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$845,000 hybrid Spyder on its way

Bloomberg News / March 22, 2011

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BERLIN — Porsche, the German automaker merging with Volkswagen, will sell the 918 Spyder hybrid sports car, its most expensive model ever, for $845,000 in North America and limit production to 918 vehicles.

The first cars will be delivered to buyers beginning in November 2013. The vehicle will sell in Europe for $1.09 million.

The Porsche plug-in hybrid is part of a wave of green supercars. BMW, the luxury-car leader, is developing the i8, a hybrid sports car that will have carbon-dioxide emissions similar to a compact vehicle’s. Mercedes-Benz plans to roll out a battery-powered version of the gull-wing SLS supercar in 2013.

“Performance green cars are a very necessary statement for the premium brands about what this technology means to them,’’ said Christoph Stuermer, a Frankfurt-based analyst with IHS Automotive. While mass-market carmakers are concerned about the costs of owning electric cars, “the premium brands seem more worried about the fun part.’’

The two-seater Porsche hybrid will accelerate to 62 mph in 3.2 seconds, relying on a 500-horsepower V8 engine and 218-horsepower electric drive system. The car’s lithium-ion battery can be recharged in three hours.