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Porsche Spyder 918: The new king of the hybrid car heap?

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(Read caption) Porsche Spyder 918 – say hello to the most expensive hybrid car in the world. (Stop drooling.)

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Porsche has begun taking orders for the Spyder 918 – a hybrid sports car equipped with a 500-horsepower V8 engine and enough curves to make a Prius owner green with envy. (Excuse the pun.) Company reps say the Porsche Spyder 918 goes from 0 to 62 mph in 3.2 seconds; all that power comes from the V8, and also a 218-horsepower electric drive system, which can be fully recharged in three hours.

Photos above. Video below. Other details: Top speed of around 200 miles an hour; first production cycle expected to begin in 2013. So far, so good. But before you start drooling, consider this: The Porsche Spyder 918 hybrid will sell in North America for $845,000 – the highest price tag ever placed on a Porsche car, according to Bloomberg. (Perhaps for that reason, the Spyder 918 will be limited to an initial run of 918 units.)

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