Porsche Launching 500HP Plug In Hybrid In 2013

Consider this - most hybrid cars are designed to be more fuel efficient, giving drivers the feeling that they are doing their part to help the environment. But how do you be energy efficient with a 500 horsepower hybrid like the Porsche 912 Spyder plug-in hybrid?

The vehicle, which will go into production in September 2013 and will be limited to a run of just 918 models, will reportedly boast a 500HP plus V8 engine coupled with two electric motors capable of at least 218 horsepower.

The car will have a top speed of 320kph, will go from 0-100kph in 3.1 seconds and will have an electric-only range of about 27km.

There's currently no word on fuel efficiency numbers - although with that kind of power you honestly can't expect it to be very good. Which is why, when you compare it to the likes of the Tesla Roadster, you have to wonder why any Spyder loving rich man would want to opt for a hybrid when there are perfectly good petrol and fully-electric cars on the market.

Especially when the Spyder 918 will be selling for $US845,000. That's a lot of money to pretend to care about the environment...

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