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2015 Porsche 918 Spyder

Base price range: $847,975-$931,975

This Porsche 918 Spyder represents a monumental shift in supercar development and delivers unheralded levels of performance, frugality and environmental responsibility, but that kind of innovation certainly doesn’t come cheap. It definitely isn’t the norm for a manufacturer to produce a car that is this powerful and to also be able to boast as much about its ‘green’ credentials as it can about its performance. The 918 is a mid-engine, two-seater plug-in hybrid that combines a 4.6-liter V-8 gas engine that delivers 608-horsepower with a hybrid electric drive system that brings the total output to 887-horsepower with 940 pound-feet of torque. The 918 does 0-60 mph in less than 2.8 seconds, it has a top speed of 211 mph and only 918 of them are ever going to be being built by Porsche. The 918 Spyder features an all-wheel drive system that can also put power to just the front wheels in all-electric mode, which gives the car a range of around 18 miles on a full charge. The 918’s fuel-efficiency is rated at 67 mpg when driving with a combination of gas, hybrid and electric power, although that number reduces to 22 mpg on gasoline-only, which for a car with this kind of performance is still very impressive.

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This nationally recognized, award-winning writer brings to Carpreview.com two decades of automotive testing and reporting for newspapers, books, magazines, and the Internet. The former Executive Auto Editor of Consumer Guide, Chuck has covered cars for HowStuffWorks.com, Collectible Automobile magazine, and the Publications International Ltd. automotive book series. This ex-newspaper reporter has also appeared as an automotive expert on network television and radio. He’s a charter member of the Midwest Automotive Media Association, the president of the Rocky Mountain Automotive Media association, and a juror for the annual Active Lifestyle Vehicle of the Year awards. Chuck writes from Colorado Springs, Colo. If you have a question for Chuck, write to him at [email protected]