Boss Michael Macht says firm's staff are committed to making hybrid supercar

Porsche boss Michael Macht says that staff in the firm are fully committed to building the 918 Spyder, the biggest shock - and hit - of the Geneva motor show.

Taken from drawing to show car in under five months, the 918 mixes a 500bhp petrol V8 with two electric motors for a combined 718bhp. Porsche has calculated that it could be quicker than the old Carrera GT around the Nordschleife.

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Porsche has yet to commit to producing the car - but speaking to Autocar, Macht admitted that the positive reaction to the 918 had already swayed opinion within the firm.

"There is no one inside Porsche who doesn't want to build the 918," he said. "The response has been marvellous; we will ask buyers to sign letters of intent.

"The 918 Spyder provides the answer to whether there can be high-performance cars in the future," he added. "Many have said they are finished. This car shows they are not."

Insiders say the production 918 is likely to go on sale within five years. However, like all Porsches, it will need to make money, despite its 'halo' status within the firm's range.

Macht also denied that a hybrid version of the Cayenne would damage sales of the diesel variant, which made its world debut at Geneva. "The Cayenne hybrid will account for about 15 per cent of sales," he said, "and appeal to customers who use their cars mostly in urban areas. We believe the hybrid sales will be incremental, and the diesel will be better at rural and highway use, where people need its cruising economy and high gearing."

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10 March 2010

The most exciting Porsche new model since -- the 997 returned the 911 series back to the top of the sports car heap.

Now this is what hybred technology is for: advances in high performance. The whole "save the planet" garbage with dangerous junk wagon Prius's is nonsense. You want to "save the planet" then buy a really good condition older car and keep it in shape and passing emissions tests -- you hypocrites.

10 March 2010

It's just a cracking looking car, I hope what they build does it justice.

10 March 2010

"The 918 Spyder provides the answer to whether there can be high-performance cars in the future," he added. "Many have said they are finished. This car shows they are not."

Great looking car but I would hardly say a 500bhp V8 answers the question about high performance cars in the future... if it had a 700bhp fuel cell then maybe Porsche could make that claim.

10 March 2010

[quote Martin Higham]Great looking car but I would hardly say a 500bhp V8 answers the question about high performance cars in the future... if it had a 700bhp fuel cell then maybe Porsche could make that claim. [/quote]

Absolutely.

As far as I can see, the electric motors are not the true power source for this car. If Porsche had replaced the engine with a comparably powered electric-only system, then I'd take my hat off to them. What they've actually done is the equivalent to removing the ashtray from a room and saying that they've stopped people from smoking.

10 March 2010

stunning car but how can one drive it without looking like a tit

Myk

10 March 2010

I don't get it either. If Porsche were down-sizing with the engine and then adding electric motors I'd understand, but a 500bhp V8?

They should have shown us a car with the equivalent engine to a Boxster (or smaller) backed-up with electric motors to give 911 beating performance and efficiency, but obviously that's a double-edged sword...

10 March 2010

This looks like a car with some mileage(sorry), what i mean is this is a Porsche that isn't a 911!, it looks spot on, a real departure from Porsche-ness if you like,and it sounds terrific too, it's over to the other compeditors now, don't you think?

Peter Cavellini.

10 March 2010

[quote SpiritOfSenna]As far as I can see, the electric motors are not the true power source for this car[/quote]

and thank God they haven't...I am not a fan of anything electric apart from a 50" HD TV whilst the F1 is on! The sounds of a V8? or the sound of the washing machine? You decide.

I am excited about them building this "Elise" style car and if it's for roughly Cayman S money I'm in! The sad thing is it probably will be 458/SLS/Gallardo money....oh well.

if it's heavy, it ain't happenin' 

10 March 2010

[quote Lotus Man]The sad thing is it probably will be 458/SLS/Gallardo money[/quote]

And the rest! With it sharing the same platform as the Carrera GT, I'd be very surprised if you'll get much change from £400k.

10 March 2010

[quote Lotus Man]I am excited about them building this "Elise" style car and if it's for roughly Cayman S money I'm in! The sad thing is it probably will be 458/SLS/Gallardo money....oh well[/quote] First thing I thought was Lotus Elise! That said I love the look, shame about the price. Come on Jaguar get the photocopier out and build something this cool for BMW z4 money. You know it makes sense!

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