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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 6:41PM
Dec 1, 2012 6:00PM
I don't understand the concept here...
Spending mega bucks for a street legal race car...
What difference does fuel economy make?
Then having to haul around 1000 lbs of batteries?

Dec 1, 2012 5:51PM
The post here are so true in so many ways..most of us can't afford a car that's going to cost us more in court fees and insurance just to stay on the can only go as fast as the posted speed limit in any town USA..(-; So the fools here are the one who lack common scense..The all mighty dollor makes you king and know it all to put those down that can't afford expensive crap! All cars are depreciating assets and they don't hold value..But the day is coming were you all mighty dollar wont be worth the the paper its written on..Oh..and it's not the car it's the driver!! if you can't drive and don't have good depth perception your azz is grass..enough said..A fool and his money shall soon depart!!
Dec 1, 2012 5:12PM
Does anybody but me wonder what kind of nitwit would want a car with 800 horsepower?
Dec 1, 2012 5:11PM
Only in liberal CA, hoping to get some of that fed money from Pelosi, Feinstein , Boxer and The big cheese Obama....... 4 weeks after cashing the check,... another big  BK filing from a liberal supported green Co. And the liberal beat goes on and on, oh my.....
Dec 1, 2012 5:10PM
Gee, just what I've always neede - a car with 800 horsepower. 
Dec 1, 2012 4:25PM
If you are young and can afford it, buy it and put it in storage for oh say, 30 yrs and then it will be worth the price and the some, to collectors.......bieber are you listening?
Dec 1, 2012 4:24PM

Beautiful, I love all these modern day Computer muscle cars. 400 to 800+ horsepower wow.

Now what is the speed limit here anyway???? HP can't outrun two way radios, cameras and  helicopters.

Think I'll keep my old muscle car and money in my pocket.  But if that is what you want that'a fine it is your money and Drivers License... Booodinnn......... boooodinnn.........

Merry Christmas Yall!

Dec 1, 2012 3:53PM
If I win the lottery, I'm buying one.
Dec 1, 2012 3:33PM
Just what the image people will want.  They will mortagage all they and their parents have to drive through town on this plastic heap of junk.  Plastic fenders, plastic bumpers.  Sunlight will deteriorate it in a few years but that won't matter to the image people anyway.  They will want a new one next year.  If an old ford bumps it, the bumper will come off and fall in the road.  Not a problem.  They can get a new bumper for just 2300 dollars or paint the old one with scratches for just 1250 dollars.  Where can I get one of these plastic spaceship looking things?  (for free...the only way I would want it.)  An old Volkswagen with a 36 HP motor will break any legal speed limit.  This is for the image people.  I would love to know how many dropouts working for minimum wage will try to buy one.
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