First Images of Porsche 918 Spyder Revealed
After testing the prototypes at secret locations in Europe, the Stuttgart based automaker finally revealed new images of its 2014 Porsche 918 Spyder, which indicates that the wait for Porsche’s most radical sports car is over. The concept of this new model was first shown at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show. A plug-in hybrid supercar, the 918 Spyder will enter production in September, 2013, and the automaker made clear that the first customer deliveries will take place before the end of 2013. The new supercar is powered by a 4.0 liter mid-mounted V8 gasoline engine with a maximum output that exceeds 500-horses. It allows driving the rear wheels through a 7-speed dual clutch transmission, with two electric motors, one on each axle, with a joint output of at least 218-horses.
While the system’s combined output exceeds 770 hp, the Porsche 918 Spyder, in return provides a fuel consumption of just 3.0lt/100km (78.4mpg US or 94.2mpg UK). It proves the electric motors used in the car alone can power it for around 25 km. According to the company sources, the vehicle is expected to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 3.2 seconds with a top speed of more than 320 km/h (199 mph). The flagship model of Porsche is built around a carbon fibre-reinforced plastic monocoque and also features fully adaptive aerodynamics and an adaptive rear-axle steering. Besides, the styling tweaks remain same to an extent when compared with the original concept vehicle. Additional features include the new headlamp fixtures, different wheels, the addition of full size exterior mirrors, the subtly redesigned rear end and the relocation of the exhaust pipes from the sides to the top part of the engine compartment.
In U.S., excluding destination and handling, prices will start at $845,000 (equal to €655,000) while in Europe; it starts from €645,000 (equal to $835,400).