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Porsche 918 Spyder Hybrid drives - first real video

This past Thursday, the Porsche 918 Spyder Hybrid made its driving debut on a closed road in Monterey California, just days prior to its appearance at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.

After being shipped over from Germany by plane, engineers handed the keys of the new 918 Spyder Hybrid to Porsche AG Design Chief Michael Mauer. The car drove under its own power which comes from the mid mounted 3.4 liter V8 out of the RS Spyder as well as in all electric mode which powers just the front wheels.

The 918 Spyder prototype combines high-tech racing features and electro-mobility to offer a fascinating range of qualities: An emission level of just 70 grams CO2 per kilometre on fuel consumption of three litres/100 kilometres (equal to 94 mpg imp) truly outstanding even for an ultra-compact city car, on the one hand, combined with the performance of a super sports car and acceleration from a standstill to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just under 3.2 seconds, top speed of 320 km/h (198 mph) plus, and a lap time on the Nordschleife of Nürburgring in less than 7:30 minutes, faster than even the Porsche Carrera GT, on the other.

Source: tangentvector

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 stickshifter stickshifter
does anyone know how this car is supposed to reach 94 mpg?? sure, it s got an electro motor, but a prius got one too. and even this car with its tiny 4cyl engine and super ugly aerodynamics doesnt make 94 mpg...
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August 19, 2010 6:55 pm
 Edison Edison
Awesome car!!!!
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August 17, 2010 1:17 am
 ADCAR ADCAR
you just made your self look retarded
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August 16, 2010 7:29 pm
 mikemikemike mikemikemike
This whole hybrid notion in a porsche supercar is retarted.
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August 16, 2010 4:53 pm
 B_M_Gearhead B_M_Gearhead
I find this video very inspiring. What a beautiful car, but I also applaud Michael Mauer and his choice of words. He states this car was created in part due to the "Environmental discussion". He did not say that it was made to stop "Global warming". I have the feeling he has the common sense to know that whatever automobile he makes will not make a change in the global climate be it hybrid or not. He is simply doing his job to develop a better image to the vast majority who believe in all the climate change hype.
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August 16, 2010 2:09 pm
 MG MG
Great evolution of the Carrera GT. Great looks and a much more powerful engine. This is a great step forward for Porsche.
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August 16, 2010 7:37 am
 dbehmoaras dbehmoaras
So it does work. He says this is the future of Porsche, I think this is the future of supercars. For now, at least. If it's as good to drive as they say it is, which it probably will be (it's a Porsche after all), then Porsche is ahead all of the other brands by miles. They need to develop this technology to be cheap to produce and put it in all of their cars.
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August 16, 2010 6:43 am
 benzboy benzboy
stunning rolling sculpture. to be sure. but at the asking price not for me. rather have a nice piece of realestate thats paid for than this. but I would buy a poster of it though, thats the reality of this car.
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August 16, 2010 6:34 am
 Bristol411S3 Bristol411S3
I'm confused. Has this thing done a lap of the 'Ring? If so, surely THAT was its driving debut. If not, that why are we quoting what it can do?
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August 16, 2010 6:22 am
 schizo schizo
Stunning... The design is a throwback to the past...but the technology is what will be the future for the breed. We need to thank all the Cayenne owners for funding this project.
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August 16, 2010 5:27 am
 johnny232 johnny232
I can't wait to see this car get tested by Top Gear
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August 16, 2010 5:20 am
 MTC MTC
What a beautiful machine and to anyone says it looks lke any other supercar, this car looks like a Le Mans racer back in the 70's, which creates inspiration to many supercar designers
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August 16, 2010 4:54 am
 JoeKav JoeKav
I get it. 3.7 liter V8? thats tiny, but I bet its high revving. With porsches engineering thatll take care of the horsepower all the way. Then just add batteries to more then make up for the torque. Thats a killer combo in itself! They got a fresh design too. = Real Supercar
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August 16, 2010 4:15 am
 BavarianMS BavarianMS
This car is sickkkkkkk.....
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August 16, 2010 4:13 am
 Antichrist Antichrist
So beautiful, magnificent, staggering in exaggerated proportions, truly a glorious looking car, I was literally in tears when watching the video.
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August 15, 2010 11:10 pm
 ForceInduction ForceInduction
Is it me or the front headlights looks like Ferrari F430's headlights?
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August 15, 2010 10:20 pm
 mohaon mohaon
ewww, love it, but too expensive, but still love it all the way
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August 15, 2010 10:11 pm
 Hardboy997 Hardboy997
The 918 Spyder looks great, it really does. The design reminds the original 550 Spyder. But I think many of us would like to see it driving with the electric motors.
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August 15, 2010 9:43 pm
 6spdterror 6spdterror
Nice car but give me the "slower" Carrera Gt anyday
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August 15, 2010 9:41 pm
 Wickedated Wickedated
Car of the Futchoore
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August 15, 2010 9:29 pm
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