For those who believe a hybrid can’t be powerful, stylish or frighteningly fast, Porsche would like a word with you. Volkswagen’s definitive luxury brand is showcasing its new 918 Spyder hybrid that easily breaks the 200 mph mark on the track and leaves other Porsche models in the dust, all while carrying a lithium battery that makes short trips come off gas-free.
The million-dollar price tag doesn’t seem to be discouraging anyone from pursuing this car. Porsche reps (9 in all) recently showed off the show-stopping Spyder to 18 writers (a 9:18 ratio) in Leipzig, who got to drive the world’s most anticipated hybrid. It plans to start producing on September 18 (9/18) of this year, yet Motor Trend is already wondering whether the car is the greatest Porsche ever made.
How can the 918 Spyder qualify for such a distinction? Among its highlights, the so-called supercar goes 0 to 60 in 2.8 seconds; tops the 211 mph mark on the track; and beats the Porsche Carrera in races by a margin of 20 seconds. While these specs could contribute to the high esteem for the 918, the fact the car can travel up to 18 miles without gasoline makes it a home run. In fact, Porsche is considering the car to be the model for all future Porsches.