Porsche announces pricing and details for 918 Spyder Hybrid Supercar

Porsche announces pricing and details for 918 Spyder Hybrid Supercar

It will still be at least two years before Porsche’s new 918 Spyder hybrid supercar reaches production, but that’s not stopping the German carmaker from putting a price tag on it and opening the order book.

The 918 Spyder is to be the most expensive model ever built by Porsche with European prices starting from €645,000 ($1.24m NZD). That’s a large chunk of change to say the least but for the money buyer’s will get the latest hybrid tech and the natural successor to the iconic Carerra GT.

Production of the 918 Spyder will take place at Porsche’s Zuffenhausen plant in Germany starting from September 18, 2013, with first deliveries to commence in November 2013. Porsche plans to limit production of the two-seater model to no more than 918 units worldwide.

The 918 Spyder is closely modeled after the concept study seen at last year’s Geneva Motor Show. However, the production version will not have a full open-top look, instead it will go with removable roof panels that can be stowed in the front luggage compartment. Other differences from the concept include the addition of exterior mirrors and the removal of the side exhaust tail pipes.

The production 918 will be built around a carbon fibre-reinforced plastic monocoque and will stick with the plug-in hybrid drivetrain. This system uses a V8 gasoline engine with a displacement likely exceeding four liters and output of more than 370kW plus two electric motors – one each on the front and rear axle that will have a combined output of at least 162kW. The V8 engine puts its power to the rear wheels through a seven-speed dual clutch transmission.

The electric motors can be charged from a conventional domestic power socket, delivering a range in excess of 25 km running purely on electric power. In Europe the charging time for the batteries will be approximately three hours but this may differ in various countries . A quick charging option is also planned to further reduce charging time.

According to Porsche, the 918 Spyder’s combined total fuel consumption in the European driving cycle is estimated at an amazing 3.0 l/100 km, with CO2 emissions of just 70 g/km.

In terms of performance the production 918 Spyder should accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.2 seconds and hit a top speed of more than 320 km/h. Porsche said the Spyder will be able to lap the Nürburgring in “less than seven minutes and 30 seconds”, compared to the Carrera GT which requires seven minutes and 32 seconds.

Check back for more details on the Porsche 918 Spyder as they come to light.


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