By Liz Klimas
Fuel efficiency combined with speed and sport will cost you a pretty penny if you’re looking forward to the new Porsche 918 Spyder.
The prototype model, which is expected to become available to the public by September 2013, can reach top speeds of 201 miles per hour but also gets about 94 miles per gallon. Just to put things into perspective, one of the most well-known hybrid vehicles — the Toyota Prius — gets 74 mpg.
Considered a supercar for its specs, Auto Evolution reports that it boasts more than 570 horsepower thanks to one electric unit delivering power to its front wheels while another supplies the rear axle. The car’s lithium-ion battery can be fully recharged in two hours.
Here are some other features and accomplishments for the prototype thus far:
- It can reach 0-62 mph in less than three seconds.
- It lapped Nurburgring in under 7:22.
- It’s all-electric mode will provide a top speed of 94 mph.
- It features a carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) monocoque with unit carrier.
Even with these impressive stats Auto Evolution believes the car will “deliver even more [of a] serious performance“ but ”the Germans just don’t want us to know about it yet.” But you’ll have to pay for it. It is expected the vehicle will run for around $1.5 million.
“What we are doing with the 918 Spyder is redefining driving fun, efficiency and performance,” Wolfgang Hatz, Member of the Executive Board Research and Development of Porsche AG, said in a statement last week.