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918 Spyder supercar to be Porsche’s most expensive model ever

The Local · 21 Mar 2011, 16:18

Published: 21 Mar 2011 16:18 GMT+01:00

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The company has begun accepting orders for the fancy model, with plans to begin delivery in November 2013, Porsche said in a statement. The car will cost an estimated €770,000 ($1,091,690) in Germany including the country's value-added tax. For the same amount, a driver could purchase 46 Volkswagen Golfs.

First unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in 2010, the car consumes just three litres of fuel per 100 kilometres - the equivalent of 94 miles per imperial gallon.

“Despite that, the super sports car offers performance of the highest order,” and has received an “outstanding customer response,” the company said.


Click here for photos of the prototype.

The 918 Spyder’s high-performance V8 engine – plus two electric engines on the front and rear axle - accelerates to 100 kilometres per hour in just 3.2 seconds, and reaches speeds as fast as 320 kph, according to the statement.

Critically, the 918 Spyder emits an average of just 70 grammes of carbon dioxide per kilometre, the firm claims. According to Britain’s Department for Transport, the third-generation Toyota Prius – the best-known hybrid car – emits 89 g/km.

It’s Porsche’s offering to the growing market for hybrid cars that combine an internal combustion engine with electric propulsion, dramatically slashing the amount of greenhouse gasses the car emits.

The futuristic two-seater’s design will remain true to the 2010 concept car, but the production version will also have a manual roof system with removable panels that drivers can store in the luggage compartment.

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The vehicle is powered by a liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery that charges in about three hours within Germany, and varies in other countries depending on electricity networks. It also has a “quick charging” option, the statement said.

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21:17 March 21, 2011 by electric38
Where's the solar canopy? To go as far as they did to produce a cleaner product.... why not add a battery charging canopy as an accessory? The miles per gallon will go way up!

Get a few of the designers to model a futuristic solar canopy that matches the sleekness of the car and it will enhance the look of the package.
04:29 March 22, 2011 by rfwilson
Solar canopy? You're joking, right?

Besides looking absolutely ridiculous, a little simple arithmetic will easily show that even covering the entire body with photovoltaic cells will not produce enough electrical power to be useful for anything on a high power car like this. Their only use would be to allow enviro-nuts to pose beside the car pretending how "green" they are.
09:09 March 22, 2011 by catjones
In Berlin they call these cars 'logs'.
10:41 March 22, 2011 by OkieinBerlin
Yes, only an enviro-nut would pose beside a solar-canopied absurdity like this, but what kind of power-hungry idiot would want to buy one as they're being sold? Just wondering...
12:03 March 22, 2011 by Baynik
I want one!!!!
17:52 March 22, 2011 by rfwilson
@ OkieinBerlin

...but what kind of power-hungry idiot would want to buy one as they're being sold?

Ummm... one with a hell of a lot of money, I guess!

Still, given that this car gets better fuel economy than a Prius, to have to give Porsche some credit! Think of it as a Prius that can actually get out of its own way!
18:03 March 22, 2011 by fryintl
This is what the world needs, a $1 Mil good mileage car instead of tons of them at an affordable price. Aint it great that a rich guy who doesnt need the money, gets better mileage than the poor schlub who needs it and has to buy soem cheaper little car. 33 kilometers per liter. NIce right? what is that, 20.3 miles on a liter, or over 78 Miles Per gallon. This technology should be given to the world. You could make more money selling it to everyone instead of just the rich people. I am not a socialist, I am a conservative free market guy, but morally, this would help everyone - why don't they do it?

Give them credit? Give them hell for keeping the same technology out of the VW,s and other Cars in the conglomerate.
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