Porsche to make 918 Spyder plug-in hybrid

Porsche has confirmed it will make a production version of the 918 Spyder hybrid supercar that it displayed at this year’s Geneva motor show.

The gloriously adventurous mid-engined sports car was one of the hits of the show, with Porsche having not told anyone it was planning to display the 918 before it appeared on the stand. From the moment of its unveiling there was intense speculation that Porsche would build the car, and this was backed up by senior execs admitting that Porsche has a history of always putting its concepts into production…

The petrol electric hybrid is claimed to emit just 70g/km of CO2, and the concept was said to be capable of going as far as 94.1 miles for every gallon of fuel.

There are no indications on further details such as speed, performance or price, but Porsche has promised that it will tell us more in the coming months. We can’t wait.

The usual view one has of a car like this

There have been test results showing 0-60 in 3.2 seconds. Top speed is whatever you can get away with – in the neighborhood of 195 mph. Average fuel consumption = 76 mpg. Price will be north of $520,000.

What this proves is that the engineering and technology already exists to combine power, fun – economy and cleaner running. The hard bit is making it affordable.

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