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Video: Kepler Motion, an 800-horsepower hybrid, takes to the street

American supercar plans to tackle Porsche 918 Spyder, but only 50 will be made.

By Exhaust Notes Nov 15, 2012 3:37PM
We've been fanning over the upcoming Porsche 918 Spyder, a plug-in hybrid that promises 795 horsepower, all-wheel drive and stellar fuel economy, since forever. We're also highly curious about Ferrari's hybrid system on its new Enzo replacement.

We did not know there was an American supercar capable, at least on screen, of competing with either of these two. It's called the Kepler Motion.

Before this week, we had never heard of Kepler Motors, a California startup that has been developing its own hybrid supercar since 2009. Named after 17th-century German astronomer Johannes Kepler, who studied planetary motion at the dawn of modern physics, Kepler Motors is out to build just 50 cars. It hasn't named a price, and we have no idea how much fuel the car will save over a traditional supercar. What we do know is that it packs 800 horsepower, all-wheel drive, a claimed zero-to-60 time of less than 2.5 seconds and a top speed of more than 200 mph.

Kepler Motion (c) Kepler Motors

A twin-turbo Ford EcoBoost V6 -- the same one found in the F-150 and Taurus -- sits behind the driver with a boatload more boost. Instead of the stock 355 horsepower, it's now a monstrous 550. While that engine drives the rear wheels, two electric motors making an additional 250 horsepower drive the front. It's a similar setup to the 918, although Porsche uses a V8 and drenches it in racing technology we can't come to understand.

Can this new American exotic -- with a few wide body-panel gaps as seen in the video below -- really beat established European automakers making the best of the insanely best cars in the world? We hope Kepler can at least match them, especially if it gets the backing to build more than a few dozen cars.

[Source: Gizmag]
Dec 1, 2012 5:42AM
Funny thing I learned about people many moons ago. It doesn't matter if you have 800HP or 10,000HP because there's ALWAYS some clown that will try and outrun you no matter what. I had a vette and was amazed at the people of all ages, driving ALL kinds of vehicles that would try anything to outrun me. It's not about the car, but how crazy the driver is. hahahahaha
Nov 30, 2012 11:19PM
If you can afford to waste money on crap like this, you can afford to pay 3% more in taxes.
Dec 1, 2012 5:18AM
Forget this piece of experimental crap with its insane pricetag.
Buy a Chevy Corvette and let the Hollywood bozos blow their
money on this hyped up nonsense.
Dec 1, 2012 3:51AM

This car may be a little pricey but just think of the savings you will see when you're buying Trojans by the gross instead of by the piece...pun intended.



Dec 1, 2012 5:58AM
......." what you drive is also one of the most important investments you can make." "investment" or a "consumable product"? The word "investment" has been redefined. Maybe it is an "investment " for the automaker who sold the vehicle, but it is only a consumable product for the customer who will put the mileage and wear and tear on the vehicle. Calling an Automobile an "investment" and thinking so, maybe part of the reason for the personal economic woes expressed throughout the U.S.A. 
Dec 1, 2012 12:01AM
What a great looking car. For those dissing the car, you probably could not afford to pay cash for a Smart Car.  
Nov 16, 2012 4:18PM
The real reason the price is not named is that the price would scare off more than just the 50 takers.
Dec 1, 2012 5:54AM

We'll see if it ever makes it to market.  Fisker has been trying to get its Karma into regular production and has realized how difficult that is.  Still though, kudos to Kepler for bringing another supercar into a world increasingly filled with pussified, ball-less wonders driving around in their Priuses and backing up traffic, while smugly feeling they are "saving the world"!  Stupid fools never understand that their coal-fired power plants emit thousands of times more pollutants than a million cars ever will.

And yeah...bring on that Porsche we've been drooling over!

Nov 30, 2012 11:12PM
It's amazing, they keep coming out with more horsepower and speed, and what the hell do you do with it?  Seems to me that concentrating on something more productive could benefit us all.
Nov 15, 2012 7:53PM
Ferrari F40 rear end and roofline with a McClaren F1 front clip.  Good looking car.  Panel gaps are better than modern Vettes.  Hopefully it has a good ol' manual 6spd trans and front/rear limited slip diffs with an adjustable center differential splitting the power fore and aft.
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