Porsche 918 Spyder at the 2010 Geneva Auto Show

Unveiled at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show, the Porsche 918 Spyder is a hybrid concept. With four different driving modes, the car is able to switch between race car, sports car, hybrid and electric wit the simple touch of a button. All this, with the same sexy styling for which Porsche is known. The company has yet to announce whether the 918 Spyder will ever be seen on the roads, but its more exciting elements will likely be featured in production cars in the future. In this video, WatchMojo.com profiles one of the most exciting concept cars to come along in a while, the Porsche 918 Spyder.

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Porsche Spyder

First introduced at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show, the Porsche 918 Spyder is a popular concept for the German automaker. While it wasn’t their only hybrid unveiling at that show, it was the sexiest. Porsche’s first plug-in hybrid vehicle, the two-seater 918 Spyder boasts low emissions and low fuel consumption, all while maintaining the company’s need for speed.

Powered by a 500-horsepower V8 engine, as well as two electric motors, the 918 Spyder offers four different driving settings: an all-electric mode, a hybrid mode, a sport hybrid mode and finally a race hybrid mode.

While the car cannot be both fuel efficient and a racecar at the same time, these modes allow drivers to choose whether they want to save gas, save the environment or save time on any given day. Drivers may switch between driving modes with an easy-to-use button located conveniently on the steering wheel.

As mentioned, performance is not an issue. The car’s top speed is 198 miles or 320 kilometers per hour. It can go from zero to sixty-two miles, or zero to one hundred kilometers per hour in just 3.2 seconds. In fact, Porsche even claims it can go faster than their Carrera GT.

On the other hand, its respectable gas mileage and CO2 emissions mirror those of a small compact. It features 78 miles-per-gallon fuel economy, which is equal to just 70 grams of CO2 per kilometer.

To keep the car’s weight down and ensure fuel efficiency, the construction of the 918 Spyder uses magnesium and aluminum extensively. The chassis is carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic, and altogether these elements make certain the 918 Spyder’s weight stays at three thousand, two hundred eighty five pounds, or just less than fifteen hundred kilograms. And, as always with Porsche, driving precision is guaranteed because of intense torsional stiffness.

Last but not least, the car’s styling makes it a beautiful addition to the Porsche lineup, and rivals even their most iconic models.

While the company has yet to say whether the 918 Spyder will go into production, it is likely that some of the car’s elements will make it into production cars in the future.

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