• Mar 2nd 2010 at 7:59PM
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Porsche 918 Spyder – Click above to watch the video after the jump

Porsche just released a video showing the new 918 Spyder concept – setting the stage by taking a look back at the very first car designed by a Porsche way back in 1900. The Porsche 918 was a bit of a surprise leaking out just ahead of this week's Geneva Motor Show launch. Porsche is telling us that we can have our cake and eat it too with the 918. It's a parallel hybrid with both a 500-horsepower V8 and a pair of electric motors adding another 218 hp. That's enough power to launch this Carrera GT-like supercar from 0-62 mph in 3.2 seconds as it charges on to a 198 mph top end. The best part about it is that Porsche says it can also return 78 miles per gallon while emitting just 70 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer.

We knew all of that already though. What we didn't know was that Porsche was going old school with their video pitch for the 918. Click through and you'll find a video after the jump. In it you'll see turn-of-the-20th-century citizens gazing in wonderment at the revolutionary Porsche electric vehicle that could go a scandalous 50 kilometers per hour! Imagine that. The video transitions to talk of the newest Porsche, and it's pretty revolutionary in its own way. We have to say that this vid would be way cooler if the 918 Spyder concept were actually a pure EV with wheel hub motors, just like the 1900 original, but it is still pretty cool.

[Source: Porsche]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm lovin' Porsche
      • 5 Years Ago
      Well, looks like Piech and VW kept their promise....
      "We will let Porsche be Porsche."

      This is what you get, ladies and gentlemen.
      I think it's a stunner.

      • 5 Years Ago
      @ AB "a pure EV with wheel hub motors, just like the 1900 original" - the original was the original hybrid , it was a serial hybrid with a small gas engine acting as a generator for the electric motors.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That's the sexiest body I've seen on a Porsche!
      • 5 Years Ago
      they need to make this!!!
      not sure about the V8 though.
      this is beautiful.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's a beautiful car.
      Honestly, if the numbers aren't B.S...
      And they can build it...
      Then they are idiots if they don't build it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Porsche is simply returning to it's roots. I thoroughly and heartily approve. I will be very disappointed if they don't make the 918 Concept.

      Good for you, Porsche.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Kidney For Sale !
      will accept cash or Porsche gift cards.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The only thing that had me crying was the questionable CGI.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That's one SWEET looking car IMO.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Beautiful. I've been looking to dump Porsche for Ferrari for some time now, but if they make this car or future 911's look anything like this, it will probably prevent me from jumping ship.

      German cars are so much better made than Italian cars anyways.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Concerning Porsche vs. Ferrari. Ferrari certainly builds some of the most stunning and beautiful cars (say 458!). But in terms of build quality, the Germans are way ahead of the game. I talked to a specialist in super car repair (well, they have accidents too) and he said that Ferraris are a pain in the b... to repair unlike Porsches which are much better engineered in that area. Not that it matters much to people with a really thick wallet, a Porsche is way ahead in terms of maintenance (20K miles oil change intervals on Porsche GT), every day driving ability, economy (yes, for example a 911 was driven quite snappy from coast to coast averaging 29 mpg - try that in a Ferrari!).
      • 5 Years Ago
      Stunning car. Too bad it would probably cost as much as a Carrera GT. If this was a replacement to the old 914 with a V6 + electric I'd be all over it.
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