Porsche 918 Spyder into production; official debut at Pebble Beach
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.