Porsche 918

Porsche 918

Porsche 918 Spyder

The production version of the Porsche 918 Spyder won’t be arriving on the market until September 2013, but in a not surprising turn of events, what appears to be the official brochure of the model has surfaced on the internet. Next to a series of new images, this leaked brochure also offers a few more details on the next 918 Spyder.

It looks like the 918 Spyder will deliver a total of 800 HP (and not 720 HP as previously rumored) thanks to a hybrid system that will combine a 580 HP V8 engine with three electric motors. With a total weight of just 3659 lbs, the 918 Spyder will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 3 seconds and from 0 to 124 mph in just 8 seconds. It will also only consume 3 liters per 100 kilometers.

Porsche will also be offering a "Weissach Package" that will drop about 77 lbs from the car’s total weight. This package will include dive planes for the front and rear, a lightweight braking system, the elimination of the armrests and storage in the doors, and Alcantara or carbon fiber trim. As an option, Porsche will also offer a Special Liquid Metal Grey or Blue exterior paint and two special liveries: Martini and White/Red.

Source: TeamSpeed

The past few weeks have been a blur of spy shots and teaser images for the upcoming Porsche 918 Spyder , in prototype form anyway. Porsche even released official images of their cool 918 Spyder prototype in Martini Racing livery , but since the official debut for the production model isn’t going to happen until late in 2013 (supposedly), hopes for production model images are not as high as we would like them to be.

Then there’s Youtube user liquidsk8s who claims to have a video of the first production ready 918 Spyder during an event hosted for its release at Canoe Studios. We are a little skeptical about this being the final production model, especially since the video even states that "Up until this point the exhaust had been on the sides." The car shown is also different than the ones we have seen in the spy shots, with the exhaust pipes on the engine cover, new side air intakes, exterior mirrors, and door handles. The car also has the same set of wheels as the concept car had, which is a very unlikely move for Porsche.

Give us your thoughts! Is this the production 918 Spyder or just another prototype? Hit us up in the comments section below!

Porsche 918 Spyder Martini Racing Prototype

Even though the Nürburgring is hanging on by a loosely tied thread at this time, it is still the setting where cars are made or broken, which is partly why we are all so confused as to why it is in financial ruins. Despite now owning its own track, Porsche is still looking to the `Ring to help build more excitement around its upcoming 918 hybrid model.

Porsche has just officially debuted its 918 Martini Racing wrap and has also announced that it expects big performance from its 918 model. This performance comes in the form of an expected lap time around the Nürburgring of less than 7:22.

That seems like an extremely fast time, we know, but that is also very conservative, considering the less powerful Porsche GT2 RS completed a lap around the famed raceway in 7:18. We anticipate a time nearer to the 7:15 mark than the 7:22 mark and we expect it to turn this lap time with some consistency.

Regardless of how far under the 7:22 mark the 918 comes, there is only one thing to say and that’s “Dayum, that’s fast.” Sub-7:22 times are only achieved by a small handful of cars, like the Viper ACR , Lexus LFA Nürburgring Edition and Gumpert Apollo Sport . That’s some pretty impressive company to keep for a newcomer onto the supercar scene, especially one that boasts an anticipated 78 mpg rating.

Hit the jump to read the official press release.

The Porsche 918 Spyder has become an extremely sought-after supercar, and considering that it’s still in its prototype stages, it’s become one of the most highly anticipated ones too.

Now we know how automakers are careful with divulging too much with their prototype models so they resort to the tried-and-tested method of dressing these models up in camouflage. Porsche has obviously done this on numerous occasions, but for the 918 Spyder, they’re taking a slightly different route.

Together with long-time partner Martini Racing , the German automaker has revisited the iconic Martini Porsche race cars by dressing up the 918 Spyder Prototype in the legendary Martini livery.
Development of the Porsche 918 Spyder is still ongoing with the car now moving its extensive testing phase to the Nurburgring. Apparently, riding around one of the most famous tracks in the world has conjured up nostalgic emotions and the result is one of the most awesome liveries to ever be dressed on a Porsche.

Hit the jump for more information on the Porsche 918 Spyder Martini Racing Prototype.

Porsche 918 Spyder

It’s only been a few days since we brought out a series of spy shots of the upcoming 918 Spyder wearing a very cool Martini Racing livery, and today it’s time for another testing session. Judging by the photos, this prototype was testing somewhere in Spain, and lucky for us, our spy photographers were able to take some pretty cool images of the interior, as well as more shots of the cool "Martini Hippie" livery previously used in the 917 race cars.

The first thing we noticed is the enormous center console that seems to be inspired by the console found in the Carrera GT , but it also gets a large LCD screen in the middle. A few dials and control interfaces are visible below the screen, but it’s clear that the large screen will be a touch screen.

Porsche has tried to keep everything camouflaged, but it’s also obvious there will be plenty of carbon fiber used for the upcoming supercar’s interior. Spy shots also reveal a red indicator that shows what gear the car is in and a few gauges that help the driver be in control of his vehicle. The sports seats also reveal the "918 Spyder " logo stitched into the headrest, but we bet the final product will look completely different. The tachometer appears to have a 9000rpm redline, and the word "Charge" also appears on it, while aluminum paddles complete the look.

As a reminder, the 918 Spyder will be powered by a 570 HP 4.7 liter V8 engine combined with two electric motors. The front motor is rated at 107 HP and the rear motor at 121 HP. With nearly 800 HP, the supercar will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in less than 3 seconds and will go up to a top speed of over 200mph.

Just the other day, we were able to snag a spy video of the upcoming Porsche 918 Spyder at the Nurburgring race track in Germany, but now it looks like the hybrid sports car has found its way to Valencia, Spain where not one, but three 918 Spyder prototypes were caught testing. One of the three prototypes appear to be the exact prototype our spy photographers caught testing at the Nurbrugring, but the addition of two other prototypes means that Porsche is extensively testing their next halo car before launching it on the market in September 2013.

The production version of the 918 Spyder will combine a race-derived 4.6-liter V8 engine with two electric motors for a total output of 762 HP and 552 lb-ft of torque. On the US market, the model will be priced at $845,000 and the European market will be able to snag it up for 645,000 Euro. The only problem is that there will only be 918 units of the Spyder built and they are already sold out!

A few days ago, we brought you a new series of spy shots for the upcoming Porsche 918 Spyder and today, two new videos have popped up that show the car in action at the famous Nurburgring race track. These two videos may be short, but they do provide a good idea as to how cool the 918’s engine sounds.

As a reminder, the 918 Spyder will be powered by a race-derived 4.6-liter V8 engine combined with two electric motors for a total output of 762 HP and 552 lb-ft of torque. The model will be offered with "spectacular solutions such as a full carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) monocoque with unit carrier, fully adaptive aerodynamics, adaptive rear-axle steering, and the upward-venting ’top pipes’ exhaust system." Sales will begin at the end of 2013 at a starting price of $845,000.

Hit the jump for the second video.

With Volkswagen buying out the rest of Porsche , there are definitely some changes afoot, but for the most part, the changes are going to be the same as we have known since before the buyout, err, “corporate restructuring.” The production line, fortunately, will not change under the new ownership, and we felt it was time to outline what Porsche has in store for us in the coming years.

The Pajun has been one of the most on-and-off models recently, as was the baby Boxster . The baby Boxster is all but eliminated from consideration, but the Pajun looks to be a distant possibility. Also in design and testing phase are the 918 Spyder and Macan models.

In planning we have “Project 960 ,” which is Porsche’s potential answer to Ferrari. This is far and away the most intriguing of the group, as it’s something that Porsche has lacked since its inception.

While many Porsche enthusiasts may complain about their beloved automaker expanding its lineup, it is clear that this expansion is to allow the super-exclusive automaker to hit its goal of 200,000 new vehicle sales by 2018. That is a rather lofty goal, but with controlled lineup expansion and no reduction in quality, this is attainable.

Click past the jump to read a more detailed summary on all of Porsche’s upcoming plans.

Porsche 918 Spyder

Porsche ’s next halo car, the 918 Spyder , just got done running some laps at the Nürburgring for the first time, and lucky for us, our spy photographers were right there to take advantage of the glorious opportunity. As you can see, this prototype went from the classic black exterior paint to a very cool white combined with some Martini stickers - a first for the 918.

The Porsche 918 Spyder will be powered by a race-derived 4.6-liter V8 engine combined with two electric motors for a total output of 762 HP and 552 lb-ft of torque. The model will be offered with "spectacular solutions such as a full carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) monocoque with unit carrier, fully adaptive aerodynamics, adaptive rear-axle steering, and the upward-venting “top pipes” exhaust system." For interested customers, Porsche will also be offering a Race Track package .

The new Porsche 918 Spyder is set to be unveiled in September 2013 with the first deliveries to be made by the end of the same year. The model will be priced at $845,000 in the U.S., but only 918 units will be produced.

Porsche 918 Spyder

Customers still have to wait more than a year until the Porsche 918 Spyder arrives on the market, but at this point, we know pretty much everything there is to know about the future hybrid supercar. Here’s another tidbit to add to the bunch: Autocar is reporting that the next 918 Spyder will be offered with a very cool Race Track package - sold at a premium price.

This package comes with a stripped-out interior and the option of being delivered paint-bare (no paint), details that will reduce the total weight by about 30 kilos/66 lbs. Porsche hopes that about 20% of all the 918 units to be sold will be ordered with this package.

The 918 Spyder will be powered by a race-derived 4.6-liter V8 engine combined with two electric motors for a total output of 762 HP and 552 lbs-ft of torque. The model will be priced at $845,000.

Source: Autocar

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