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Porsche 918 Spyder: Green, lean, mean tempter

Some say owning Porsche 918 Spyder is inviting kidnap! So tempting is this rolling beauty’s credentials that the owner could move into the garage, baggage and all. And then, it’s “Green” as well – a true plug-in electric hybrid with the fuel cap at the left rear cabin pillar and the electric plug-in outlet at the right rear pillar.

The gas-powered 4.6 litre V-8 engine spews 599 hp at a high 8,700 rpm. Two electric motors – one 127-hp unit in front acting on the front axle up to 165 miles per hour, and a 154-hp motor at the back axle that boosts rear-wheel power and torque right up to the 214-mph top speed directly via the seven-speed Porsche dual-clutch transmission. Total power therefore equals 875 hp.

The machine weighs 3,691-lb and can hit 60 mph in 2.5 seconds. There are power options – E-Power, Hybrid, Sport Hybrid, Race Hybrid and Hot Lap. In the purely electric E-Power mode, the 918 can reach 93 mph for sustained periods. The 6.8-kWh lithium-ion battery can be charged in 25 minutes or less.

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