Porsche 918

Porsche 918

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A few days ago, a series of six Porsche 918 Spyder units were caught on the streets of Monaco and today we get to see the supercar taking laps at Nurburgring . The prototype caught testing today wears a matte-black paint job and, as usual, the exhaust note of the hybrid V-8 is amazing.

As a reminder, the 918 Spyder is powered by a hybrid powertrain that combines a 4.6-liter V-8 engine with two electric motors for a total output of 875 horsepower. The supercar can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.8 seconds and up to a top speed of 211 mph.

The model is limited to 918 units and will carry a price tag ranging from €781,155 (about $1million) to €853,155 ($1.1 million) when you also opt for the Weissach package. The model will be making its world debut in September at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show .

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Having the chance to see a Porsche 918 Spyder on the road is pretty rare, but YouTube user Marchettino had the opportunity to catch not one, but six of these beasts on the streets of Monaco (AKA the supercar capital). While cruising around Monaco, he stumbled upon a convoy of three 918 Spyder , then when they stopped at the gas station, three more were right behind them. You can only imagine what the six V-8 engines pounding out a combined 5,250 horsepower must have sounded like.

As a reminder, the 918 Spyder combines a 4.6-liter V-8 engine with two electric motors for a total output of 875 horsepower. The supercar can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.8 seconds and up to a top speed of 211 mph.

The model is limited to 918 units and will carry a price tag ranging from €781,155 (about $1million) to €853,155 ($1.1 million) when you also opt for the Weissach package.

Porsche 918 Spyder

To say that the Porsche 918 Spyder is just another supercar is pretty inaccurate. For one, it’s the most powerful vehicle Porsche has ever built. And another thing: it’s combination of power, speed, fuel economy and low emissions is nearly unrivaled, so much so that even with 918 models priced at over $800,000 a piece, it’s already nearly sold out.

Speaking of sold out, a lot of the customers that paid for the 918 Spyder appear to reside here in the U.S. That’s why Porsche has said that America will receive the biggest allotment of 918 Spyders than any other country with up to 190 models headed our way.

That probably explains why Porsche has taken to great lengths to promote the 918 Spyder in the U.S. Numerous promotional events held in the United States over the past two years, and soon enough, a lot of these actual supercars will be calling the Land of the Free their home.

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Source: Auto News
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Now this is a ride we have been waiting to see for a very long time!

Chris Harris - our favorite presenters when it comes to reviewing performance cars - was invited by Porsche to test a pre-production version of the 918 Spyder . Of course, when you receive an invitation like this, you forget the fact that you are not testing the finished car, that there is no time to prepare and that you only get three laps in the driver’s seat; you just take the first plane and go for the quick spin.

So, what do you think, was Harris impressed by the upcoming 918 Spyder? We bet he was, after all the 918 Spyder is powered by a V-8 engine combined with a pair of electric engines, one powering the front axle and one on the rear.

This system delivers a total of 887 horsepower and 920 pound-feet of torque and sprints the car from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.8 seconds and up to a top speed of 202 mph.

One of our favorite parts was watching the Porsche rep in the passenger’s seat as Harris whipped the crap out of the Automaker’s £20 million project. It looked like he was on the verge of tears at certain points.

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Porsche 918 Spyder

In a recent interview with British magazine CAR, Porsche ’s product manager James Eastwood offered new details on the company’s new limited-edition supercar: the 918 Spyder . According to Eastwood, the company has no plans in transforming the 918 Spyder into a competitor for models like LaFerrari or McLaren P1 .

Eastwood said that the 918 Spyder is heavier at 3,747 pounds and a little less powerful, but more fuel efficient than both the other two supercars. Also, he said that in “certain conditions” the 918 Spyder will be a little bit faster than the P1 and Laferrari. It will be especially faster in and out of corners, thanks to its Torque Vectoring.

The 918 Spyder will also be offered with the same four-wheel-steering system we saw in the GT3; in fact, the system was developed for the 918 and adopted to the GT3.

The 918 Spyder is priced at about $845,000 for the base model, or $929,000 when equipped with the Weissach Package. Even with the price hike, half of the customer opted for this package because it reduces the car’s total weight by 110 pounds. Eastwood confirmed one more time that even though the model is still not sold out like the other two supercars, the company is not worried that it won’t manage to sell them all.

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Source: CAR
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Porsche 918 Spyder

When Porsche announced prices for the upcoming 918 Spyder , it was also reported that the supercar was sold out. Apparently that’s not true, as Porsche head of R&D, Wolfgang Hatz reported that the hybrid supercar is not yet sold out. He also made it quite clear that it will sell out quickly once prospective buyers have the chance to test the supercar.

Speaking with AutoCar at the Shanghai Auto Show , Hatz said that the car’s high price may be the reason why the company still has some units left. Hatz also reported that up to this point, the company has sold more 918 units than it had at the same point in the launch process of the Carrera GT . With that comparison, Porsche certainly has the right to be confident.

Hatz also reported that it is not correct to compare the 918 Spyder with models like 2014 LaFerrari and McLaren P1 , because, "at present, nobody outside our R&D group has experienced a super sports car with more electric power."

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Source: AutoCar
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Youtube user, NM2255, managed to shoot another great video: a Porsche 918 Spyder caught at the Top Marques Monaco event. The prototype caught in Monaco was wearing a matte black paint with Martini Racing livery and racing number "23."

The production version 918 Spyder will be powered by a hybrid system that combines a 570-horsepower 4.6-liter V-8 engine with a pair of electric motors – one powering the front axle and one on the rear – that pump out 85 kW (114 horsepower) and 95 kW (127 horsepower), respectively. According to Porsche, the 918 Spyder will offer a driving range of 15 miles in electric-only driving mode and can hit a top speed of 202 mph when the gasoline engine and electric motors are working together.

The new 918 Spyder will be put on sale in September 2013 and pricing will start at $845,000.

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Porsche 918 Spyder

When Porsche announced the initial specifications for the upcoming 918 Spyder , it announced a combined output of 795 horsepower.

Apparently, that was a little bit off, as it is now rumored that the supercar will be significantly better than initially claimed. The output will go somewhere in the 875-horsepower area, the weight will be lower and the Nürburgring time will be under 7 minutes.

Also, one buyer said at the Goodwood Festival of Speed said that he has seen the final production version, and when compared to it, both the LaFerrari and McLaren P1 McLaren P1 look “mediocre.” Also, the same buyer claims that while everyone thinks they know how the supercar looks like, we are all in for a huge surprise when the production model drops.

The buyer also stated that the 918 Spyder will be a targa model and "will travel at 150 kms on electric alone." This can be taken one of two ways. The first way is that he means it delivers an electric-only range of about 150 kilometers (93 miles) — a rather stout number. The second meaning is that it has a top speed of 150 km/h (93 mph).

The new Porsche 918 Spyder will make its world debut in September at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show.

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Porsche 918 Spyder

While most of you are waiting to see a production version of the Porsche 918 Spyder , our spy photographers have caught two new prototypes during their first cold weather testing in Northern Sweden. As you can see, one of the prototypes is still wearing that cool white Martini racing livery, while the second one is wearing a cool grey racing livery.

Just as a reminder, the powertrain of the 918 Spyder will combine a 4.6-liter V-8 engine delivering a total of 570 horsepower with a pair of electric motors - one powering the front axle and one on the rear. This hybrid system will deliver a total of 795 horsepower and, according to Porsche, it will hit a top speed of 202 mph.

The car already scored some amazing results, as it lapped Nurburgring in a time of 7:14.

The production version will debut in September 2013 and will be priced at about $1 million.

Until now, we have seen lots of images of the upcoming Porsche 918 Spyder , but all of them were images of the prototype versions. Today, however, the first leaked images of the production version have dripped their way on the internet via the leak-happy Chinese patent office.

As no surprise, the production version looks pretty similar to the concept versions , but it has finally received its door handles, mirrors, indicator lights, seat belts, a slightly different front bumper and redesigned air intakes in the front bumper. Also, the exhaust pipes are now placed in the right position and not on the car’s side as in the concept versions.

Under the hood, the 918 Spyder will combine a 4.6-liter V-8 engine delivering a total of 570 horsepower with an electric motor that adds an extra 200 horsepower.

The production version will debut in September 2013 and will be priced at about $1 million.

Source: CarNewsChina

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