James Eastwood Sheds Some More Light on the Porsche 918 Spyder
In a recent interview with British magazine CAR, Porsche’s product manager James Eastwood offered new details on the company’s new limited-edition supercar: the 918 Spyder. According to Eastwood, the company has no plans in transforming the 918 Spyder into a competitor for models like LaFerrari or McLaren P1.
Eastwood said that the 918 Spyder is heavier at 3,747 pounds and a little less powerful, but more fuel efficient than both the other two supercars. Also, he said that in “certain conditions” the 918 Spyder will be a little bit faster than the P1 and Laferrari. It will be especially faster in and out of corners, thanks to its Torque Vectoring.
The 918 Spyder will also be offered with the same four-wheel-steering system we saw in the GT3; in fact, the system was developed for the 918 and adopted to the GT3.
The 918 Spyder is priced at about $845,000 for the base model, or $929,000 when equipped with the Weissach Package. Even with the price hike, half of the customer opted for this package because it reduces the car’s total weight by 110 pounds. Eastwood confirmed one more time that even though the model is still not sold out like the other two supercars, the company is not worried that it won’t manage to sell them all.
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The 918 Spyder was previewed by a concept car wearing the same name at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show and since then, lots of prototypes have been caught testing. The production version is rumored to remain basically identical to the concept car, but it will be adapted for road-driving conditions.
The model will be powered by a 580-horsepower V-8 engine with a pair of electric motors – one powering the front axle and one on the rear – that pump out 85 kW (114 horsepower) and 95 kW (127 horsepower), respectively. This system will sprint the supercar from 0 to 60 mph in less than 3 seconds and up to a top speed of 202 mph – all estimated specs, of course.
The production Porsche 918 Spyder will be unveiled in September 2013.