Porsche unveiled the 918 Spyder Concept at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show, followed by the 918 RSR Racing Lab at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show. Both concepts will be used as base versions for the 918 Spyder production and racing vehicles scheduled to arrive in 2013.
The production version 918 Spyder was officially confirmed for an end of 2013 launch with the first deliveries beginning in early 2014. Porsche will build only 918 units and will price each unit at $845,000 on the US market.
The Porsche 918 Spyder Concept is powered by a 500 HP 3.4 liter V8, along with a pair of electric motors producing 109 horsepower each. But for the production version, this engine will be replaced with an engine featuring a larger displacement of 4.6 liter based on the RS Spyder LMP2 race car. This engine will deliver a total of 550 HP and will be combined with three electric motors that will increase the total output to an impressive 720 HP.
The wait is finally over! Porsche’s big surprise in Detroit is the Porsche 918 RSR – Racing Laboratory. Starting with the 918 Spyder, the new 918 RSR Racing Lab concept is inspired by models like the 908 long-tail coupe (1969) and the 917 short-tail coupe (1971).
The 918 RSR is a hybrid racing car that combines a V8 motor with a direct petrol injection engine and two electric motors on the front wheels. Each of these motors delivers an additional 75 kW, adding up to 150 kW. The whole engine setup delivers a total of 767 HP. The engine is mated to a six-speed constant-mesh transmission with longitudinally mounted shafts and straight-toothed spur gears.
The new concept is dominated by muscular wheel arches, dynamic air intakes, and a pulpit-like cockpit. It is painted in a new "liquid metal chrome blue" color combined with typical Porsche hybrid orange color on the brake calipers and the body’s longitudinal stripes.
UPDATE 08/19/2011: Some guy was lucky enough to get an invitation to an event in Carmel where they featured a 918 RSR! Check out the photo gallery to see the goods! (TeamSpeed)
Image Credit: Chulander Photography
UPDATE 09/08/11: Porsche has unveiled a new video of the 918 RSR Racing Lab with Anthony Hatter, Porsche’s design manager for sports cars, taking us through a quick walk-through of some of the key elements of the 918 RSR. It’s a good watch if you’re looking to find out more about the inner workings of the car.
Hit the jump to read more about the Porsche 918 RSR Racing Lab.
In an interview with Car and Driver, Porsche CEO, Matthias Mueller, recently confirmed the production of a new supercar to be slotted between the 911 and the 918. Now the head honcho is making it even more official with an official confirmation of the new model ready to tackle the competition; here’s looking at you, Ferrari 458 Italia.
In his statement, Mueller said, "It always irritated me that the (most expensive) 911 tops out at 250,000 euros ($360,000) and then the 918 continues starting at 750,000 euros ($1,080,000). In between, Ferrari cavorts around relatively comfortably and without any competition. That is where we need to be. There is still space for a larger sports car, one like the 959 that we built in the 1980s."
The new Porsche model will be priced between 250,000 euros ($360,000) and 400,000 euros ($580,000), and it will be the eighth model in Porsche’s future line-up. It will join the current four models as well as the upcoming small mid-engine roadster patterned on the 550 Spyder, the smaller SUV dubbed the Cajun, and a smaller version of the Panamera GT. The new Porsche supercar, along with the brand’s other new models, will help seal the deal in Porsche’s attempt to boost annual global sales to more than 200,000 units by 2018.
Image is a rendering of what we think this new supercar will be, the 2013 Porsche 961.
A few weeks ago, we reported about a possible Porsche 961 and now, in an interview with Car And Driver, Porsche CEO Matthias Müller has confirmed that the company indeed has plans to build a new supercar to be placed between the 911 and the 918.
Matthias Müller admitted that there would be room for a mid-engine sports car above the 911 and that this model would fit "in a price segment of 400,000 euros." He also added that this car has good chances of being built.
The new model will target the Ferrari 458 Italia and will use many components from the upcoming "modular sports architecture." This is the same architecture that will be used for next generation of Audi, Lamborghini, and Porsche sports cars. Under the hood, Porsche will place a 600 HP engine that will sprint the car from 0 to 60 mph in the three-to-four-second range, while top speed will be in the 200 mph area.
Does this sound like the Porsche 961 to anyone else?
We can’t say that we were looking forward to the premiere episode of The Car Show, simply because we didn’t feel that Adam Carolla was going to be all that funny. If he was, then The History Channel would have considered keeping him as part of the Top Gear USA trio. Turns out, we were absolutely wrong.
Adam Carolla may be a jumbling, mumbling mess at times, but his delivery actually makes him a bit funnier. It helps that he was teamed up with Dan Neil (automotive columnist for The Wall Street Journal), John Salley (4-time NBA Champion and actor), and Matt Farah (SmokingTire.com), who seemed to deliver more chemistry in the first episode of The Car Show than Tanner Foust, Adam Ferrara, and Ruttledge Wood had in their entire first season. Don’t get us wrong, we actually like Top Gear USA, but we may like The Car Show even better so far.
Hit the jump for details on the first episode of The Car Show.
Something’s cooking in the Porsche headquarters and knowing these guys, it could only mean thing: a new car.
The buzz going on around Stuttgart is that Porsche is looking into introducing a new supercar, one that will sit between the 911 GT2 RS and the 918 Spyder. The rationale behind this idea is that the company wants a car that can bridge the price tag gap between the 911 GT2 RS, which retails for $338,500, and the 918 Spyder, which will sell for $1.1 million.
In an interview with Bloomberg, Porsche sales boss, Bernhard Maier, commented about the company looking into the idea of introducing a new Porsche supercar. "We’re currently examining what options can be derived from this gap in the product range," Maier said.
"Between the top 911 model and the 918 Spyder, there’s a price range that we’re not serving, but where other manufacturers are selling one or another product."
Just so we know what Porsche is getting into, the new 911 GT2 RS is powered by a 3.6 liter six-cylinder boxer engine that’s boosted by two turbochargers, produces 620 horsepower with a 0 to 62 mph time of just 3.5 seconds, a top speed of 205 mph, and an impressive Nurburgring lap time of seven minutes and 18 seconds. Meanwhile, the 918 Spyder is powered by a V8 engine that produces more than 500 horsepower and three electric motors with an overall output of 218 horsepower. The numbers translate to a 0-60 mph time of just 3.2 seconds with a top speed of 198 mph and a Nurburgring lap time of under 7:30.
Gas prices have been soaring nationwide for sometime now. As of March 2011, the national gas price average is $3.56 and rising. For many enthusiasts that may sound like the death knell for the cars they know and love. We can hear it now, “No more supercharged V8s, no more twin turbocharged V6s. Goodbye Mustangs, goodbye Corvettes.” It really sounds like a bleak outlook for enthusiasts who live, breathe, and eat these cars (not literally, of course).
Luckily, that doesn’t have to be our future. As many of you are already aware, many companies are making great strides to preserve performance cars for all of us. They’re using new technologies to not only make sports and super cars faster, but they’re using those same technologies to make them more fuel efficient, giving us hope that there will be no end to the fast cars that we love.
That’s where we come in. We have come up with our list of the Top 10 Hybrid Sports and Super Cars that all utilize new technologies to make them faster, more fun, and more fuel-efficient. All of these cars are either on sale now, will be in the future, or will have their technologies transferred into production cars within the next few years.
Hit the jump to check out are list of top ten hybrid sports and super cars.
Porsche recently confirmed that their top of the line 918 Spyder will go into production and it would be the most expensive model they have ever sold coming in with a price tag of $845,000. Now it seems as if they are going back through their lineup to fill in some gaps they feel it has. Rumors suggest that the company has plans for another mid-engined supercar that will take on models like the Ferrari 458 Italia and the McLaren MP4-12C. Of course, there decision to go through with it will depend greatly on whether or not Volkswagen approves.
"We’re looking to extend the range," Porsche boss Mathias Muller revealed in a recent interview. "We’ve got an idea to do another mid-engined model. We’re thinking above the 911 but below the 918 Spyder.
We have ideas on styling and design, which we will continue to develop in the coming months. We’ll also evaluate the economic side and then decide [whether to push ahead]."
If built, the new model will be offered in both coupe and roadster versions and will be priced at about $275,000. It may also be constructed heavily of carbon fiber-reinforced plastic in order to get its weight down and performance up.
Power for the future Porsche supercar will have to be somewhere in the area of 550-600 HP in order to compete with Ferrari and McLaren’s resident supercars. The 458 Italia gets 570 HP and 398 lb-ft of torque out of its 4,499 cc V8 engine and the MP4-12C’s 3,800 cc twin turbo V8 engine delivers 592hp and 443 lb-ft. of torque. This power could be attained from Porsche’s 3,600 cc 620 hp water-cooled twin turbo flat-six found in the Porsche 911 GT2 RS.
The Audi A6 may have bagged this year’s EyesOn Design award at the Detroit Auto Show for “Best Production Vehicle”, but another auto manufacturer is taking home the award for “Best Concept Vehicle”.
That award goes to Porsche’s stunning 918 RSR Racing Lab prototype. Defined by a design that features muscular wheel arches, dynamic air intakes, and a pulpit-like cockpit, the 918 RSR Racing Lab was the unquestioned showstopper of the 2011 NAIAS. It was even dressed up in a new “liquid metal chrome blue” paint finish to complement Porsche’s now famous hybrid orange finish on the front-to-rear racing stripes.
The 918 RSR Racing Lab wowed the judges comprising of Willie G. Davidson, Harley-Davidson’s EVP & Chief Styling Officer; Tom Matano, the Academy of Art University’s Executive Director of Industrial Design and Jack Telnack, Ford’s now-retired global VP of Design, beating out the likes of Kia’s KV7 Crossover and Ford’s Vertrek SUV for the title.
Congratulations to Porsche for the award! Now let’s see a production version of the 918 RSR Racing Lab!
Porsche already has the 918 Spyder and the 918 RSR Racing concepts making headlines and winning over the crowd like only a Porsche can, but we can’t seem to forget that the German auto manufacturer has already announced plans to replace the old Carrera GT with a brand new supercar, and we aren’t the only ones either. Teamspeed Junior member, zbaums, has stripped the RSR Racing concept of all its racing propaganda to reveal a rendering of what could be the future Porsche 918 Coupe. With such an exciting future for Porsche and the increasing number of eagerly waiting fans, speculations are on high for this possible production version 918 Coupe, and we can’t help but join in on the fun.
Our speculations start off at a basic level as we imagine Porsche will be taking the concept and just adapting it for the streets. We believe the hybrid drivetrain will more than likely be dropped in favor of a more conventional engine for the top version, but we are not excluding the possibility of seeing a hybrid version offered as an alternative. Regardless of what engine they choose, we are confident that the Porsche’s numbers will exceed all of our imaginations.
Hit the jump to read more about a possible production version Porsche 918 Coupe.