Porsche has announced that it is taking orders all over the world for the new Porsche 918 Spyder Hybrid. The plug-in hybrid supercar will feature a 4.0-liter V8 engine and two electric motors, which is capable of producing a joint power of 718 horsepower from the V8 engine (500 horsepower) and two electric motors (218 horsepower).
The Porche 918 Spyder Hybrid is expected to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.1 seconds with top speed reaching 199 mph. Porsche estimates that the 918 Spyder Hybrid will be able to drive purely on battery power up to a speed of 94 mph. So far, we don’t know how long it will last just running on pure electricity, but we expect it to be around 19 miles. That is not bad at all, given the fact that gas stations are located within that range anyways, or unless you are out in the Mojave Desert.
Porsche claims that the hybrid powertrain will offer a fuel economy return of 78 miles per gallon based on European testing standards. Although the Porsche 918 Hybrid will go on sale worldwide, the company has not released a fuel economy estimate for the U.S., but we will have it soon when it comes to the U.S. in 2013.
Porsche will only build 918 units of the 918 Spyder Hybrid, and it will have a starting price of $845,000 plus destination and handling fee. But if you really want one and got the dough for it, you ought to put in the order now, because this supercar won’t have enough of it to go around the globe.
Porsche understands your pain. If you can afford the $845,000 price tag for an 918 Spyder, Porsche offers its 911 Turbo S “Edition 918 Spyder” for $160,000. It is being offered specifically to customers who have placed an order for its upcoming plug-in hybrid supercar but did not make the list.
The special edition 911 Turbo S series is inspired by the 918 Spyder. It maintains the standard 530-hp flat-six turbocharged engine while providing only unique cosmetic changes of the acid green theme that features in the brake calipers, embroidered model logos and seams, the instrument cluster needles, the bespoke PCM screen and illuminated door entry guards.
The 911 Turbo S “Edition 918 Spyder” will be delivered in June 2011 with the U.S. version starts at $160,700 for the 911 Turbo S “Edition 918 Spyder” Coupe and Cabriolet version at $172,100, excluding destination fee.