Think hybrids are only for bookish, latte-sipping, liberal librarians from the People’s Republic of San Francisco? That may have been true before the 2010 Geneva Motor Show, but Porsche has redefined the word “hybrid” with the announcement of their visionary Porsche 918 Spyder. In our humble opinion, the only way this green machine could get more supreme is if they slathered some Stuttgart sour cream over the hood.
Now, I know there are purists out there who bristle at the idea of a hybrid Porsche—they’re the same people who poo-pooed the 4-door Panamera as sullying the company’s heritage. But, take one look at the specs of the Porsche 918 Spyder, and you’ll realize this track-ready racer is pure Porsche:
- 3.4L V8 engine delivering over 500 hp
- Twin electric motors at each axle pumping out 218 hp
- 7-speed tranny with Porsche Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK) clutch technology
- All-wheel drive with Torque Vectoring
- Weighs less than 3285 lbs
- 0 – 100 in under 3.2 seconds
- Top speeds upwards of 198 mph
- Expected lap time at the Nordschleife of Nürburgring: 7:30 (faster than the Carrera GT)
While the numbers are impressive, they can’t capture the ecstasy of the 918 Spyder’s body design. The sleek slopes and aggressive lines harkens back to the legendary Porsche 917, Porsche’s first winning entry at the 1970 and 1971 24 Hours of Le Mans.