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.
gallery: Porsche 918 RSR Racing Lab
gallery: Porsche 918 Spyder Concept
Exterior and Interior
Both concepts, the Spyder and the RSR Racing, feature a pretty impressive exterior design. However, for the production version, the design will get a little more realistic, meaning we won’t see the side exhaust system or that huge rear wing. We can probably forget about those killer 22" wheels too. Those are probably not going to happen. If we take a good hard look at the concept car, we can all probably see the normal version of this bedazzled ride, and maybe one that some of us will be driving in a few year. If we’re lucky, that is.
The interior will lose that racer feel, but still get sports bucket seats, a touch-sensitive surface for intuitive control of the car’s functions, and a three-spoke multifunction sports steering wheel. Lots of carbon fiber insertions and aluminum elements will also be offered.
The concept versions feature a pretty impressive hybrid drive system, but putting one into production with elements such as a flywheel accumulator are impossible and would make the price skyrocket. This is why we expect to see a conventional engine offered, and maybe a hybrid version built in a limited edition as seen on Mercedes ’ SLS AMG , for example.
Regardless of engine setup, the production version should develop around 600 HP, and will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in less than 3 seconds with top speed in the 200 mph area.
When Can I Buy One?
We expect to see a production version revealed by the end of 2012, with sales beginning in early 2013. What will the price be for this monster? Probably a lot more than most of us can afford. What’s that old saying? "If you have to ask about the price, then you probably can’t afford it." Yeah, that will more than likely apply here.
The list of competitors for the Porsche 918 Coupe should include models like the Mercedes SLS AMG , the Lamborghini Gallardo , and the Aston Martin DB9 . Of course, the SLS AMG will no doubt be one of the strongest competitors. It is powered by a 6.3-liter V8 engine located front-mid that develops 571 hp and up to 650 Nm of torque. Mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, this engine sprints the car from 0 to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds, while top speed is 197 mph. This car could clearly give the Porsche a run for its money, but the Porsche’s extra power output will probably help it out in this scenario.
Cool exterior design
Impressive performance numbers
Limited edition, expensive
No wheels from concept put into production