Porsche says that the 918 Spyder hybrid supercar will have a great impact on the automaker’s following products.
“The 918 Spyder will act as the gene pool for the Porsche sports cars of the future, ” the company said in a statement today.
The 918 Spyder’s plug-in hybrid drivetrain includes two electric motors which are combined with a V-8 gasoline engine, offering a combined 887hp. Production of the supercar will begin this September, the same month when the Panamera hybrid sedan will go on sale. Recently the automaker said that it has developed a new hybrid module which will fit in all its future models.
“The entire car was designed around the hybrid drive. The 918 Spyder therefore demonstrates the potential of the hybrid drive to a degree never seen before,” Porsche said in the statement.
The price for the 918 Spyder begins at 768,026 euro ($988,196) and the pre-order list has been opened since 2011, but the company only said the model had “a healthy number of orders”. The 918’s battery alone range is 30 kilometers (18 miles) and the economy is 3.1liters/100km.
Porsche plans to sell 200,000 vehicles globally by 2018, after it sold 141,075 units in 2012, an increase of 19% from 2011.