Porsche 918 Spyder Hybrid Concept: Oh Man…
Remember my whole rant the other day about hybrids and how the price premium just isn’t worth it?
Turns out hybrids do have a place… just not in your average everyday family hauler. I stand by my position that a $27,000 hybrid doesn’t make sense when compared against a $19,000 four-cylinder alternative.
To sum up my initial reaction to it: “Oh…man….”
Before getting into the details, keep in mind that Porsche has never produced a concept vehicle that it didn’t eventually build. That makes this concept all the more exciting!
Porsche says the 918 Spyder concept is capable of lapping the Nordschleife of Nürburgring in less than seven and a half minutes, faster than even the Porsche Carrera GT. The concept is capable of hitting 62 mph in under 3.2 seconds, topping out at 198 mph.
While the $440,000 GT might fetch 13 miles per gallon, the 918 Spyder should see numbers somewhere around 78 mpg. Seriously. The car is powered by a 500-horsepower V8 with electric motors on the front and rear axles, making the equivalent of 218 more horsepower. Total power output: 718 horsepower.
Plus, just look at the thing. This is the first Porsche concept that I would classify as gorgeous in every way. Part classic Porsche, part Mercedes-Benz Stirling Moss SLR McLaren.
Whatever the price premium on this innovative use of hybrid technology, it’s worth it. Taking a supercar to near triple digits in gas mileage is spectacular, and much more impressive than using hybrid technology to gain 10 miles per gallon in a Fusion.
In cars used as everyday drivers, diesel makes more sense to save fuel. In supercars, hybrid technology has a real potential to increase power, torque, and fuel efficiency. Do you agree?