The Porsche 918 Spyder
deserves the credit for forging the hybrid supercar territory now being trodden by Ferrari and McLaren, even if the car's venture to market has been a long one. But that lag time between concept and production may have allowed Porsche some time to tweak the final product in order to better compete with its rivals.
According to an 918 Spyder buyer at Ferrarichat (via Teamspeed
), the hybrid super-Porsche's output will grow from its previously quoted 795 horsepower to 875 horsepower or more. That's still shy of the P1's 903 horsepower
and the LaFerrari's 950 horsepower
, but at these stratospheric figures, it's as much about how it's delivered to the road as the absolute number.
The Spyder will also achieve a Nürburgring lap time of less than seven minutes, according to the future owner. That's at least 14 seconds quicker than Porsche has previously claimed for the 918.
Four-wheel steering, an all-electric range of 150 km (93 miles) on electricity alone, and will arrive in final production form at the Frankfurt auto show in September according to the buyer.
If you're worried this guy might be a bit biased because of his pre-order of the Porsche, he tells us to fear not: he has ordered all three of these hybrid supercars.
It's OK to be jealous. We are.