Porsche kicks off 918 Spyder hybrid production

Posted by STARR KESHET

Porsche is kicking off production of its sexy, 918 Spyder hybrid sports car which can hit 100kph in just 3.2 second.

The automotive company will develop the 918 Spyder at a research facility near Stuttgart, Germany in the Zuffenhausen plant.

The car - which likely to be priced at 500,000 euros ($650,000) - has already garnered at least 2,000 non-binding submissions of interest.

"The introduction of hybrids is now happening at all carmakers, with all models and Porsche has above average carbon dioxide emissions," Commerzbank AG analyst Daniel Schwarz told Bloomberg. 



"It would also make sense to do it with the Cayenne as you would get the best results as far as carbon dioxide emissions are concerned."

The two-seater Spyder is capable of accelerating to a top speed of 320 kilometers (199 miles) per hour.

It is powered by a 500-horsepower V8 engine and electric drive-systems that enable the vehicle to run up to 25 kilometers on electric power.

The hybrid sports vehicle could be available (in limited quantities) as early as 2013.