Porsche held an ace up their sleeve, unveiling the 918 Spyder Hybrid Concept days before the opening of the Geneva Motor Show. The 918 is a mid engined V8 plug in hybrid, which produces over 500 horsepower. Per Porsche’s press release, the V8 works in conjunction with front and rear electric motors, which produce another 218 horsepower. A PDK 7 speed transmission delivers power to the rear wheels, while the electric motors power the front wheels directly via a fixed ratio. Lithium ion batteries provide current to the electric motors, and the car takes advantage of the Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS), converting recovered braking energy into electricity.
I stopped believing the press release when Porsche claimed that the 918 would hit 60 miles per hour in 3.2 seconds yet yield a average fuel economy of 78 mpg. Since we’re fantasizing here, can you give it a range of 500 miles and sell it to US customers at an MSRP below $20k?
Even if all the content is BS cooked up by Porsche’s marketing department, the body style is stunning. I see some Carrera GT in there, but I also see an homage to the Porsche 904, one of their most beautiful designs. I don’t care what you put in it, but build this car and make it affordable. Trust me, the buyers will come.