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Porsche 918 Spyder Hybrid To Start At 500,000 Euros

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On: Mon, Jul 12, 2010 at 4:08PM | By: Chris Weiss

Porsche 918 Spyder Hybrid To Start At 500,000 Euros

Today, the world has gotten a glimpse at what the future market of ultra-performance hybrid supercars will look like. In short, it's not cheap. While Porsche has yet to officially confirm the 918 Spyder Hybrid for production, a pair of loose-lipped, anonymous sources familiar with Porsche's plans indicate that Stuttgart has already received more than enough letters of interest to seriously consider production. The same sources indicate that Porsche plans on introducing the car at a price of €500,000 (app. $630,000). This figure represents Porsche's most expensive model ever, beating out the €453,000 Carrera GT.

Today's news comes from a Bloomberg report which states that Porsche has received 2,000 letters of interest for the 918 Spyder Hybrid. Shortly after Porsche wowed the auto world when it introduced the 918 concept at the Geneva Motor Show this past winter, Porsche CEO Michael Macht indicated that the company was excited about the possibility of seeing the model through to production. At the time, word was that Porsche wanted to get 1,000 sales pledges from buyers before proceeding with plans. While letters of interest are less serious and binding than actual pledges, the number shows that there is plenty of interest in the model.  Porsche has not committed one way or the other, but is expected to announce its intentions later this year.

A triumph in both styling and engineering, the 918 Spyder Hybrid is one of the most buzzed about cars of 2010. As designed for the 2010 Geneva Motor Show, the 918 features a hybrid powertrain that mates a 3.4-liter V8 worth 500 horsepower, rear- and front-mounted electric motors, and a liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery pack mounted behind the passenger seat. This combination results in a total output of 718 horsepower, a 0-to-62 time of 3.2 seconds, and a top speed just under 200 mph (198). The 918 beats even the Carrera GT around Nürburgring, boasting a time of 7:30. Generally, numbers like those mean putting a rather significant dent in the ozone layer, but the Porsche 918 does it all while boasting up to 78 miles to the gallon.

The 918 concept features four driving modes: an E-Drive mode for 16 miles of all-electric driving, a Hybrid mode that balances the need for power and acceleration with the goal of boosting fuel efficiency, a Sport mode that puts a greater emphasis on rear-wheel-driven performance, and a full-performance-oriented Race mode.

By all indicators, the 918 Spyder Hybrid is a masterpiece of technology and engineering, offering a combination of supercar-like power, speed, and quickness with efficiency that looks more hybrid subcompact than high-end sports car. Its rumored price tag of over half a million is no surprise, therefore. In fact, some auto pundits are even expressing shock that it won't cost more.

If Porsche does green light the 918 Spyder Hybrid for production, hopefully it will keep much of the concept's styling intact. The 918 breaks the familiar 911 mold, offering a more fluid, sporty stying that gives the model the distinction it deserves.

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