| 22nd March 2011
Porsche is taking orders for the new plug-in hybrid 918 Spyder.
With a start price of £5000,000 it’s hard to imagine a stampede at local Porsche dealerships but the model looks set to sell out with just 918 models being made available worldwide.
UK buyers will receive their hybrid Porsche in November 2013 more than three years after its debut at the Geneva Motor Show which triggered more than 2,000 enquiries about the model.
Its popularity pushed the Porsche 918 plug-in hybrid closer to a production reality but the impact of new EU policy regarding average CO2 emissions across a manufacturer’s range have also encouraged Porsche.
The new model will combine a 500bhp V8 petrol engine with two electric motors delivering 218bhp. The hybrid arrangement allows the Porsche 918 Spyder to clear 0-62mph in 3.2 seconds with CO2 emissions of just 70g/km – 50 g/km below the EU target for 2015.
In the meantime Porsche is encouraging 918 Spyder customers to buy a 911 Turbo S Edition 918 Spyder while they wait for their plug-in hybrid.
The stop-gap model is a 911 Turbo S that has been inspired by the new 918 Spyder, says Porsche which translates to superficial 918 livery throughout the car’s interior.
The Porsche 918 Spyder will cost more than £500,000 while the stop gap 911 Turbo S Edition 918 Spyder will start from £125,865.
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