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Porsche Showcases Gorgeous 78 MPG 918 Spyder Plug-in Hybrid Concept [720 hp, 3.2s 0-60]
DailyTech ^ | March 1, 2010 | Brandon Hill

Posted on 03/01/2010 2:20:07 PM PST by wolf78

Porsche unveiled its new 918 Spyder concept that not only brings sleek styling to the table, but also a wealth of high-tech powertrain goodness. Looking somewhat like a gorgeous mashup up of a Ferrari F430, Porsche Carrera GT, Porsche Boxster, and Porsche 911 GT1, the 918 Spyder concept features a mid-engine layout, seating for two people, and all-wheel drive.

The roadster also features dual side-exiting exhaust pipes on either side of the vehicle along with a nod to the past with an intriguing "disk" wheel design.

Being that this is a Porsche first and foremost, this vehicle is all about performance. Gone is the flat-6 that powers the mid-engined Boxster and Cayenne (along with the rear-engined 911) and in its place is a high-revving (9,200 rpm) V8 engine producing 500 hp. As if that wasn't enough, there are also two electric motors installed in the vehicle (one for the front axle, one for the rear axle). The electric motors add another 218 hp to the mix.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Foreign Affairs; Germany; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: automakers; energy; hybrid; porsche









1 posted on 03/01/2010 2:20:07 PM PST by wolf78
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To: wolf78

The electric hybrid system can be a great power-adder. The Honda Insight’s IMA system is like a little turbo.


2 posted on 03/01/2010 2:22:27 PM PST by Celerity
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To: wolf78

Awesome! I get a ________ just looking at it.

I’m looking at getting the Mrs a Panamara, waiting till I can find one used.


3 posted on 03/01/2010 2:24:06 PM PST by Clint N. Suhks (BZZZZZ..."There's not a dime's worth of difference between Democrats and Republicans".)
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To: wolf78

!!!!!SOLD!!!!!! ;)


4 posted on 03/01/2010 2:25:11 PM PST by BossLady (POLITICS - Showbiz for Ugly People)
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To: wolf78

No, that’s not right. It’s an immutable law of nature that hybrids must be ugly/goofy-looking.


5 posted on 03/01/2010 2:26:46 PM PST by r9etb
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To: Clint N. Suhks

Arent’ we entitled to one from the government, along with a garage and an attached house to go with it?


6 posted on 03/01/2010 2:27:18 PM PST by JohnLongIsland ( schmuckie schucks)
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To: wolf78

I want an electric Porsche like I want another ex wife.


7 posted on 03/01/2010 2:27:33 PM PST by stephenjohnbanker (Support our troops, and vote out the RINOS)
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To: wolf78

Beautiful but totally inpractical car for 99.5% of the public. You have to have more money than God to afford this type of vehicle. Porsches are great if you make $500K a year or perhaps even more.


8 posted on 03/01/2010 2:29:18 PM PST by truthguy (Good intentions are not enough!)
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To: JohnLongIsland

It’s “green”, I wonder if there’s a tax write-off that comes with it.


9 posted on 03/01/2010 2:32:06 PM PST by Clint N. Suhks (BZZZZZ..."There's not a dime's worth of difference between Democrats and Republicans".)
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To: stephenjohnbanker

LOL!


10 posted on 03/01/2010 2:35:27 PM PST by maggief
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To: wolf78
Now when going green comes in silver I like it.
11 posted on 03/01/2010 2:38:50 PM PST by GonzoGOP (There are millions of paranoid people in the world and they are all out to get me.)
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To: wolf78

I don’t believe the mpg...

It can go 16 miles on electric charge... After that you’re burning gas. For a long trip the mpg will be the normal 10-15mpg for a car like this.


12 posted on 03/01/2010 2:40:37 PM PST by aquila48
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To: wolf78

“Gone is the flat-6 that powers the mid-engined Boxster and Cayenne (along with the rear-engined 911)”

You should be jailed for referring to a 911 as though it were an “also ran”, you f’idiot.

356’s and 911’s ARE Porsche.


13 posted on 03/01/2010 2:44:15 PM PST by papasmurf (sudo apt-get install U-S-Constitution)
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To: wolf78

Not Guilty!

14 posted on 03/01/2010 2:46:43 PM PST by fhayek
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To: Clint N. Suhks

Only if you make under 30Gs a year


15 posted on 03/01/2010 2:47:56 PM PST by JohnLongIsland ( schmuckie schucks)
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To: stephenjohnbanker
I want an electric Porsche like I want another ex wife.

I actually tend to agree. Although this thing will be faster around the Nuerburgring than a Carrera GT, I'd prefer the GT because it's purer (manual gearbox, just the essentials). I actually don't like the new Ferraris either, to many electronic gizmos. Yeah, they're faster, but to quote Jeremy Clarkson: They're lacking the X factor.
16 posted on 03/01/2010 2:50:57 PM PST by wolf78 (Inflation is a form of taxation, too. Cranky Libertarian - equal opportunity offender.)
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To: wolf78


THIS is a Porsche Spyder. Mid-engine, air-cooled. All others are mere vapor.
17 posted on 03/01/2010 2:51:18 PM PST by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem.)
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To: aquila48
I don’t believe the mpg...

Calculating the MPG of a plug-in anything is like calculating the number of "jobs saved"

18 posted on 03/01/2010 2:54:49 PM PST by mwilli20 (BO. Making communists proud all over the world.)
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To: wolf78

Cool.

Now we just need a better economy so someone can afford to buy the car. :)


19 posted on 03/01/2010 2:55:14 PM PST by Tzimisce (No thanks. We have enough government already. - The Tick)
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To: stephenjohnbanker

Amen!!!


20 posted on 03/01/2010 2:59:12 PM PST by elephantlips
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To: stephenjohnbanker

” want an electric Porsche like I want another ex wife”

Sir, you have hit the nail on the head.(me shuddering)


21 posted on 03/01/2010 3:11:13 PM PST by Cyman
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To: Clint N. Suhks

Look at Maserati Quattroporte’s ,, you can get a good low mileage trade in for $30K==>$35K ... you get that beautiful Italian 8cyl music and launch control...


22 posted on 03/01/2010 3:11:50 PM PST by Neidermeyer
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To: wolf78

Something doesn’t add up here.

718 hp, <3300 pounds, all wheel drive, and it takes 3.2 seconds to hit 60?

The 911 turbo weighs 3500, has 500 hp, and claims 3.1 seconds.

The GT2 weighs 3200, is RWD, has 520 hp, and claims 3.2 seconds.

The weight on this 918 must be wrong, because batteries are incredibly heavy, and there are the motors as well. I would guess it’s more like 3800, and the hybrid gear just makes up for its own weight.

In that case, I’d say dump it, and make for a significantly lighter car with the 9200 rpm 500 hp V8. That would make for a very interesting alternative to the twin turbo flat 6.


23 posted on 03/01/2010 3:28:53 PM PST by BobbyT
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To: papasmurf

“You should be jailed for referring to a 911 as though it were an “also ran”, you f’idiot.”

He probably pronounces the name as “porsh” as well.


24 posted on 03/01/2010 3:44:10 PM PST by Syntyr (Mace, Kirk, Thomson, Griffin, Scusa, Martin, Gallegos, Hart - Remember the fallen of Kamdesh)
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To: Jewbacca
I agree and like your sentiment however... The Porsche 917/30 Performance figures Power 1100 bhp / 821 KW @ 7800 rpm Torque 1112 Nm / 820 ft lbs @ 6400 rpm BHP/Liter 205 bhp / liter Power to weight 1.3 bhp / kg Top Speed 386 km/h / 240 mph 0-60 mph 2.1 s 0-100 mph 3.9 s
25 posted on 03/01/2010 3:52:14 PM PST by Syntyr (Mace, Kirk, Thomson, Griffin, Scusa, Martin, Gallegos, Hart - Remember the fallen of Kamdesh)
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To: Neidermeyer

“Look at Maserati Quattroporte”

They actually did a study, and the engine noise of a Mas4 makes women horny.

I kid not:

http://forums.mwerks.com/zerothread?id=4758945&postid=63800788


26 posted on 03/01/2010 4:12:29 PM PST by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem.)
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To: papasmurf

Correct.

Last, best, Porsche 911: the 993 model.


27 posted on 03/01/2010 4:13:49 PM PST by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem.)
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To: Syntyr

Nice car, but it’s not a “Spyder.”

550, 550A, 550RS are “Spyders.”

The current Boxster “Spyder” is an abomination.


28 posted on 03/01/2010 4:14:54 PM PST by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem.)
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To: Syntyr

Was at the race where it first appeared in 1973. Saw one at the Porsche museum in Stuttgart. A racecar for the ages. RIP Mark Donohue


29 posted on 03/01/2010 4:19:29 PM PST by xp38
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To: Celerity

Throw away the batteries and put in a big gas tank and they might have a car!


30 posted on 03/01/2010 4:20:44 PM PST by dalereed
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To: Jewbacca
"Last, best, Porsche 911: the 993 model." I'll even go you one earlier... 1994 911 3.6 Turbo. It has always been my dream car. It's actually getting near an affordable (for me anyway) price.
31 posted on 03/01/2010 4:22:15 PM PST by Syntyr (Mace, Kirk, Thomson, Griffin, Scusa, Martin, Gallegos, Hart - Remember the fallen of Kamdesh)
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To: wolf78

Wow!!! Need to wipe out the Black Card for that, for sure.


32 posted on 03/01/2010 4:25:18 PM PST by Captain Beyond (The Hammer of the gods! (Just a cool line from a Led Zep song))
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To: xp38

Oh I would have LOVED to have actually seen one race. That must have been awesome. I have seen one but didn’t even get to hear it running. It was at a concourse show and the owner would not start it.


33 posted on 03/01/2010 4:27:34 PM PST by Syntyr (Mace, Kirk, Thomson, Griffin, Scusa, Martin, Gallegos, Hart - Remember the fallen of Kamdesh)
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BUMP


34 posted on 03/01/2010 4:31:44 PM PST by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: Jewbacca

Now I have to get one ... just don’t tell the wife WHY I need one..


35 posted on 03/01/2010 4:38:38 PM PST by Neidermeyer
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To: papasmurf

How about a shout out for the 914? ;)


36 posted on 03/01/2010 4:41:30 PM PST by Tijeras_Slim (Live jubtabulously!)
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To: Syntyr

Seeing the old glory days Can Am Cars on the pace lap in formation was a breathtaking sight. They were very beautiful race cars.


37 posted on 03/01/2010 4:48:26 PM PST by xp38
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To: Cyman

LOL!!


38 posted on 03/01/2010 4:49:54 PM PST by stephenjohnbanker (Support our troops, and vote out the RINOS)
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To: Syntyr

Man those things were scary fast.


39 posted on 03/01/2010 4:51:38 PM PST by valkyry1
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To: papasmurf
You should be jailed for referring to a 911 as though it were an “also ran”, you f’idiot.

356’s and 911’s ARE Porsche.

I'm glad someone else thought the writer was a Philistine for that "afterthought".

Also, though I've never driven a Cayenne, I'm pretty sure it doesn't get its "giddy-up" from a flat six.

40 posted on 03/01/2010 5:00:00 PM PST by Charles Martel ("Endeavor to persevere...")
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To: valkyry1

Yep. 246 mph top speed. Crazy fast.

Cool Youtube video of the 917 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=resu77vBKm0


41 posted on 03/01/2010 8:00:22 PM PST by Syntyr (Mace, Kirk, Thomson, Griffin, Scusa, Martin, Gallegos, Hart - Remember the fallen of Kamdesh)
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To: Tijeras_Slim

914-6 maybe (or with the added M471 kit=916) serial numbers 914 233 0011, 914 233 0020 and proto 914 143 0195 absolutely, but NOT the 914.

914’s were, everywhere other than USA, VW’s.

I should have included the remarkable and magnificent 912. My bad.


42 posted on 03/02/2010 12:53:04 AM PST by papasmurf (sudo apt-get install U-S-Constitution)
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To: Jewbacca

My heart skipped a beat when I scrolled on that pic. Thanks.


43 posted on 03/02/2010 12:57:25 AM PST by papasmurf (sudo apt-get install U-S-Constitution)
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To: Tijeras_Slim

The 914-6 was a neat car.


44 posted on 03/02/2010 7:19:59 AM PST by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem.)
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To: papasmurf; Jewbacca

I won’t argue it was mostly a VW, but you could sure get those suckers to stick to the road with a bit of work.

Of course when they let go, you might as well stick your arms up through the roof and scream like you’re on a roller coaster ‘cause there was no getting it back.


45 posted on 03/02/2010 9:06:54 AM PST by Tijeras_Slim (Live jubtabulously!)
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To: Tijeras_Slim; papasmurf

A friend has a fuel-injected 914 Type IV engine from Jake Raby (?)(putting out 200hp) in a late 1950s 356 that he decked out to look like a “Carrera” model with loovered (sp?) deck lid, wide five wheels, remote (front, under the front bumper) oil cooler, etc.

The thing is insane. It can smoke the back tires in 3rd gear going 70mph.


46 posted on 03/02/2010 9:47:21 AM PST by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem.)
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