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With over 3 years of speculation, rumors, and setbacks, the 2014 Porsche 918 Spyder Hybrid is possibly one of the more anticipated releases from the German car manufacturer. The release has been confirmed for later this year (2013) though a specific date has not been set. Regardless, the 918 Spyder Hybrid is setting the new standard when it comes to supercar efficiency. Read on and tell us what you think.

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Designed for Efficiency

Porsche’s goal in producing the 918 Spyder Hybrid remains the same now as it was years ago, when the project was started: to raise the bar in hypercar efficiency and functionality. In order to do this, engineers, designers, and builders had to work in tandem for countless hours of research, design, and testing, leading to numerous setbacks for Porsche’s flagship hybrid. The result, however, is an extremely impressive specimen, and one that accomplishes many, if not all, of the goals set during conception.

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Exterior

The exterior of the 918 Spyder Hybrid is mostly carbon fiber. The design does not stray too far from the classic Porsche characteristics, although there are many subtle changes designed to increase performance and efficiency. Redesigned headlights and less-bulky front fenders are among the most notable changes to the 918 Spyder Hybrid’s design.

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From the back, the 918 Spyder Hybrid is reminiscent of several classic Porsche designs, all packed into one car. The designers did an excellent job creating a classic, but new feel. Of course, the 918 Spyder Hybrid sports the trademark rear wing for added down force.

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Interior

The interior of the 918 Spyder Hybrid is set to be futuristic and comfortable. With a completely redesigned center console, which is where most of the controls and knobs will reside. It will also sport a soft-touch interior with very little plastic exposed. This will set 918 Spyder Hybrid apart from most other supercars in its class.

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Performance and Specs

The interior is not the only thing intended to set the 918 Spyder Hybrid apart from all the other competitors in its class. What most distinguishes this car is the engine and drivetrain. Mounted directly behind the seats is a 4.6 liter V-8, designed and engineered for power and efficiency. Porsche claims the engine alone has 580 horsepower at 8,500 rpm and 368 lbs-ft of torque. However, add to that the dual electric motors (one powering the front axle and the other powering the rear axle) and total horsepower jumps to 795 and torque rises to 595 lbs-ft. The electric motors also allow the 918 Spyder Hybrid to drive up to 80mph on electric power only. But wait, there’s more! All this is achieved while keeping the average miles-per-gallon right around 80. You read correctly. 795 horsepower, 595 lbs-ft of torque and 80mpg. This is what sets the 918 Spyder Hybrid apart from the competitors.

Final Impression

With a base price of $845,000, and extras easily driving that number over the $1 million mark, Porsche’s new hybrid is likely unattainable by most. However, Porsche has proven that they can “play ball with the big boys” when it comes to making efficient, powerful supercars. The 918 Spyder Hybrid may just be the dark horse of the 2014 lineup, and with their amazing commitment to raise efficiency standards, Porsche has, once again, etched its name in the history books.

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