For Porsche fans who thought the Cayenne Hybrid and the 911 GT3 R Hybrid race car were bad news, the Stuttgart manufacturer is twisting the blade, and has just announced the 918 Spyder plug-in hybrid concept car at the Geneva Motor Show.
Porsche revealed that the 918 Spyder Concept is the preview of things to come from the company, and not just an insight into a new production car. Either way, judging by the power figures, we would gladly welcome it.
The car has a 500 HP V8 engine, which works together with a pair of electric motors (one for each axle), developing a combined 218 HP. The complete power figure of 718 HP is enough to propel the 918 Spyder from 0 to 62 mph in a whopping 3.2 seconds and reach 198 mph. What’s better yet is that the expected fuel average will be around 70 mpg (US) or around 3 liters/100 km. The CO2 output is pegged at an extremely frugal 70 grams/km.
Porsche revealed that the concept boasts a parallel hybrid setup, allowing for even a full EV mode (E-Drive) which sees the two electric motors propel the car for up to 16 miles. Other modes include Hybrid, which does just what you’d expect, Sport Hybrid, which favors the conventional engine more, and Race Hybrid, which uses the full extent of the gasoline engine, and the full power of the motors. According to Porsche, the 918 Spyder Concept lapped the Nurburgring Nordschleife in just 7:30 minutes.
While purists will frown at the sight of such a concept, the power figures make it a great Porsche. What do you believe? Hit the jump to check out a video of the Porsche 918 Spyder Concept and then share your thoughts with us.
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