Porsche has announced that dealers the world over have begun taking orders for the company’s 918 Spyder. The mid-engined two seater is powered by both a 500-horsepower V8 and two electric motors that produce an additional 218 horsepower, able to launch to 60 mph in just 3.1 seconds.
According to Porsche, the 918 Spyder also has four different modes of power delivery:
“A button on the steering wheel allows the driver to choose among four different running modes: The E-Drive mode is for running the car under electric power alone, with a range of up to 25 km or 16 miles. In the Hybrid mode, the 918 Spyder uses both the electric motors and the combustion engine as a function of driving conditions and requirements, offering a range from particularly fuel-efficient all the way to extra-powerful.”
If you want one, you better drop what you’re doing and get in line right now. The automaker says that it’s only planning to build 918 examples of the vehicle and that each of them will carry a lofty price tag of $845,000 plus destination and handling.
While the 918 Spyder is still a concept, the fact that Porsche is considering releasing a plug-in hybrid is a pretty big deal. Plus, as Brian Merchant of Treehugger points out, the car company has never made a concept car that it didn’t later bring into production.