The Porsche 918 Spyder concept will soon give life to the fastest, most fuel-efficient and most expensive Porsche in history.
With official details filtering through ahead of its 2013 showing, the Porsche 918 Spyder plug-in hybrid supercar looks set to take efficient motoring to an almost inconceivable level.
The 918 Spyder draws its power from three sources: a mid-mounted 425kW-plus 4.6-litre V8 engine, a 90kW hybrid module on the rear axle and an 80kW electric motor on the front axle. Its combined output will be in excess of 574kW, with peak torque above 750Nm.
Those monumental numbers see the 918 Spyder accelerate from 0-100km/h in less than 3.0 seconds and 0-200km/h in under 9.0 seconds on the way to its 325km/h-plus top speed. It also has an electric-only driving range of more than 25km and can accelerate beyond 150km/h before the petrol engine kicks in.
Despite being more powerful and quicker off the mark than the upcoming V12-powered Ferrari F12 Berlinetta, the 918 Spyder will be among the most fuel-efficient petrol-powered vehicles on the market.
With fuel consumption below 3.0 litres per 100km and CO2 emissions under 70 grams per kilometre, the plug-in supercar is more than 25 per cent greener than the Toyota Prius, and would be the most frugal car in Australia if it was launched today.
There are a few problems with that, however. The first is that Porsche will only produce the 918 Spyder very limited numbers, and all of those will be made in left-hand-drive only. Any car lovers desperate to add the 918 to their private collection will be forced to part with approximately Continue reading
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