Porsche: production green light for 918 Spyder, Boxster EV

July 26, 2010 § 1 Comment

Porsche is giving the production go-ahead to the 918 Spyder plug-in hybrid, reports Bloomberg. The Spyder, an open two-seater, was shown in concept form at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year. It has a 500bhp petrol V8 – driving the rear wheels – plus three electric motors to deliver nearly 220bhp to the front wheels; it’ll do 0-62mph in 3.2 seconds and has achieved a top speed of 198mph, yet will return 78mpg (combined) and do 25km in its all-electric mode. Over 2000 potential buyers have expressed an interest, says Porsche, even given the estimated E500,000 price tag.

Porsche has also confirmed that it is working on an all-electric sports car: three Boxster EV prototypes are being built, reports Autocar, with field tests to start next year.

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