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£704,000 when new
The Porsche 918 Spyder. A hypercar that happens to be a hybrid. Or a hybrid that happens to be a hypercar? Some say neither. We say both. The performance certainly is hyper. The straight-line figures are staggering, thanks to 875bhp delivered by a screaming V8, plus electric power, and four-wheel-drive. Porsche claims 0-60mph in 2.5 seconds, and 0-125mph in 7.2, and 0-186mph (300km/h) in 20.9. That’s Veyron-fast up to 150-odd mph. And it’s not just a straight-line drag merchant. The 918 has famously lapped the Nurburgring in 6 minutes 57 sec. That number is on par with deadly rival McLaren’s claim for the P1 of ‘under seven minutes’. But while the P1 is a track-attack 2WD machine, the Porsche is more dual-purpose. Charge it from a socket and you can drive several miles at hot-hatch speeds before you ever start the engine. Hence the hybrid emphasis too. Driven in the normal EU cycle it makes 94mpg and puts out 70g/km. But you won’t buy it to save fuel or tax, because it costs the Euro equivalent of £715,000.