Porsche 918 Spyder Green-Lit For Production

Porsche has green-lit its futuristic hybrid, the 918 Spyder, for a limited production run. There is no word yet on when it’ll hit the showrooms, how many will be made or how much it’ll cost but Porsche have said that this information “will be made public in the coming months”. Most analysts are predicting a $650,000 USD sticker price for the hypercar hybrid. We’ll give you a moment to pick your jaw up off the floor…. All done? Before there is a slew of irate comments demanding an affordable hybrid that the every day Joe can afford let’s remember that this is Porsche and it’ll never be cheap to buy a Porsche.

The huge positive side to this announcement is that it’ll further encourage the development of advanced hybrid and electric car technology and it’ll also be a kick in the pants for automakers like Ferrari, Lamborghini, Aston Martin or Jaguar who are yet to announce a hybrid production model.

The original concept uses a 500 hp V8 coupled with twin 109 hp electric motors and a lithium-ion battery that can power the car off grid energy for 16 miles. The hybrid drive-train is said to be good for a combined 78 miles per gallon, which is pretty damn good when you consider that most supercars have trouble getting anything close to 15 mpg.

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Official Porsche Press Release

Green Light for Series Development of the 918 Spyder

Stuttgart. In its session today, the Supervisory Board of Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, Stuttgart, gave the green light for series development of the Porsche 918 Spyder. Reflecting the overwhelming response from the public and customers to the Concept Study, the Supervisory Board gave Porsche’s Board of Management the mission to develop a production model based on the car already presented. This concept version of an ultra-high-performance mid-engined sports car with plug-in hybrid technology made its debut at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show and at Auto China in Bejing, hitting the headlines worldwide.

Michael Macht, President and Chairman of the Board of Management of Porsche AG: “Production of the 918 Spyder in a limited series proves that we are taking the right approach with Porsche Intelligent Performance featuring the combination of supreme performance and efficient drivetrain concepts. We will develop the 918 Spyder in Weissach and assemble it in Zuffenhausen. This is also a very important commitment to Germany as a manufacturing base.”

The Concept Study of the 918 Spyder allows CO2 emissions of just 70 g/km, corresponding to fuel consumption of 3.0 litre/100 km (94.1 mpg imp) in the NEDC, on the one hand, and the performance of a super-sports car, on the other. This extremely efficient drivetrain technology then forms a symbiosis in the 918 Spyder with truly outstanding design and high-tech motorsport achievements. Further product details of the 918 Spyder will be disclosed in the months to come.

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