Wednesday, July 28, 2010



Porsche's eco-friendly hypercar has been given the green light! In a shock announcement, the German firm's board of directors has revealed that a production model based on the 918 Spyder concept car will enter series production - in response to an overwhelming reaction from the public.

Michael Macht, President and Chairman of the Board of Management of Porsche AG, said; “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.”

The concept car uses a mid-mounted 493bhp 3.4-litre V8 derived from the firm's Spyder racing car, capable of revving to 9,200rpm, plus two electric motors, which add a further 160kW (215bhp). Around town, an E-drive mode allows the car to travel up to 16 miles on electricity alone before switching to Hybrid mode, which uses both power sources in moderation. This gives claimed economy figures of 94mpg and 70g/km of CO2.

There are no details yet on the powertrain for the production 918, but the announcement is yet another sign of Porsche's commitment to electric and hybrid power. It recently announced that an electric Boxster is under development and we've already driven the GT3 R Hybrid race car.

Further product details of the 918 Spyder will be disclosed in the months to come.

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