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 ’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.
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.
Both Chevrolet and Porsche have already confirmed the existence of the SS performance sedan and the 918 Spyder supercar respectively, but the details offered on both of these models are quite limited. Thank goodness for the internet because now we can tell you more about both models due to some new details that have popped up online!
As many probably know, the future Chevrolet SS will be built on the same architecture as the Camaro - an architecture that has already been thoroughly criticized for weighing too much. Chevrolet hopes to change that by working hard on reducing the total weight, a measure that will improve the car’s fuel efficiency, performance, and handling. In order to reduce the weight, Chevrolet will use high-strength steel, electric power steering, and lightweight suspension and interior components. The future SS will also benefit from new safety features like front-collision and blind-spot alert systems.
As for the Porsche 918 Spyder, recent tests proved the supercar can hit a top speed of 200 mph and can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in sub-3-second. Yep, that’s enough of an update for us!
We’re looking forward to finding out more on these two models, so stay tuned!
Porsche has just dropped a series of new official details and images on their upcoming 918 Sypder , and while we were reading the press release, our spy photographers sent us a new set of spy shots of the upcoming supercar. We’re guessing these photos were taken in the same place the "official" spy shots were taken, but our images show the car from a few more angles.
The future 918 Spyder is set to be unveiled at the end of September 2013 as planned, with the first customers receiving their vehicles before 2013 is out. It will combine a 4.6 liter V8 of combustion engine and two independent electric motors – one on the front axle and one in the drive line, acting on the rear wheels - for a total output of more than 770 HP according to Porsche. However, if rumors are true, then this Porsche will be dishing out somewhere in the 800 HP area (570 HP from the V8 engine, 120 HP from the rear electric motor, and 110 HP from the front one). The hybrid supercar will also have an impressive fuel economy of 3 liter per 100 kilometers and Porsche says it will come 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. "
All of that gets us truly hyped about this hybrid monster, but the Porsche 918 Spyder will be priced in the $850K area and only 918 units will be built, so don’t expect to see it on every street corner.
In the past few days, talks about Porsche have stemmed around the fact that they reported a net profit of €37 million (about $48.2 million) despite the fact that they had sold the remaining 50.1% stake of their core sports-car business to Volkswagen which took off €4.37 billion (about $5.7 billion) off their bottom line. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that Porsche is doing rather well in their endeavors and will be doing even better once their future 918 Spyder hits the pavement.
There hasn’t been much talk about the company’s first plug-in hybrid model in awhile and even though it is still a year away from its official debut, a few journalists were able to jump into the passenger seat of a rough prototype to see what it can do, including the folks from Wired.com who were kind enough to share their images of the Mad Maxx-looking prototype.
As Porsche has already confirmed, the 918 Spyder production version will drop the concept’s 3.4 liter V8 engine in favor of a new 4.6 liter version based on the RS Spyder LMP2 race car. This engine will deliver a total of 570 HP and will be combined with three electric motors that will increase the total output to an impressive 770 HP. These numbers will be enough to get the car from 0 to 60 mph in less than 3 seconds and from 0 to 124 mph in less than 9 seconds. Top speed will sit at 202 mph, but when it is running solely on electricity, that top speed will jump down to 90 mph.
Porsche has unveiled a pretty cool video presenting their stand at the 2012 Autosport International Show held in Birmingham , England. Porsche launched the 2012 Carrera Cup GB and GT3 Cup Challenge race series, as well as showed off the 918 RSR and the new 911 Carrera for the first time in the UK.
Porsche’s presence at the Autosport is pretty important considering this event is kind of a kick-off for the motorsport year - an area where Porsche has a lot to say. Our favorite, of course, is the 918 RSR - a race car that will deliver about 600 HP, while hitting a top speed of 200mph and taking off from 0-60 mph in less than 3.0 seconds. The Porsche 918 RSR will begin competing in 2013.
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.