Porsche is keeping up the pace in the enhancement of efficiency combined with driving pleasure, by shifting to the next gear at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show with no less than three world debuts in hybrid technology.
The absolute highlight is the presentation of a concept of a high-performance mid-engined sports car with plug-in hybrid technology, the Porsche 918 Spyder, which debuts alongside the Porsche Cayenne S Hybrid, the first production hybrid in the history of Porsche AG, and the Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid which is the first racing car from the Stuttgart marque with electric front axle drive and a flywheel energy reservoir.
Presenting a high-performance mid-engined concept sports car with ultra-efficient, low-emission drive technology, Porsche is further increasing the Company's competence in hybrid technology.
The Porsche 918 Spyder prototype combines high-tech racing features and electro-mobility with the performance of a thoroughbred super sports car to offer a fascinating range of qualities. These include, first and foremost, an emissions level of just 70 grams/km CO2 combined with fuel consumption of three litres/100 kilometres (equal to 94 mpg on the New European Driving Cycle); a feat outstanding even for an ultra-compact city car, yet truly remarkable when combined with the performance of a supercar. Acceleration from 0-62mph is achievable in just under 3.2 seconds, a top speed of more than 198mph, and a lap time around the Nurburgring Nordschleife of less than 7:30 minutes - faster than the Porsche Carrera GT.
The Porsche 918 Spyder is one of three Porsche models with hybrid drive making their world debut at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show. This trio - made up of the new Porsche Cayenne S Hybrid SUV with parallel full-hybrid drive, the Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid racing car with electric drive on the front axle and a flywheel mass battery, and the two-seater high-performance Porsche 918 Spyder mid-engined sports car with plug-in hybrid technology - clearly demonstrates not only the great bandwidth of this new drive technology, but also the innovative power of Porsche as a genuine pioneer in hybrid drive.Published 9 March 2010