Porsche, which just a few days ago talked about how it is testing electric versions of its Boxster, made another green car move today. Its board of directors gave approval for the luxury performance brand to develop the 918 Spyder plug-in hybrid, which was showcased as a concept earlier this year.
The limited edition run of this plug-in hybrid, at least based upon the concept, will sport a special powertrain which combines a “race-bred” V8 engine with electric drive. The engine itself has more than 500 horsepower and a maximum engine speed of 9,200 rpm, while the electric motors on the front and rear axle have an overall mechanical output of 218 horsepower (160 kW). It should be able to go 0 to 60 MPH in just over 3 seconds and get an estimated MPG of 78. All of this being said, Porsche said that further product details will be disclosed in the months ahead, so we will have to see what transfers from the concept to actual production.
“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, President and Chairman of the Board of Management of Porsche AG, in a statement. “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.”