The 17 Coolest Hybrids Ever Built

Most of the hybrids you see on the road are boring, but this technology can be put to use to make serious speed.

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Lamborghini

Not all hybrids are boring. These cars prove it. Here are some of the coolest hybrids out there.

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Lamborghini
Lamborghini Sián

Lamborghini went all-out with its first-ever production hybrid, the Sián. It pairs a 34-horsepower electric motor to the naturally aspirated V-12 from the Aventador SVJ, and looks otherworldly. Only 63 will exist, and they've all already been sold.

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McLaren
McLaren Speedtail

The Speedtail is McLaren's top of the range grand-tourer, sporting a center seating position and combined output of 1035 horsepower. That comes from a twin-turbo V-8 paired to an electric motor, sending power to the rear wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.

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Ferrari SF90 Stradale

The SF90 Stradale is Ferrari's first mainstream production plug-in hybrid, making 986 horsepower thanks to a twin-turbo V-8 and three electric motors. Power goes to all four wheels, allowing for a 0-60 time of just 2.5 seconds. Ferrari really knows how to do hybrids right.

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Porsche
Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo

It might have the longest, most unoriginal name of any sports car out there, but trust us, the top-tier hybrid Panamera is a hell of a car. It makes an astounding 680 combined horsepower, and that sweet Sport Turismo wagon body style makes it even better. This sedan version is up for grabs on eBay right now.

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Jaguar
Jaguar C-X75

Jaguar never officially put its C-X75 supercar into production, but the few prototypes it did build were equipped with a state-of-the-art supercharged and turbocharged four-cylinder engine combined with hybrid batteries. It sounds great.

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Porsche
Porsche 919 Evo

If you still have any reservations about hybrid tech, get this: The current Nurburgring lap record holder, the 919 Evo hybrid, beat its nearest competitor by nearly a minute. That's absurd.

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The ELR electrified luxury coupe will offer improved performance, more dynamic driving and higher levels of personal technology for the 2016 model year. Major product upgrades include a more than 25% boost in power and torque, faster acceleration that improves 0-60 mph by 1.4 seconds, higher top speed, retuned chassis and steering for better handling, more responsive brakes and a new Performance equipment package.
Cadillac
Cadillac ELR

Sure, the ELR may have been way overpriced for what it was, but you have to admit: It looks pretty cool. And because just a handful were built, they how have an aurora of rarity to them as well. It's not every day you see an ELR on the road. Here's one you can own for less than the price of a new Chevy Volt.

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Barrett-Jackson
Porsche 918 Spyder

Porsche's hypercar uses a bespoke 4.6-liter V-8 engine that produces 600 horsepower, combined with a pair of front-mounted electric motors that make 282 horsepower together. The result is a world-beating speed machine that broke the Nurburgring production car lap record in 2013. This one's for sale on eBay right now for a cool $1.4 million.

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Dean Smith
Ferrari LaFerrari

The LaFerrari is the first (and so far, only) Ferrari road car to break the 1000-horsepower barrier, and it does so in spectacular fashion. Thanks to that wonderful V-12 and a pack of batteries behind the driver, it can go from 0-60 in 2.4 seconds, and complete the quarter-mile in 9.7 seconds.

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Aston Martin
Aston Martin Valkyrie

The Valkyrie uses a Cosworth Formula 1-based V-12 combined with electric power to propel it down the road. It also looks like an actual LMP1 car for the road. It doesn't get much cooler than this.

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R&T
Porsche 911 GT3-R Hybrid

We actually got to drive Porsche's hybrid-powered GT3 race car back in 2011, and it was fantastic. This was long before the days of the Taycan or 918, and yet, it was still wonderful behind the wheel. It was a Porsche, after all.

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Perhaps the most fascinating upcoming hypercar is the Koenigsegg Regera because it has no gearbox. Instead, the 5.0 liter twin-turbo V8 sends 1100 bhp to three electric motors. The first is attached to the front of the crankshaft and drives power to both the battery and the two motors that drive the rear wheels. The Regera has a full-electric range of about 22 miles and a total power output of 1,500 bhp. The car utilizes regenerative braking to cut down the charge time.
Koenigsegg
Koenigsegg Regera

The Regera has no transmission. Instead, it uses electric power to get away from a stop, and then the engine—which is connected directly to the wheels—fires up. The Regera is unlike any other modern car, and in true Koenigsegg fashion, it's incredibly powerful.

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The first-generation Honda Insight was a very interesting take on the economy car, but it was perhaps too interesting for the general public. It had a streamlined body, a super-efficent three-cylinder engine, and it was light. Unfortunately, the Prius proved to be more popular, so when Honda revived the Insight in 2010, it was little more than a Prius clone.
Honda
Honda Insight (1st-gen)

Honda’s first Insight was cool because it was different. It had a quirky three-cylinder engine, covered rear wheels for aerodynamic efficiency, and could even be optioned with a manual transmission. Compared to the Prius of the time, it was worlds more interesting. Here's one for sale on eBay with the stick.

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Brian Silvestro
Acura NSX

The new NSX drives nothing like the old NSX, and that angers a lot of people. But once you really get to feel it out, the new car is unbelievably capable, a masterpiece of technological advancement worthy of praise. It's no wonder it took our 2017 Performance Car of the Year award. There's a used one on eBay right now with just 10,000 miles on the clock you can own for thousands off MSRP.

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Mercedes-Benz
Mercedes-AMG One

The AMG One uses two front-mounted electric motors to power the front wheels, and the hybrid turbo V-6 powertrain from AMG's F1 cars to spin the rears. If that's not cool enough for you, we're not sure what is.

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McLaren
McLaren P1

Even five years after production ended on the McLaren P1 hypercar, it remains a benchmark. It may no longer be the fastest car on the block, but it'll always remain special. This one's painted in a lovely red color called "Fusion Green Pearl," and you can own it.

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BMW i8

The i8 may not be as quick as some of the other cars on this list, but it still looks cool as hell. And with those swing-up doors, you'll always be the center of attention. This one already has over 40,000 miles on it, and it's for sale for just under $60,000.

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