Porsche 918 Spyder

World’s most expensive hybrid

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The Porsche 918 Spyder hybrid supercar has become the world’s most expensive hybrid after its German maker announced it is taking orders for the plug-in hybrid at a whopping $845,000 a pop in the US – excluding destination and handling charges.

The supercar, which was first unveiled at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show, can go from 0-60mph (97kph) in 3.2 seconds, with a top speed of 199mph (320kph).

The hybrid is powered by a 500-horsepower V-8 engine with two electric motors — one at each end — providing another 218hp.

It can run on gas, electric power, or a combination, with the electric-only mode lasting for about 16 miles (26 kilometres) and capable of reaching a speed of 94mph (151kph). At normal driving speeds, the plug-in gets 78mpg (33kpl).

According to Porsche, like the concept version, the production version will also be made from a carbon fibre-reinforced plastic monocoque. Although the production car will also have a manual roof system with removable panels that can be stored in the front luggage compartment.

“It’s certainly a rare car for someone who has the means, but it’s also for people who are very tuned in to technical advances and leading engineering,” said Porsche spokesman Gary Fong.

Deliveries of the Porsche 918 Spyder are expected to commence in November 2013, with the production run limited to a fitting 918.

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