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Green light: Porsche confirms hybrid supercar

Stephen Ottley

Porsche 918 Spyder concept

Porsche 918 Spyder

After months of anticipation and speculation Porsche has finally confirmed it will build the show-stopping 918 Spyder hybrid supercar.

But Australian millionaires looking to get hold of the high tech supercar that could cost $1 million shouldn’t hold their breath: Porsche says it’s unlikely the 918 Spyder production car will be built as a right-hand drive, meaning it can’t be registered in Australia.

No decision has been made as to whether or not the car will be built in right-hand drive but it is unlikely, says Porsche Australia public relations manager Paul Ellis.

Unveiled earlier this year at the Geneva motor show the 918 Spyder is not only Porsche’s first plug-in petrol-electric hybrid but the spiritual successor to the Carrera GT supercar.

Porsche’s board met overnight to give the final stamp of approval for a production version of the concept car. No timeframe has been set for the 918 Spyder to hit the showroom but the company did confirm it would only be built in limited numbers.

Production of the 918 Spyder in a limited series proves that we are taking the right approach with Porsche Intelligent Performance featuring the combination of supreme performance and efficient drivetrain concepts, said Michael Macht, Porsche president.

We will develop the 918 Spyder in Weissach and assemble it in Zuffenhausen. This is also a very important commitment to Germany as a manufacturing base.

The production version of the 918 Spyder is expected to match the concept closely.

The 918 Spyder concept was powered by a mid-mounted petrol V8 engine capable of pumping out 373kW. The petrol engine works in conjunction with a pair electric motors (one on each axle) that could boost power by an additional 162kW.

Porsche 918 Electric Cars

That meant, in theory, the 918 Spyder could leap from 0-100km/h in 3.2 seconds and keep accelerating to 318km/h. But thanks to the electric powertrain, Porsche also claims the car can sip as little as 3.0L/100km and emit only 70g/km of CO2.

Porsche reportedly already has more than 2000 expressions of interests from would-be customers. Due to its limited production run the asking price for the 918 Spyder is expected to exceed $700,000, which would make it Porsche’s most expensive model.

The confirmation of the 918 Spyder’s production comes just after the company confirmed it is working on an all-electric version of its Boxster sports car.

Porsche is also using hybrid technology in its racing 911 GT3-RSR, which uses a hybrid powertrain developed in conjunction with the Williams formula one team.

That car has already races in the Nurburgring 24-hours this year and will compete again in October’s Petit Le Mans in the USA.

2 comments so far

Understandable not bringing it here. How much extra will it cost Porsche to make right hand drive versions to sell what, maybe 5 of them?

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