The Porsche 918 Spyder, set for launch in 2013 sometime, looks like it will set some very impressive benchmarks for the entire motor industry. Porsche has just released the plug-in hybrid car’s performance figures and they are looking like real ground-breaking stuff.
Already hyper-priced from €645 000 (about R6.8 million today) in Europe, and at US$845 000 (R7 million), 918 Spyder uses a 4.6-litre V8 petrol engine, as well as two electric motors, one for each axle. A 7-speed double-clutch transmission will facilitate power and torque. A combined power figure of over 566kW should enable the car to rush off from 0 – 100km/h in less than 3 seconds. Top speed will exceed 325km/h. That part is to be expected.
What probably comes as a bit of a shocker is the amount of fuel required to power this thing. According to Porsche, the car will average a paltry 3 litres per 100km of fuel! That’s lower than the most fuel efficient small diesels from Germany and France! It will apparently be able to travel for up to 25km on electricity alone.