Porsche has begun production of the 918 Spyder super sports car with its innovative plug-in hybrid drive and is now accepting orders for the limited edition model. This comes after the outstanding customer response (read dropping jaws) to the concept car unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show 2010 thanks to its Carrera GT inspired design combined with a powerful hybrid powertrain.

Powering the 918 Spyder with a total of 718hp, is a V8 engine delivers more than 500 hp, assisted by two electric motors with a total of at least 218 hp. Porsche claims that the new 918 Spyder is estimated to consume a mere three liters of fuel per 100 kilometers based on the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC). This figure

To ensure the exclusivity of the 918 Spyder, the two-seater is limited to no more than 918 units. Production of the 918 Spyder - which will be offered in left-hand drive only - is scheduled to commence on September 18 2013 at the main Porsche factory in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen. Delivery of the first vehicles will commence in November 2013. The 918 Spyder is available to order priced from Euro 645,000 in Europe; PGA Cars, the Philippine Porsche distributor has yet to reveal their local pricing.

The design DNA is derived from the Carrera GT and Porsche 917 race car as well as the RS Spyder, and is very closely modeled on the 2010 concept car. The 918 Spyder is driven by a unique type of plug-in hybrid system comprised a high-revving V8 engine with a displacement exceeding 4.0-liters and an output of more than 500 hp, matched with a PDK dual clutch transmission. The mid-engine power unit is based on the racing engine of the successful Porsche RS Spyder, which provided impressive proof of its efficiency with multiple victories in the Michelin Green X Challenge in the American Le Mans Series, the Le Mans Series and the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

The Porsche 911 Turbo S 'Edition 918 Spyder' is being offered to coincide with the start of orders for the 918 Spyder, with deliveries starting in June 2011.