In brief: The Porsche 918 Spyder plug-in hybrid electric vehicle made a huge splash at Geneva and is now offered in limited numbers for pre-purchase and production.
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Make/Model: 918 Spyder PHEV
When the 918 Spyder plug-in hybrid hit the Geneva Motor Show last year, it was an instant show-stopper and became the talk of the press, dominating show news.
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Now Porsche has announced that they will be producing 918 of the 500hp Spyder PHEVs and will begin production on 9/18, 2013. They are taking pre-orders through any Porsche dealer now with delivery beginning in November 2013.
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The 918 Spyder PHEV will sell for €645,000 ($915,000USD with VAT) in Europe and $845,000US in North America (not including destination charges).
The production vehicle will almost mirror the concept car shown in 2010, but will use a carbon fibre-reinforced plastic monocoque and a manual convertible roof system and panels. The same high-rev V8 which displaces over 4.0L, based on the RS Spyder racing engine, will be used. A 7-gear compact Porsche-Doopelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK) is the transmission along with two synchronized electric motors - one on each front wheel.
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Liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery packs are placed strategically around the car to even weight and charge in about 3 hours (German) or 7 hours (US), depending on standard outlet capacity.
For your slightly less than a million smackers, you get 0-62mph acceleration times of 3.2 seconds (or less), a 199mph top speed, and even the capability of going 94mph on electric power alone.
And so ...
In their generosity, Porsche is allowing pre-purchase buyers to get a bargain on the 2011 911 Turbo S Edition 918 Spyder to hold them over until the 2013 release date for the PHEV.
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