Porsche 918 Spyder hybrid video drops jaws, fuel consumption

Grab your emergency underpants and strap on your bibs -- Porsche's just released the world's first videos of its 918 Spyder -- the achingly beautiful, ridiculously quick hybrid hypercar

Grab your emergency underpants and strap on your bibs -- Porsche has just released the world's first videos of its 918 Spyder -- the achingly beautiful, ridiculously quick hybrid hypercar that claims better fuel economy than a Toyota Prius .

That wasn't a typo up above, we did say videos. The first of these was a 15-second teaser clip shot at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, where the car was seen to actually move for the first time.

The second clip is a 2-minute trailer shot days before the car made its rolling debut at a motor show, which shows the car being rolled off a transport vehicle and heading for the horizon. Check it out at the end of the story.

Neither video shows the car doing very much, but seeing the 918 on the move reinforces Porsche's announcement that the car will actually be manufactured.

As we've reported previously, the 918 Spyder is powered by a 500bhp 3.8-litre V8 petrol engine, a lithium-ion battery pack and three electric motors -- two driving the front wheels and a third driving the rear. It'll go from 0-100kmh (62mph) in 3.2 seconds, has a top speed of 198mph and, in simulations, laps the Nurburgring in under 7 minutes 30 seconds -- faster than a petrol-only Carrera GT.

Miraculously, when driven sensibly, the car can achieve 94mpg and emits just 70g/km of carbon dioxide. The latest Toyota Prius, in comparison, manages 72mpg and spews 89g/km of CO2. What's more, it has an electric-only cruising range of 16 miles and can be recharged via a standard electrical mains outlet, meaning the car needn't emit any CO2 or drink any petrol if used for very short-range city commutes.

Porsche has yet to confirm the official release date for the car, or how much it'll cost, but we recommend you start saving your pennies now. Meanwhile, check the video hawtness below.

 

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