Porsche 918 Spyder in a plug-in hybrid version is going into production, promising low emissions and 198 m.p.h.
Electric cars can be cool!
If the $100,000 all-electric and very sporty Tesla didn't get that message across, then maybe a plug-in hybrid Porsche will do the trick.
On Wednesday, Porsche announced it would go ahead with development of a plug-in Porsche 918 Spyder to be built in Germany. The car will be based on the 500-horsepower V8 concept car Porsche showed off at the Geneva Motor Show this spring.
Using its combustion engine and electric motor in racing mode, that two-seater, midengine Spyder had a top speed of 198 miles per hour and could go 0 to 60 in under 3.2 seconds. In economy driving mode, it was capable of 113 miles to the gallon.
The company said it decided to move forward with development because of the "overwhelming response" to its concept car.
The new plug-in Spyder will be built in a limited edition, reflecting the expectation that, while it's a very flashy car, it will be too expensive for the masses.
Although Porsche will announce pricing later, the electric Spyder is expected to cost far more than the Tesla.