However, those attending last weekend’s 2013 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance were treated with an early look at the car--in full production trim. If you weren’t privileged enough to make it over to Monterey, we have some photos for you.
The car’s specifications have been locked in and the first examples are expected to be delivered to customers early in the new year. Peak output registers at 887 horsepower and 940 pound-feet of torque, which is generated by a V-8 engine working together with two electric motors. One of the motors is mated with the engine and a seven-speed PDK dual-clutch transmission, and helps spin the rear wheels, while the second is used to spin the front wheels.
In this way, the 918 Spyder benefits from a through-the-road hybrid all-wheel-drive system, while its rivals like the aforementioned P1 and LaFerrari are strictly rear-drivers. This has come at a cost however, as the Porsche weighs a portly 3,715 pounds (an available ‘Weissach’ package brings that figure down to 3,616 pounds) versus the approximate 3,000-pound weight of the rivals. Owners can still expect blistering performance, like a 0-62 mph time of just 2.8 seconds and a top speed of at least 211 mph.
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