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"This is most definitely not a Prius." So says ex-Autoblog staffer Damon Lavrinc in a story written for Wired. The non-Prius-esque vehicle to which he's referring? The Porsche 918.

We know all about the concept and how it stole the show at the at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show. We know that interest in the plug-in hybrid supercar was so strong that Porsche pulled out all the stops to get the vehicle into its production plans as soon as possible. We know it will cost $845,000 and be able to hit 60 miles per hour in a scant 3.1 seconds. What we hadn't known until now, though, is how far along into its development Porsche's team of engineers had gotten.

It seems there are currently three 918 development mules in existence, and Lavrinc got to ride shotgun at the Nardo Test Track in one of them. Though it was limited to half its available power – full power being a generous 770 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque with an overboost offering up to 700 lb-ft for short periods – it was still an exciting ride, and it's telling that Porsche was confident enough in its Franken-mule to allow anyone to go on record this far ahead of September 18, 2013, the car's official launch date.

We suggest you head on over to Wired to peruse the full article, and feel free to mosey on back to let us know what you think of the 918's potential.


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      Evan Hayden
      • 2 Years Ago
      I kind of like how that test mule looks. Very Mad Max...
      Christopher
      • 2 Years Ago
      Am I the only one turned on by this development? Maybe because this is Porsche.
      Jimmy Le
      • 2 Years Ago
      Great Scott! Does this car time travel?!...
      k_m94
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'll take 3. One sexy roadgoing one (see the concept), one RSR in Gulf colours, and this madly awesome looking mule. Let me just airmail a few million dollars from my Swiss bank accounts on the backs my flying pigs.
      larshafner
      • 2 Years Ago
      mad max is back, hell yea!
      Reece Lightning
      • 2 Years Ago
      the one car the pursuit special couldn't catch, in the badlands of australia
      Ray
      • 2 Years Ago
      See what happens when you let Jay and Kanye borrow your new Porsche!!??
      • 2 Years Ago
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        rosco110
        • 2 Years Ago
        Dang O, Really? I guess I should hold off on the waiting list because I beat a 2012 Mustang GT500 (550hp) a month ago at an autocross in my 115hp miata.
        brenden
        • 2 Years Ago
        troll harder
        Chuggowitz
        • 2 Years Ago
        dang son yo stang sound sick.
      rmkensington
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why bother, its just going to sit in peoples garages undriven.
        TexRob
        • 2 Years Ago
        @rmkensington
        You people are so dumb. Porsches are nice enough looking, but they are far from original or flashy. They are for the most part, for people who put driving enjoyment over that stuff. When I think garage queen, I think Lambo, Ferrari, Bentley, etc, not Porsche or BMW like people seem to act. They are the two most dogged on cars, and are two of the car companies making performance cars for driving enthusiasts, not show ponies.
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        k_m94
        • 2 Years Ago
        You should stop posting grumpy comments on the internet while smelling your own farts. It's rotting your brain.
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          k_m94
          • 2 Years Ago
          Hey, the Aventador can get 78mpg! Oh wait, was that 7 to 8 mpg?
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      willyk52
      • 2 Years Ago
      Very cool just as it is -but i can't help but imagining a porsche engineer, pyschotropic drugs and a late night ride in a rat rod.
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