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Porsche to make hybrid supercar

Porsche has confirmed that it will sell a limited number of 918 Spyders.

Having recently announced its plans for an electric sports car, Porsche has confirmed that it will also develop the 918 Spyder for limited production.  The decision was taken because of 'overwhelming response from the public and customers' to the show car.

The mid-engined, plug-in hybrid made its debut this year (March 2010) at the Geneva Motor Show.  Key specifications for the concept car include 500hp from a 3.5-litre V8, a claimed 0-100km/h in 3.5 seconds, official fuel consumption of 94.1mpg and 70g/km CO2 emissions.

Engineering will take place at Weissach with assembly at Porsche's Zuffenhausen factory.  Porsche's chairman stressed the company's commitment to Germany as a manufacturing base.

More details of the 918 Spyder will be revealed over the coming months.

Published on July 29, 2010
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