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918

The Porsche 918 Spyder first debuted at the 80th Geneva Motor Show in 2010. It has amazed ever since for its ability to be a top-tier hybrid super car that few, if any, can compete with. The hybrid “hypercar” is replacing the supercars of old in that it is one of the first plug-in top-tier racers. Although top speeds require use of the gas powered V-8, the 918 Spyder is faster than most street cars using only it’s twin electric engines. The Spyder is now out of its 3-4 year test phase and is now for sale in the Porsche inventory of some local dealers.

The Porsche 918 Spyder’s gas engine is a hyper-powerful 4.6 liter, 608 horsepower V-8 outfitted for hybrid technology. The wires that connect the V-8 to it’s two electric motors make it look like something designed by the people who made Robocop. With the added power of the electric engines, the 918 Spyder set for production will reportedly max out at 887 horsepower with 940 lb-ft of torque. The car is reported to have a top speed of 211mph. The exhaust is made with an advanced nickel alloy called Inconel that is lighter and stronger than the best titanium racing exhausts. Also, the 918 will have a top-of-the-line seven-speed PDK transmission. According to Porsche, The Weissach model 918 Spyder can go from 0 to 62 mph in 2.6 seconds. The 918 is a true hybrid and can run completely on electricity. When running on its electric engines, it can go from 0 to 62 mph in 6.1 seconds while using no gas and producing no emissions.

The only stat that needs to be talked about to get the point across of how great the 918 is, involves the world record it set at the hallowed Nurburgring racetrack in Germany. The 918 Spyder is the only car to have ever run a full lap in under seven minutes at the famous German track. This feat was done with the help of hybrid technology. That lap was the first of many for the new generation of hypercars powered by hybrid technology. For more information about the 918 or other models visit your Porsche of Tucson dealer.

Porsche Cayenne eHybrid

In mid-2014, Porsche will begin selling a plug-in hybrid version of the Cayenne. The plug-in Cayenne e-Hybrid will feature a drivetrain similar in concept to today’s Cayenne Hybrid, but with significantly upgraded electrical power and capacity.

According to Motor Trend Magazine, the plug-in Porsche Cayenne e-Hybrid will feature an electric motor that cranks out approximately 100 horsepower, which will be capable of propelling the SUV to highway speeds without assistance from the vehicle’s V6 engine. The electric motor is positioned between the engine and transmission, allowing the Cayenne e-Hybrid to operate as a 4WD vehicle even when it’s in electric-only mode.

The plug-in Cayenne’s 420-horsepower capability will come online only when the gas engine engages during hybrid mode. Porsche is not yet discussing all-electric range, but the use of a 10 kilowatt-hour battery pack suggests that it could be more than 20 miles. For comparative purposes, the Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid’s 4.4-kWh pack provides about 11 miles of EV-range, while the Ford C-Max Energi’s 7.6-kWh battery pack provides around 20 miles.

Another driving mode Porsche is investigating is the driver-selectable e-charge. It slightly increases engine output for a time, using the surplus to charge the battery, so that the vehicle becomes fully charged and ready to drive in electric-only mode.

For more information on the 2014 Porsche Cayenne e-Hybrid, visit Chapman Porsche of Tucson.