With its sleek, sexy style, an abundance of raw power and environmental credentials that make other high-end car manufacturers green with envy, the Porsche 918 Spyder is set to be the hottest thing on the roads when it is released at the end of 2013. This high-end hybrid combines two electric motors with a conventional sporty engine to deliver more than 700 horsepower and a top speed of 200 mph.
The hybrid system allows the 918 Porsche Spyder to avoid the problem that plagues most electric cars: the risk of running out of battery charge on long journeys. When the lithium-ion battery runs low on charge, the car can switch to burning gas. Running out of gas isn’t a concern either; the Spyder runs for an impressive 94 miles on every gallon. In comparison to the Spyder’s incredible efficiency, the 72.4 miles per gallon offered by its main green competitor, the Toyota Prius, seems rather pathetic. In terms of fuel efficiency, the Porsche Spyder even beats small cars such as the Ford Fiesta, which is regarded by many as an icon of economical motoring.
How can the Spyder perform so well on so little fuel? The answer lies in the hybrid technology that powers the car. Two electric motors are used alongside an ultra-efficient V8 engine to accelerate the Spyder from zero to 60 mph in less than three seconds. By combining clean electric power with the 500-horsepower gas-powered V8 engine, the Porsche 918 Spyder delivers enough power to satisfy even the most speed-hungry driver, without leaving a trail of pollution in its wake.
With a price tag of $845,000 in North America, and over a million dollars in Europe, the Spyder does not come cheap. However, for those who are fortunate enough to be able to splash out on a high-end sports car, the Spyder offers the perfect combination of luxury, eco-friendly credentials, and of course speed.
Anyone who wants to get their hands on a Porsche 918 Spyder had better act quickly: Porsche is limiting its production of this vehicle. Since Porsche announced that only 918 Spyders will be made, car lovers from around the world have been racing to place their orders with the Stuttgart-based firm. The vehicles won’t be ready until November 2013, but anyone who wants to drive into 2014 in a Porsche 918 Spyder needs to place their order as soon as possible to avoid missing out.
Guest post contributed by Jarrod Cohen, on behalf of Lexus of Bridgewater. Jarrod is a mechanic and sport car fanatic, in his spare time he enjoys writing about his favorite cars.
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