Porsche 918: Hybrid with balls

To the car enthusiast, what makes a car attractive?  Perfect in the minds of men?

A car with some balls.  Might sound a little homoerotic, but that is exactly what this hot piece of car is showing the world.

If you haven’t heard, power for the Porsche 918 Spyder Concept comes from a 3.4L mid-mounted V8 making 500-hp.  The engine is mated to two electric-motors sitting on the front and rear axle with an additional output of 218-hp.  Power is driven to the wheels by Porsche’s 7-speed Doppelkupplungsgetriebe PDK transmission, allowing the 918 Spyder Concept to go from 0-62 mph in 3.2 seconds with a top speed of 198 mph.  Drivers are allowed to choose from four different driving modes including E-Drive, Hybrid, Sport Hybrid and Race Hybrid.  The E-Drive mode lets the 918 Spyder concept run on pure electricity with a range of 16 miles.  I would love to see another hybrid boast that kind of chutzpah.

After all the waiting, rumors and reports, Porsche announced that it has officially given the green light to the series development of the Porsche 918 Spyder on July 28th.

“Reflecting the overwhelming response from the public and customers to the Concept Study, the Supervisory Board gave Porsche’s board of Management the mission to develop a production model based on the car already presented,” Porsche said in a statement.

“Production of the 918 Spyder in a limited series proves that we are taking the right approach with Porsche Intelligent Performance featuring the combination of supreme performance and efficient drivetrain concepts,” said Michael Macht, President and Chairman of the Board of Management of Porsche AG. “We will develop the 918 Spyder in Weissach and assemble it in Zuffenhausen. This is also a very important commitment to Germany as a manufacturing base.”

If you haven’t noticed by know, not only does this car have an innovative propulsion system, it has distinct style and aggressive, chiseled features.  Surpassing the Carrera GT in almost all aspects.

The car has been rumored to lap Germany’s famous Nurburgring in 7:20, thats a full 5 seconds faster than the Corvette ZR1.

Prices of the production model are expected to start around 500,000 euros ($630,000 USD).

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