Porsche prom­ises elec­tric per­for­mance with 918

Yorkshire Post - Motoring - - FRONT PAGE - Fred­eric Manby

PORSCHE is promis­ing great things with its 918 Spy­der – dubbed a hy­brid su­per sports car. It has plug-in charg­ing for its lithium ion bat­tery which drives elec­tric mo­tors front and back so that it can run for up to 15 miles (25km) purely on elec­tric­ity. This by co­in­ci­dence is the range achieved by the plug-in Toy­ota Prius which has just gone on sale. The hy­brid Porsche has im­pres­sive econ­omy fig­ures, quoted at 70g/km of CO2 and ap­proach­ing 95 miles a gal­lon.

The rear-mounted 570ps 4.6 litre V8 petrol engine driv­ing the back wheels com­bines with a 90 kilo­watt mo­tor at the rear wheels and an 80kw mo­tor at the front wheels to give a to­tal power rat­ing of 770ps or 759 brake horse power. Top speed is more than 200mph and the 0-62mph sprint time is less than three sec­onds. On elec­tric power it can ex­ceed 90mph. If you were stopped for speed­ing you could al­ways try plead­ing: “Well, of­fi­cer sir, I was caus­ing no pol­lu­tion”.

Pro­duc­tion starts on Septem­ber 18 next year for Novem­ber de­liv­ery. Only 918 are avail­able (all left-hand- drive) and the UK guide price is (£610,000) in­clud­ing taxes. De­vel­op­ment work tar­gets a sub 7m 22sec time round the 20.8 km Nür­bur­gring-Nord­schleife race cir­cuit. Few would bet against it.

GREEN SU­PER­CAR: Porsche says its new hy­brid achieves 95 miles per gal­lon.

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