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Porsche 918 Spyder

Porsche 911 “Edition 918 Spyder"
Excuse me, I need to go buy a lottery ticket.

Porsche is making a lot of enthusiasts change their opinions about hybrids. Many think of the Prius and other stodgy (by enthusiast standard) hybrids that are all about economy with little thought towards performance. Porsche has changed that with several spectacular hybrid vehicles.

The coolest of all these hybrids was the Porsche 918 Spyder that debuted at the 2010 Geneva Motor show. The vehicle was so well received that Porsche has now announced that it is building the super car and Porsche dealers are taking orders for the cars right now. The 918 Spyder will be a plug-in hybrid and built in limited numbers.

The car will use a high-revving V8 with over 500hp combined with a pair of electric motors that will develop at least 218 additional horsepower for the car. Porsche also claims that the vehicle will consume 3L/100km on the New European Driving Cycle test. The EPA figures for the car will be announced near the end of 2013.

Only 918 of the cars will be made and they will all be built at the Porsche Stuggart-Zuffenhausen plant with construction set to start on the first of the vehicles on September 18, 2013. The cars will land on US shores towards the end of 2013. The price is a sphincter puckering $845,000 excluding detonation and handling.

The style of the car is almost identical to the concept car that debuted in Geneva. The difference is that the production version will be based on a carbon fiber reinforced plastic monocoque and will have a manual roof system with removable panels that can be stored in the front luggage compartment. Porsche is also offering the well-heeled 918 Spyder buyers the chance to own a special edition 911 Turbo S with deliveries to start later in 2011. 

The special 911 will also be limited to 918 units and will be called the 911 Turbo S "Edition 918 Spyder". It will have design elements that echo the styling of the 918 Spyder. It will have all sorts of special touches and will be offered in coupe or cabrio forms for $160,700 or $172,100 respectively. 

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RE: strange
By Iaiken on 3/21/2011 5:42:27 PM , Rating: 2
Whoops... tired and started with the wrong number... still curious how the EU test cycle works that they can achieve 78mpg.

Maybe they gun it till it runs out of fuel and then tow it the rest of the way with a burro?

RE: strange
By tng on 3/21/2011 6:12:10 PM , Rating: 2
Maybe it just coasts really well?

Mystery to me... How do you get 78mpg out of something that has, what, 700HP? Maybe I have this whole hybrid thing wrong.... The faster and sexier they are the more economical they are? Or is it just the price?

Of course they could be playing with the numbers like GM did with the Volt, that got over 300mpg with some fancy number crunching.

RE: strange
By Solandri on 3/21/2011 7:56:17 PM , Rating: 2
The mpg ratings are derived under specific situations, none of which will come anywhere close to tapping that 700 hp. In fact I'd be surprised if the engine had to output more than about 50 hp during those tests. That's how the Corvette can get 26 mpg despite having 430+ hp. It does not mean you'll get 26 mpg while the engine is producing 430 hp.

Of course they could be playing with the numbers like GM did with the Volt, that got over 300mpg with some fancy number crunching.

That's probably exactly what's going on. The new European driving cycle test seems to be a number of short (400 sec or less) driving scenarios.

They probably started each one with the hybrid battery topped off, and based the L/100 km figure on the fuel consumed after cheating like that. The EPA test runs for considerably longer, so it'll be harder for Porsche to stack the deck in their favor.

RE: strange
By FITCamaro on 3/22/2011 7:44:23 AM , Rating: 2
Reading a bit more about the car, it seems it can go about a dozen miles near 100 mph on batteries alone. I'm sure that's how they got that figure. So if you take a quick drive to the store, no gas used. If you drive it any real distance though, that 500 hp V8 is going to kick on.

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