First look at the new Porsche 918 Spyder

Now here’s a hybrid motor that most blokes would like to own – the Porsche 918 Spyder.

Porsche 918 Spyder

Porsche 918 Spyder

It’s still in development but the carmaker says the 918 Spyder will go into production at the end of September 2013, with the first customers receiving their vehicles before the end of that year.

The car is still undergoing road trials which are aimed at testing the combination of a combustion engine and two independent electric motors – one on the front axle and one in the drive line, acting on the rear wheels.

The initial results of the 918’s driving trials shows it can bring low fuel consumption with maximum power.

This is a sports car that is designed to be a plug-in hybrid vehicle with cutting-edge electric motors for extraordinary performance.

It also has full carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) monocoque with unit carrier, fully adaptive aerodynamics, adaptive rear axle steering and upward-venting ‘top pipes’ exhaust system.

The two-seater will have a 4.6-litre V8 mid-engine with a top speed of 201mph. The electric motors will hit 93mph.

There’s no talk of pricing yet but this is a car which could make people think twice about what they want performance-wise from a hybrid.

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