Porsche has released the official scoop on the 918 Spyder, their ambitious hybrid supercar that we’ve been hearing about since 2011.

The $845,000 vehicle incorporates the latest tech from Porsche’s upcoming entries in the 24 hours of Le Mans next year, the factory’s much-anticipated return to the famed race, and owes much to the marque’s motorsports division.

The main source of propulsion for the car is a 4.6-liter, eight-cylinder engine that produces 608 hp.


The V8 engine is coupled to a 115 kW electric motor and another independent electric motor on the front axle with an output of approximately 95 kW.

The cooperation of the three power units is controlled by an intelligent management system, and the energy for the electric motors is stored by a liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery with a plug-in charging system.

Add to that carbon-fiber-reinforced polymer construction, an all-wheel drive system and five driving modes from eco cruising to setting speed records, and we’re talking about a real energy-efficient beast that can do 0 to 60 in under 2.8 seconds. 


For those of you keeping score at home, that’s about $300,000 per second…