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Porsche to build hybrid sports car

Porsche is to put its super efficient 918 Spyder - a petrol electric hybrid sports car - into production. The model was shown as a concept at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2010 and a road version will now be built in a limited series. And thanks to its hybrid technology it can average an astonishing 94.1mpg, making it one of the most economical cars on the market.

If the concept car is anything to go by, it will be powered by a 3.4-litre V8 petrol engine with 500bhp on tap. Alongside this are three electric motors on the front axle with a maximum output of 218bhp, giving it more than 700bhp in total along with four-wheel drive. The system is different from the one in the Porsche Cayenne Hybrid as it can actually be charged from the mains and has a range of 16 miles in pure electric model.

Official performance figures aren't available yet but a 0-62mph of just 3.2 seconds was given for the concept car, helped by the fact the 918 Spyder is incredibly lightweight with aluminium used throughout. This also helps keep down CO2 emissions to an amazingly low 70g/km, a figure even the 54bhp Smart ForTwo cdi can't match.

The decision to turn the 918 Spyder concept into a production car was taken by Porsche following a positive response from the public and customers to the Concept Study. It will also help Porsche to reduce the average CO2 emissions across its range as part of the forthcoming EC legislation that requires manufacturers to lower emissions on new models

Further details of the 918 Spyder will be revealed in the months to come, but don't expect it to be particularly cheap...

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Carlene    on 30 August 2012

I think that it is time that Porsche comes up with something hybrid. I am looking forward to the car aesthetics and the hybrid engine. auto financing

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