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Porsche Releases Latest Specs For Upcoming 918 Spyder

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Earlier this month the first prototypes for the 2014 Porsche 918 Spyder started testing at secret locations around Europe, and today Porsche has released its own batch of photos of one of the prototypes and confirmed some of the car’s final specs.

Development is now in the later stages though these initial prototypes will continue to evolve until closer to the start of production, which Porsche remains adamant will commence in September of next year.

Porsche has also confirmed that the first customers will receive their completed cars before 2013 is out.

The prototypes, their camouflage harking back to historical Porsche 917 racing cars, signal the final touches to the 918 Spyder. The focus now is on the interplay between the highly sophisticated individual drive components.

While many of the car’s details were revealed with the unveiling of a concept version back in 2010, Porsche has announced today that the production version will feature an enlarged 4.6-liter V-8 engine pumping out close to 570 horsepower. The original concept featured a V-8 with a displacement of only 3.2 liters.

This engine will be matched to an electric motor in parallel and both of these power sources will be used to spin the rear axle only, either together or independently. A second electric motor will also feature and power the front axle exclusively. The combined output of the system should be around 770 horsepower, according to Porsche. The layout will also provide the option of two- and four-wheel drive modes.

Owners will be able to top up the car’s 6.8 kWh lithium-ion battery at home and this should provide an electric-only driving range of about 15 miles and top speed of 93 mph. A brake-energy recovery system working in conjunction with the standard carbon ceramic brake discs will be able to increase that driving range, however. Overall, Porsche is predicting 0-60 times for its 918 Spyder of under 3.0 seconds and a top speed in excess of 202 mph when all power sources are working. The best part is that fuel economy could be as high as 78 mpg.

The sleek, aerodynamic shape is also very close to the concept version of the car, though there are some subtle differences. Relocating the exhaust outlets from the side of the car, as on the concept, to the top of the engine bay, could be about keeping the batteries or other components cool and comfortable.

Inside, there will be seating for only two but a removable two-piece targa roof should add an airy feel to the cabin. The car’s body is mostly carbon fiber reinforced plastic and so is its monocoque chassis.

The suspension, meanwhile, will consist of double wishbones at the front and a multi-link setup in the rear. Porsche has confirmed that an electro-mechanical power steering will be used, though the rear wheels will have their own automatic electromechanical system for individual rear wheel steering.

Now that the mechanical package has largely been finalized, Porsche is mostly focused on the complex software systems to ensure all the individual components of the car work in harmony.

Porsche first gave the 918 Spyder the green light for production back in July, 2010, after reaching a 1,000-buyer threshold the company had set as the benchmark for sufficient interest to support production. The order books opened on the car in March, 2011, at a price of $845,000. In case you’re interested you had better act fast as only 918 individual examples are planned for production.
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Comments (7)
  1. Well, the future of high performance car has arrived, and again it came in the form of a Porsche. If the specs are right, not other exotic would come even close, and all people with the right money will want to have one...
     
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  2. Well, the new Ferrari flagship is due out at the end of this year and McLaren's F1 successor is also due soon - both of these will have some kind of hybrid tech. The Porsche would definitely be third on my list with these two around.
     
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  3. Damien,
    The Ferrari with Kers Technology is expected to make 25mpg at a price of 660000E, ($770K)(http://www.wired.com/autopia/2010/03/ferrari-hy-kers/). Info is not very clear about the McLaren F1, but according to http://triplehelixblog.com/2011/02/ford-meets-formula-1-racing-innovations-hold-promise-for-automotive-market/, KERS technology in McLaren will increase MPG by 10 units and the price: 900000E ($1.08M.) The figures speak for themselves. But I know that when it comes to likes or dislikes, the meeting of the minds doesn't go exactly by simple numbers, yet you are invited to reconsider :-)
     
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  4. True, but consider what buyers in this category are really interested in - the badge, looks and speed. I strongly suspect the Ferrari will be the winner in all three categories. As much as I loved the Carrera GT, the Enzo was always the car that excited me more, and I'm sure the same will be true for this latest crop of cars.

    Also, mileage would also be the last thing I consider when buying a supercar.
     
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  5. and thats what i love about cars, their abilities to split opinions.
    I have been for a drive in a Ferrari Enzo in Monaco and a Carrera GT in Stutgart, and i can tell you all round the Porche is a far better and more acomplished machine. I have every faith that the 918 will be the same and be the car of choice for the car driver as opposed to the Ferrari being the one for the jsut the collector.
     
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  6. Damien,
    The economic crisis today is for the middle class basically. The exotic car businness is doing better today than ever before. Why would they need to build a more sophisticated, expensive, and likely to break vehicle then? The answer is simple: Ferrari, Porsche and Mc Laren are adopting hybrid technologies not because of environmental concerns or high gas prices, it is (quoting the Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Gosn) simply what consumers want today...
     
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  7. WizardsLore, I couldn't agree more. You know, when one tends to generalize, you are liable of being inaccurate. However, I would dare to say that Porsche is perhaps the only brand that produces exotic cars that are also daily driving machines i.e. with the reliability of a Honda Civic. Porsche have been working on the 918 for a while, and their K.E.R.S. technology was successfully tested in Le Mans last year. It's simple: A car that allows you to drive to work everyday in style making over 70mpg and you take it to the track on the weekend and have fun at 200mph sounds like a dream machine to me, or the revolution in the automovilistic world (btw, this is Adalberto Burke)
     
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