When the bespoke nature of coach making gave way to production line, so did the focus of car manufacturers where, then as now, the bottom line trump over everything, including the soul of a car auto enthusiasts’ inputs. However, over the course of the last decade, that trend is reversing. Auto makers have gone back to the consuming public for advices and with outstanding results like the Chevrolet Volt, the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG, and now, the Porsche 918 Spyder.
After overwhelming responses during its debut at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show and Auto China in Beijing, the Supervisory Board of Porsche AG gave the “go ahead” yesterday to the mid-engined hybrid plug-in super car. Originally, just a case study on a perfect balance of traditional combustion engine and electric powered, the 918 Spyder’s 500-hp V8 engine works in tandem with 3 electric motors at a total output of 160 kW. This translates to a fuel consumption of 94 miles per gallon (mpg) and a CO2 emission of 70 grams per kilometer, or in layman’s term, an exotic car with CO2 footprint of a compact plug-in hybrid.
Development will start in in Weissach, Germany with production facility at Zuffenhausen, Germany. Details to come later this year on launch dates, product information, units availability and price range.