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Porsche has announced that dealers the world over have begun taking orders for the company's 918 Spyder. The plug-in hybrid will boast a 500-horsepower, 4.0-liter V8 engine and two electric motors capable of a combined 218 horsepower. Porsche says the hybrid powertrain will consume a mere 3.0 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers – or around 78 mpg. The German automaker hasn't released any fuel economy estimates based on U.S. testing standards, though EPA figures are said to be on the way. Look for the gas-electric Porsche supercar to touch down on U.S. soil by late 2013.

If you want one, you better drop what you're doing and get in line right now. The automaker says that it's only planning to build 918 examples of the vehicle and that each of them will carry a lofty price tag of $845,000 plus destination and handling.

That's a lot of coin, but with an electric motor at each axle, the 918 Spyder is projected to be able to launch to 60 mph in just 3.1 seconds. Top speed is said to be 199 mph, and Porsche believes that under the right conditions, the 918 will be able to drive on pure-electric power at speeds of up to 94 mph. Hit the jump for the full press release and check out the official renderings above.

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Now available for ordering, the 918 Spyder will feature cutting-edge plug-in hybrid technology and stunning performance, forever changing the future of the super sports car

ATLANTA – March 21, 2011 --- After outstanding customer response to the concept car first shown at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show, Porsche today announced that dealers around the world will begin taking 918 Spyder customer orders. This is a significant step toward actual production of the company's next super sports car, a Porsche that marries unique plug-in hybrid technology and outstanding performance in a visually stunning and purely Porsche package.

The 918 Spyder will feature a high revving 500-plus horsepower V8 engine assisted by two electric motors with a total of at least 218 horsepower, yet Porsche estimates it will consume only 3.0 L/100 km based on the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC). Official EPA fuel economy figures or estimates will be announced just before the first customer cars begin arriving in the United States near the end of 2013.
To ensure the 918 Spyder's worldwide exclusivity, Porsche will produce no more than 918 examples. Start of production at Porsche's famed factory in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen is planned for Sept. 18, 2013 (9/18), and the U.S. base manufacturer's suggested retail price is $845,000 (excluding destination and handling charges).

With its design inspired by past Porsches like the Carrera GT super sports car and the legendary 917 and highly successful RS Spyder race cars, the 918 Spyder remains faithful to the 2010 concept car. Unlike the concept car, the two-seat production version, based on a carbon fiber-reinforced plastic monocoque, will feature a manual roof system with removable panels that can be stored in the front luggage compartment.

Super high performance with very low fuel consumption and emissions

The 918 Spyder will be powered by a unique plug-in hybrid system that will include a high-revving, mid-mounted V8 engine with capacity of more than 4.0 liters and producing at least 500 horsepower. The engine will be based on the Porsche RS Spyder racing engine that demonstrated its impressive performance and efficiency through multiple Michelin Green X Challenge victories in the American Le Mans Series, the Le Mans Series and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Power will be transferred to the rear wheels via Porsche's compact, seven-speed Porsche-Doppelkupplung (PDK) double-clutch gearbox.

Two electric motors – one each on the front and rear axles – together will provide approximately 218 additional horsepower. This configuration also will offer an innovative, variable all-wheel drive system with independent control of the drive forces on both axles. Electrical energy will be stored in a liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery that can be recharged from a standard household outlet. Electric-only driving range is expected to be more than 16 miles on the NEDC. Recharge time will depend on each country's electrical power network, but charging is expected to take about seven hours at 110V/10A in the United States. A quick-charge option is being evaluated to further reduce charging times.

With anticipated combined fuel consumption of just 3.0 L/100 km on the NEDC, this equates to CO2 emissions of only 70 g/km or 112 g/mile. On the other hand, the Porsche 918 Spyder will deliver super sports car performance. It is estimated that the final production version will accelerate from zero to 60 mph in about 3.1 seconds on its way to an estimated top track speed of 199 mph. It should also tackle Germany's famed Nürburgring Nordschleife in less than 7 minutes and 30 seconds, two seconds faster than the Porsche Carrera GT. Under the right conditions, the 918 Spyder will be able to drive on electric power alone at speeds up to 94 mph for limited distances.

Customers who order the 918 Spyder also have the opportunity to acquire a special-edition 911 Turbo S Coupe or Cabriolet. Also limited to no more than 918 units, the 911 Turbo S Edition 918 Spyder will have exterior and interior design elements echoing the plug-in hybrid 918 Spyder supercar's styling. It features similar exterior colors, carbon-fiber elements inside and out, enhanced leather equipment and numerous acid-green accents on items such as the brake calipers, illuminated sill plates, interior stitching and instrument cluster needles. A limited-edition badge on the glove compartment door will feature the same production number as the customer's 918 Spyder.

Worldwide 918 Spyder customers can begin ordering this special edition 911 Turbo S sports car today, and customer deliveries will start later in 2011. The U.S. base manufacturer's suggested retail prices for the Coupe and Cabriolet versions are the same as the standard 911 Turbo S models, $160,700 and $172,100 respectively, excluding destination.

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      • 4 Years Ago
      this thing is a milestone. other hybrid supercars will follow!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I highly doubt it will get anywhere near those mileage figures. Other than that, I'd take one if I had the means.
      • 4 Years Ago
      looking good but ...Isnt a little expensive to be beaten all way aout by a GTR ? jajajajajaa
      • 4 Years Ago
      845,000 dollars, 700+hp and still not 200 mph??? Epic fail. On another note, so the only hybrid that can keep up with regular super cars costs 845,000??? I'll take a regular super car anyday over this crap. Don't get me wrong its a fun a beautiful cool car but for 845,000 dollars it should be a lot more.
        • 4 Years Ago
        venom got a nice point there
        • 4 Years Ago
        lots of tecnology i guess
        • 4 Years Ago
        its a drop top roadster it is alot harder to hit 200 with the top down. curently there is only one car that can do it: bently and it hits 202 so no 199mph is not "epic fail"
        • 4 Years Ago
        Phillip, you don't think that a 5,000 pound pig of a Bentley that costs $200,000 beating a super light, 700hp exotic car that costs almost a million dollars is not an epic fail?
        • 4 Years Ago
        assuaging guilt can be rather expensive, it seems
      • 4 Years Ago
      This clearly isn't a consumer car, it's a collector car. It would be really stupid though if this thing qualifies for any tax credits. I'd argue that any vehicle selling for more than 35~45 grand shouldn't qualify for tax creds.
      • 4 Years Ago
      lol no thanks.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I wouldn't say you're a moron for not wanting one. A 911 turbo or GTR is faster. It's not like people buy these cars for fuel economy. Don't get me wrong, it's VERY impressive that the car will be this fast and return that kind of fuel economy, but it's really a bragging right more than anything. It's not like you're going to save $600k+ in gas to pay what it costs over a 911 turbo.

        Cool car regardless I don't mean to sound like I'm hating on it, just saying the impressive fuel economy is a moot point since the price of admission is so high.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I agree with Nathan as well.

        My budget for this car was only $844,999...with them "officially" pricing the car at $845,000 they just priced themselves out of my garage. lol
        • 4 Years Ago
        What?! No thanks?! To a car that makes 500hp and probably gets more than 50mpg US?! You're mad!
        • 4 Years Ago

        It is 500hp for the gasoline engine and 218 for the electric motors = 718hp. To say no thanks to this car means you are a moron. No ifs ands or buts. Beautiful, powerful, fast, Porsche. Do I really need to go on?
        • 4 Years Ago
        u know what? i´d rather take this than a veyron.
        Probably for the same reason why i would pick an R8 over a 911.
        Because it is so damn sexy!!!.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Good lord that's a lot of money. How bout I give you around $100,000 and Porsche can keep that electric motor bs.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Visit your local Porsche dealer, they will gladly sell you something petrol and take your money.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Fap fap fap fap fap fap fap
      • 4 Years Ago
      Impressive engineering feat.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Porsche has created the world's most ridiculous car, continuing the trend they started with the Cayenne, the most ridiculous SUV money can buy.
      • 4 Years Ago
      People who are complaining about 0 - 60 times and top speed are totally missing the point of this car. It's an exercise in advancement in technology, it's not about going fast. 0 - 60 in 3.1 seconds is quick enough and 200 MPH is fast enough. But getting 78 MPH is freaking amazing! Especially in a 3.0 liter engine.

      Add to that that only 918 examples will be built and you have a super limited production car that has the performance of a Ferrari with better fuel economy than a Prius.

      Who else can claim that?

      PLUS the car looks freaking awesome! It's a win all the way around! Sure the price is high, but this car costs the same as a collector trying to get his hands on a 906.
      • 4 Years Ago
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