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Porsche Releases 918 Spyder POV Video, Says It Beats The Prius Plug-In For EV Range


The Porsche 918 Spyder is an incredible supercar, which makes it easy to forget that it's also a plug-in hybrid. The former aspect of the 918's personality is demonstrated by a POV video released by Porsche of factory driver Patrick Long putting this superlative car through its paces at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin Texas.

When driven a bit less ferociously, though, the 918 can also do a decent impression of an economy car. Its EPA fuel-economy ratings were just released, and they're pretty impressive for a car sporting a 4.6-liter V-8 and a total system output of 887 horsepower and 940 pound-feet of torque.

The 918 is rated at 67 MPGe combined in hybrid mode, and a still-respectable 22 mpg when driving on gasoline power only. It also has an electric-only range of 12 miles which--as Motor Trend points out--is one mile more than a Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid.

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Porsche's finest also beats the Prius Plug-In in overall range. The Toyota can travel 1,007 miles on both gasoline and electricity, but the 918 can go 1,239. While gearheads will be tickled by the idea of a Porsche supercar beating a Prius at something, it's actually not much of an achievement. The Prius Plug-In has the shortest electric-only range of any plug-in hybrid currently sold worldwide, and the 918's greater overall range is due to a larger fuel tank.

Drivers willing to shorten that range a bit can accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in seven seconds, and reach a top speed of 93 mph on battery power alone. Throw the V-8 into the mix, and the 918 will reach 60 mph in just under 2.8 seconds, 124 mph in 7.9 seconds, and 186 mph in 23 seconds.

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