Porsche power game with hy­brid Spy­der

Yorkshire Post - Motoring - - FRONT PAGE - Fred­eric Manby

IS this the world’s most ex­pen­sive hy­brid car? Porsche is ask­ing 645,00 eu­ros, plus na­tional VAT and on-the-road charges, for its 918 Spy­der, dubbed the su­per sports car.

It com­bines 199mph po­ten­tial and 0-62mph in 3.2 sec­onds with amaz­ing econ­omy, an­tic­i­pated at 94 miles a gal­lon with car­bon emis­sions of just 70g/km. On elec­tric power alone, it can reach 94mph.

Porsche is al­ready pre­dict­ing to lap the Nür­bur­gring Nord­schleife in less than seven min­utes and 30 sec­onds – just two sec­onds ahead of the Porsche Car­rera GT.

The power units are a 500 horse power, 4-litre V8 for the back wheels and two elec­tric mo­tors de­liv­er­ing 218hp to the front and rear axles.

The elec­tric­ity stor­age is in a liq­uid-cooled lithium-ion bat­tery that can be charged from a con­ven­tional do­mes­tic power socket, de­liv­er­ing a range in ex­cess of 16 miles on purely elec­tric power.

Only 918 are be­ing made, all left-hand-drive, with de­liv­ery from Novem­ber 2013.

Buy­ers are of­fered first grabs of the com­mem­o­ra­tive 911 Turbo S ‘Edi­tion 918 Spy­der’, also lim­ited to 918 units, cost­ing £125,865 for the coupé and £133,553 for the cabri­o­let.

Avail­able in right-hand drive, from this June.

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