Porsche 918 Spyder to go on sale

Sunday, August 1, 2010

LONDON - Automobile giant Porsche has revealed that it would make only limited number of the new hybrid supercar it’s been developing, called the 918 Spyder.

The car is powered by both a petrol engine and electric motor. It would be based on a prototype unveiled at this year’s Geneva car show, reports the BBC.

It can go from 0-62mph in 3.2 seconds, has a top speed of 198mph and will be able to travel up to 16 miles on battery power alone.

The 918 Spyder will effectively replace the company’s Carrera GT.

At more than 400,000 pounds, it’ll also be the company’s most expensive car ever.

The board of Porsche has agreed to manufacture 918 Spyder only if more than 1,000 people signed declarations of interest to buy one.

Nearly double that number put their names down.ne of the car’s electric motors will drive the front wheels while the back wheels are powered by both petrol and the remaining electric motor.

The plug-in hybrid needs just under five litres of petrol for every 100 miles driven and emits 70g/km of CO2.

The pair of 160kW electric motors will provide a combined 218bhp with the 3.4 litre V8 engine providing the remaining 500bhp.

Porsche said it completed a test lap of the N�rburgring in Germany in less than seven minutes and 30 seconds. (ANI)

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