Beverly Hills Porsche is pleased to announce the Porsche 918 Spyder has been green lighted for development and production. The concept car that has had the showroom and all of Los Angeles buzzing with anticipation is finally announced as a reality.
In a press release issued today, Porsche confirmed its intentions to build the super car. The 918 Spyder will be equipped with a plug-in hybrid power-train that consists of two electric motors located on the front and rear axle with a combined output of 218 HP and a 3.4L V8 gasoline engine which is mid-mounted and could develop 500 HP. This leads to an incredible estimated total power output of 718 HP.
With this hybrid power-train the Porsche 918 should be able to sprint from 0 to 62 MPH in just 3.2 seconds and it could reach a top speed of 198 MPH. Porsche claims this hybrid super-car will return a fuel consumption of 78 mpg with a CO2 emissions level of just 79 g/km.
Early guess-ti-ments the Porsche 918 spyder will be priced at around $630,000.
Official Press release
In its session today, the Supervisory Board of Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, Stuttgart, gave the green light for series development of the Porsche 918 Spyder. Reflecting the overwhelming response from the public and customers to the Concept Study, the Supervisory Board gave Porsche’s Board of Management the mission to develop a production model based on the car already presented. This concept version of an ultra-high-performance mid-engined sports car with plug-in hybrid technology made its debut at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show and at Auto China in Bejing, hitting the headlines worldwide. Michael Macht, President and Chairman of the Board of Management of Porsche AG: “Production of the 918 Spyder in a limited series proves that we are taking the right approach with Porsche Intelligent Performance featuring the combination of supreme performance and efficient drivetrain concepts. We will develop the 918 Spyder in Weissach and assemble it in Zuffenhausen. This is also a very important commitment to Germany as a manufacturing base.” The Concept Study of the 918 Spyder allows CO2 emissions of just 70 g/km, corresponding to fuel consumption of 3.0 litre/100 km (94.1 mpg imp) in the NEDC, on the one hand, and the performance of a super-sports car, on the other. This extremely efficient drivetrain technology then forms a symbiosis in the 918 Spyder with truly outstanding design and high-tech motorsport achievements. Further product details of the 918 Spyder will be disclosed in the months to come.
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