconds sprint time from 0 to 100 km / h (62 mph) as well as a top speed of over 199 mph.

The car will be powered by two electric motors, located on the front and rear axles, providing together approximately 218 additional horsepower. A liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery will store the electric energy and the user will be able to recharge it from a regular household outlet. Recharging time will differ from one country to another, with an estimation that it will take about seven hours in the U.S. In order to further reduce charging times, Porsche considers a quick-charge option.

The Design of the Porsche 918 plug-in hybrid

The recently released photos of the Porsche 918 plug-in hybrid indicate that the actual design of the car remains close to the innovative concept that was initially presented, featuring a subtly redesigned rear, the addition of full sized exterior mirrors, different wheels, new headlamp fixtures, and the rearrangement of the exhaust pipes to the upper part of the engine compartment instead of the sides. A manual roof structure with detachable panels will be another feature of the Porsche 918 plug-in hybrid and there will be 2 seats available in a carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic body.


The price of the Porsche 918 plug-in hybrid will start at $845,000 for the U.S. (excluding delivery and handling charges).

The price of the Porsche 918 plug-in hybrid has been considered by some too steep for a sports car and it will probably be the main deterrent for potential buyers. However, it seems that Porsche has already stepped into the alternative energy propulsion era and this still comes with a price. If money is not an issue, this is a car that will please those who are passionate about powerful engines and those who are concerned about the environment at the same time.