It has already been confirmed that Porsche will be bringing the production version of the 918 Spyder to all of the eager Porsche hybrid fans in 2014. Everyone is expecting the production version to have the same power as found in the concept version unveiled this year at the Geneva Motor Show and recently to potential clients at the Pebble Beach Concours. What those people don’t know is that the production 918 Spyder might get a little more oomph before its production debut.
The concept 918 Spyder is powered by a V8 engine delivering more than 500 hp and three electric motors with an overall output of 218hp. The rumors circulating about the production model say that the power and displacement of the petrol engine will be increased. In addition to the increase in power, insiders at the Pebble Beach event also suggest that the 918 is being developed wearing Boxster and Cayman bodies and will be offered in both hard-top and soft-top forms. The changes don’t end there, however. The concept’s 22-inch alloys will be dropped and side mirrors will replace the concept’s camera. The side exhausts will also be moved around to the rear.
Getting excited yet? Well, we only have about three and a half years to wait for it, but not all interested parties will be able to get one. Porsche will be limiting the production to a total of 1200 units, each carrying a price tag of £400,000 (around $625K at the current exchange rates).
During this past weekend the Porsche 918 Spyder made its appearance at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. However, a few days before that the car made its driving debut on a closed road in Monterey California. Behind the wheel was Porsche AG Design Chief Michael Mauer.
The 918 Spyder is powered by a V8 engine delivering more than 500 hp and three electric motors with overall output of 218hp. The engine emits just 70 grams CO2 per kilometer and has a fuel consumption of just 3.0 liters/100 kilometers (94 mpg imp). Despite this, the car’s performances are impressive. The sprint from 0 to 60 mph is made in just under 3.2 seconds while top speed goes to 198 mph. The most impressive performance number for the Porsche would have to be its lap time on the Nordschleife of Nürburgring of less than 7:30 minutes. This is faster than even the Porsche Carrera GT .
We may not have been able to attend the Pebble Beach Concours , but, thankfully, TeamSpeed was. And, not only did they attend, but they already have some pictures that are worth splattering all over the place; pictures of the Porsche 918 Spyder as it is shown off at a private Porsche event.
There’s no way Porsche can hold this car back from the production line. Well, okay, there is one way. It’s rumored that the prototype Spyder took five months and $20 million to build! That may be a small kink in Porsche’s plans that will hopefully be fixed.
The production 918 Spyder will feature a complete carbon fiber shell as did the concept, but will have an aluminum front end to comply with U.S. safety standards. On the inside, the Porsche already has a beautiful touchscreen center console and camera rear view mirrors.
The Porsche 918 Spyder is powered by a V8 engine delivering more than 500 hp and three electric motors with an overall output of 218hp. The engine emits just 70 grams CO2 per kilometer and has a fuel consumption of just 3.0 liters/100 kilometers (94 mpg imp). It can make the 0 to 60 mph sprint in just under 3.2 seconds while its top speed goes to 198 mph. The Spyder can also produce a lap time on the Nordschleife of Nürburgringseven minutes and 20 seconds , which is faster than even the Porsche Carrera GT .
Check out the photos for the Porsche 918 Spyder that are hot off the press!
When Porsche unveiled the 918 Spyder Concept , they announced it would have a better Nurburgring time compared to the Carrera GT supercar. Of course, at that time, no one expected that the time would catapult to being a full eight seconds faster.
Originally, Porsche claimed that the Carrera GT would have a ’ring time of 7:32. The Carrera GT surprised them with an actual time of 7:28. This time, Porsche estimated that the 918 Spyder would have a time of 7:30 and their vehicle surprised them yet again with a time of 7:20. Porsche may not have a good reputation for calculating potential ’ring times, but their cars sure have a good reputation for clobbering them.
The 918 Spyder is powered by a V8 engine delivering more than 500 hp and three electric motors with overall output of 218hp. The engine emits just 70 grams CO2 per kilometer and has a fuel consumption of just 3.0 liters/100 kilometers (94 mpg imp). Despite this, the car’s performances are impressive: the sprint from 0 to 60 mph is done in just under 3.2 seconds, while top speed goes to 198 mph.
All we can say about this is that we are happy that Porsche has decided to take thePorsche 918 Spyder to production as a limited edition supercar. It should be beautiful and powerful, and Porsche has made sure the price tag will match it. It is estimated that the Porsche 918 Spyder will cost about $650,000. Someone really rich is going to enjoy this car.
Porsche, Porsche, Porsche. That’s all we have been hearing lately and we couldn’t be more excited about it. Some might consider Porsche’s trip down the hybrid lane as a bit of a betrayal against its sporting roots, but we see it as a natural progression that every automaker, no matter how sporting, will need to make eventually. And Porsche is very proud of their achievements as they will showcase their three rockin’ hybrids during the Monterey Peninsula Automotive Week from August 9-15th, 2010.
The Porsche 911 GT3 Hybrid, the Porsche Spyder concept, and the Porsche Cayenne Hybrid will all be on display sometime during the maniacal stream of events taking place during this automotive week. The Porsche 911 GT3 Hybrid will be on display at the Porsche Zentrum on August 12-15th, 2010. The Porsche Zentrum is a specially-built facility open to visitors and is located on the compounds of the Pebble Beach Lodge. The 911 GT3 Hybrid will also be on display at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion at the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca on Saturday, August 14th with another appearance on Sunday, August 15th at the Pebble Beach Concours. The 911 will be joined at the Pebble Beach Concours by the Porsche Spyder Concept which will be the highlight of the weekend as it makes its first North American debut. However, the three hybrids will not be the only ones on display.
As part of Porsche ’s 60 years in the automotive business, Porsche will be bringing a collection of its classic and contemporary models to be displayed throughout the week. The Quail Lodge will be the temporary home of a few rare Porsche models such as a 1955 and 1958 356 Speedster, a 1960 356 B Carrera, 2000 GS Carrera GT, and a 1962 356 Carrera 2 Cabrio. Newer Porsche models will also be on hand for consumer test drives during this beauty packed weekend.
Good news for Porsche lovers, the German automaker has decided to put the 918 into production. The 918 was first seen at this year’s Geneva Motor Show with a plug-in hybrid motor that could manage 78 miles per gallon, or so they claimed.
The concept car used a 500-horsepower V8, along with a pair of electric motors with 109 horsepower each. There was also a lithium-ion battery back that could give drivers 16 miles of emissions-free driving. We don’t except that crazy engine setup to change when the car is put into production.
We have heard a few rumors that suggest the 918 Spyder will cost $650,000, but it should qualify for tax credit, not that it means much. The $7,500 credit won’t do much to soften the blow. This car makes even a Ferrari 612 seem cheap. You could buy a Nissan Leaf to be green and an Aston Martin DBS for fun and still have money left over before you reach the price tag of the 918.
Next month Porsche will bring the production version of the 918 Spyder unveiled at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show. However until we’ve seen the final thing we will continue to speculate. Today’s rumors are that the next supercar will be priced at 500,000 euros ($630,000). That’s $190k more than the Carrera GT which is priced at $440,000.
According to aPorsche insider there are more than 2000 clients interested in the future hybrid car. It will feature a 500-HP V8 engine and an electric drive-systems that will allow the vehicle to run up to 25 kilometers on electric power. It will be capable of hitting a top speed of 199 mph. All this while emitting no more than 70 grams of CO2 per kilometer on fuel consumption and with a fuel consumption of of three liters per 100 kilometers.
"The Spyder will become Porsche’s new supercar showpiece project," said Stefan Bratzel, director of the Center of Automotive at the University of Applied Sciences in Bergisch- Gladbach, Germany. "It unites Porsche’s high-performance engineering with intelligent drive technology."
Back in April Wolfgang Duerheimer said: "We need 1,000 seriously interested people to make a sound business case." He was referring to a possible production version of the Porsche 918 Spyder unveiled at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show.
Thankfully, only a few months later, Porsche has officially announced that they have received the necessary numbers of letters of interest from potential customers to allow the hybrid supercar to go into production. Porsche will even be preparing an official order book for the hybrid supercar.
A production version is expected to be unveiled in August at Pebble Beach where customers will be able to place cash deposits for their vehicle. Can we say, "ChaChing?"
In an interview with AutoCar, a Porsche source said: "The car will be there, but product announcement is still in discussion. We are still on the way to finalizing the figures. There is no one inside Porsche who doesn’t want to build the 918, the response has been marvelous."
The 918 Spyder is powered by a V8 engine delivering more than 500 hp and three electric motors with an overall output of 218hp. The engine emits just 70 grams of CO2 per kilometer and has a fuel consumption of just 3.0 liters/100 kilometers (94 mpg imp). Despite this, the car’s performances are impressive: the sprint from 0 to 60 mph is just under 3.2 seconds, top speed of 198 mph, and a lap time on the Nordschleife of Nürburgring in less than 7:30 minutes, faster than even thePorsche Carrera GT .
If Porsche decided to build a production version of the new 918 Spyder , then there would most likely be a GT1 version of it. Now, let’s take that idea a step further to say that if a production version were to be revealed in 2012, the GT1 version (or the 918 RSR) would come out in 2013. How’s that for a timeline?
The 918 RSR model will race the same competitions as the classical 917 race car. It will drop the electric motors, but will retain the KERS and the 500hp V8. Sin ce the GT1 regulates no more than 600hp, Porsche may remove air-restrictors from the engine to boost the output to 600hp. The "918 RSR" will be able to hit a top speed of 200mph and will make the 0 to 60 mph sprint in than 3.0 seconds.
It will feature a wider track, redesigned front and rear diffusers, as well as a fixed hard-top roof and a huge rear wing. The liveries on these images were created based off of the classic Porsche liveries and designed to compete in the GT1 class.
The incredible part to this rendering is that it was created by a 13-year-old who just so happens to be a Porsche fanatic. Yeah, the artist is 13. Nice job, kid!
Porsche unveiled the Porsche 918 Spyder concept car at the Geneva Motor Show back in March. It was a mid-engined two-seater that combined the performance of a super-sports car with the CO2 emissions of a small compact. Shortly after, Porsche announced plansto build a production version , but they had only 900 customers interested in the car which was about 100 order short of their goal number. This made the decision on sending the Porsche to production a difficult one. However, it seems that the ProConcept voters are still trying to win over consumers to get the orders needed because the German magazine, Auto Motor Und Sport, reported today that Porsche will unveil a pre-production version at the 2011 Nurburgring 24 Hour Race.