Mississauga, Ontario – Porsche is taking orders for its 918 Spyder plug-in hybrid supercar, following outstanding customer response to the concept model shown at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show.

The 918 Spyder uses a V8 engine producing more than 500 horsepower, along with two electric motors that will further produce at least 218 horsepower, but with an estimated fuel consumption of 3.0 L/100 km according to European test standards.

Production will begin in September 2013 and will be limited to a maximum of 918 units, each at US$845,000. Orders around the world will be produced in the sequence they are received at Porsche’s main factory in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen. The first Canadian deliveries are expected at the end of 2013.

The 918 Spyder is closely modeled on the concept vehicle, but will have a carbon-fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) monocoque and a Targa-style manual roof system with removable panels that can be stowed in the front luggage compartment.

The hybrid system uses a liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery that can be charged from a standard household outlet and allows a pure electric driving range of over 25 kilometres. Under the right conditions, the car can be driven at up to 150 km/h on electric power alone. Overall, the 918 Spyder takes 3.2 seconds from zero to 100 km/h and has a top speed of more than 320 km/h.

Customers who order the 918 Spyder can also order a special-edition 911 Turbo S coupe or cabriolet whose exterior and interior design echo those of the hybrid model, and with a limited-edition plaque with the same production number as the customer’s 918 Spyder.

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