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Porsche 918 Spyder hybrid greenlit for production

It's coming! It's coming! Porsche has just given the development nod to the 918 Spyder concept we wet ourselves over back in March


It's coming! It's coming! Porsche, not content with announcing its intention to build an electric sports car, has just given the development nod to the 918 Spyder hybrid concept we wet ourselves over back in March. Dammit, we've done it again!

This, friends, is massive news. The car will be powered by a plug-in hybrid petrol-electric drivetrain that can be run exclusively in electric mode, or on a mixture of electric and fuel propulsion. According to Porsche, it'll emit in the region of 70g/km of CO2 and offer fuel economy of 94.1mpg -- far better figures than you'd get from less exotic hybrids like the Toyota Prius.

As we reported back in March, the 918 Spyder will have three electric motors -- two mounted in the front of the passenger cabin powering the front wheels, and a third located in the back driving the rear wheels. It'll also have a lithium-ion battery pack and a 500bhp 3.8-litre V8 petrol engine that kicks into action when you mash the go pedal.

Altogether, they'll propel the 918 Spyder from 0-100kmh in a just-about-everything-destroying 3.2 seconds, and a top speed of 198mph.

To learn more about the car, head over to our eyes-on preview, then watch our fancy Car Tech video to see it in glorious Web-o-vision.