Porsche promises electric performance with 918
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.