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Behold: The Porsche 918 Spyder Hybrid

This is Porsche's new 918 Spyder Hybrid (video after the jump). It's still a "concept study" but apparently working prototypes exist. Gas...

This is Porsche's new 918 Spyder Hybrid (video after the jump).[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h5tn2KerwycIt's still a "concept study" but apparently working prototypes exist. Gas 2.0 has some technical details:


The 918 Spyder has emissions of just 70 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer and gets roughly 78 mpg (holy crap!). At the same time it can accelerate to 62 miles per hour from a standstill in under 3.2 seconds and has a top speed of 198 mph. It's so fast that it recently recorded a lap around the world famous Nurburgring in less than 7 minutes and 30 seconds–faster than a Porsche Carrera GT.
As the gravelly-voiced guy says at the end of the video, the idea of a low-emissions, high-performance car isn't a contradiction, it's "Porsche intelligent performance." On that point, it's interesting to see how the marketing of environmental consciousness has changed over the years. In the 1990s it was for back-to-the-earth Luddites. Now having an electric car is about being powerful, high-tech, and smart.
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