Porsche’s second plug-in hybrid electric car (PHEV), the Porsche 918 Spyder, was recently debuted at the 2013 International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt.
“The super sportscar with plug-in hybrid drive marks the beginning of a new era for sportscar manufacturing. Never before has a super sportscar designed for everyday use offered such an impressive dynamic performance combined with the fuel consumption of a compact car. In setting this technological benchmark, the Porsche 918 Spyder is taking on a pioneering role similar to that of the 911 when it was unveiled at the IAA fifty years ago,” Porsche writes in a press release.
Porsche’s genetic blueprint for the future: The 918 Spyder with high-performance hybrid
The 918 Spyder is the continuation of the traditional Porsche DNA in a ground-breaking sportscar concept. Designed from the start to be a high-performance hybrid, the 918 Spyder boasts an unprecedented combination of performance (offering the 887-bhp output of a super sportscar) and the virtually silent locomotion of an electric vehicle. The vehicle is able to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 2.8 seconds and offers an average standard fuel consumption of between 3.0 and 3.3 litres/100 km. The 918 Spyder concept also allows a combustion engine to be combined with an electric motor-based drive to further optimise the dynamic performance of the vehicle.
Notably, the 918 Spyder also set a new Nürburgring lap record at its debut (video above).