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The new Porsche 918 Spyder Hybrid is the most powerful and most expensive hybrid or plug-in hybrid (PHEV) in history. Not to mention the most gorgeous, since it looks just like its non-hybrid cousins, Porsche Carrera GT and the equally legendary 917 and Spyder supercars, racecars, dream cars, drooler cars.
To ensure what Porsche describes as “worldwide exclusivity,” just 918 of the 918 hybrids will be produced, at company headquarters in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen. The 918 Hybrid concept has been on display to admiring crowds at the Porsche Museum, which adjoins the factory since it was introduced to similarly admiring crowds at the Geneva Auto Show last year.
Porsche also manufactures two other hybrid models: the Cayenne Hybrid SUV and the new Panamera S Hybrid sedan. Both are produced in the company’s other factory in Leipzig, Germany, a modern campus that includes a test track.
When it goes into production late next year, the 918 Spyder Hybrid will feature a high revving 500-plus horsepower V-8 engine, plus two electric motors — one each on the front and rear axles — that provide another 218 horsepower.
The engine is based on the RS Spyder racing engine that has led Porsche to victories in the American Le Mans Series, the 24 Hours of LeMans, and the Michelin Green X Challenge.
It will be able to reach speeds up to 94 mph on electric power alone, but not for long.