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Porsche Now Taking Names for 918 Spyder Plug-In Hybrid

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author photo by Autotrader March 2011

Never before has going green been so cool. Porsche began taking orders Monday for their brand new hybrid supercar, the 918 Spyder.

The new 918 Spyder is less of a new model for Porsche than it is a marketing statement. Porsche hopes this car will stand as a symbol of excitement in a marketplace of mostly appliance-like green cars.

With a top speed of 199 miles per hour and 9,200 RPM redline, Porsche fights climate change in the same way PETA utilizes provocative images of celebrities to promote support for animals; they may not really directly help the issue, but they're sure to win some hearts and minds for the cause.

The 918 Spyder is a plug-in hybrid, which means the car can run on electric power only for some distance before the gas engine kicks in to help. The 918 Spyder can be charged in around three hours and when fully powered up, Porsche says the car can go up to 16 miles without using a drop of fuel. Driving sensibly, a 918 Spyder owner should be able to squeeze up to 78 miles per gallon out of the car, though it's hard to say at this stage what the car's fuel economy will officially be rated at.

The 918 Spyder utilizes two electric motors that put out the equivalent of 218 horsepower on their own, and are capable of pushing the car up to 94 miles per hour. If that's not enough to get you going, there's also a race-inspired, 500-horsepower V8 onboard to crank things up a notch. Tap into that, and you will be able to rocket from 0-60 mph in just over 3 seconds.

If this sounds great to you, you might want to move quickly. Porsche is limiting production to just 918 vehicles, and the waiting list is sure to fill up fast, despite the $845,000 price tag.

If you do happen to make the list and have some extra cash still burning a hole in your pocket, Porsche will be offering a unique optional extra to your 918 order: A matching 911 Turbo S. The 911 Turbo S "Edition 918 Spyder" is only available to 918 Spyder buyers and costs an additional $262,000. 918 Spyder orders will take up to two years to fill so Porsche says the 911 will help you pass the time until your new supercar gets delivered.

While you might be able to buy a fleet of 48 Toyota Priuses for the same amount of money, that doesn't carry quite the same amount of cool factor as the 918 Spyder. And at least you can claim you did it for the environment.

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