Porsche 918 Spyder gets ready to take on LaFerrari and McLaren P1: Debuts at Frankfurt
Porsche had showcased its 918 Spyder concept at the Geneva Motor Show. After over 3 years, Porsche is finally ready to introduce 918 Spyder production version at the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show 2013. Expected to carry a price tag of $845,000, this one will compete with Ferrari LaFerrari and McLaren P1.
The total power output of 918 Spyder stands at 875 hp. It will be able to accelerate from 0 to 100 kmph in 2.8 seconds and from 0 to 200 kmph in 7.9 seconds while reaching a top speed of over 340 kmph. Despite this outstanding performance, the car itself will be low on fuel consumption and auto emissions, which stand at 3.3 liters per 100 km and 79 g/km of CO2 respectively.
Porsche is expected to begin production of 918 Spyder on 9/18/2013 (18th Sep 2013). Production is limited to 918 units. Besides showcasing the 918 Spyder, Porsche stands will also see the new 911 Turbo and Turbo S in attendance along with ’50 years 911’ Special Edition. Scroll through the press release below for more information.
PORSCHE 918 SPYDER CELEBRATES WORLD DEBUT AT FRANKFURT
- A spectacular technology pioneer, the Porsche 918 Spyder enters series production
- The 887 hp plug-in hybrid V8 super sports car ushers in a new era, combining high dynamic performance with great efficiency – 0-62 mph in 2.8 secs and up to 94 mpg
- Fifty years ago, the 911 made its debut at the Frankfurt Show; Porsche celebrates this anniversary with a special limited ’50 Years 911’ edition
- The latest evolution of another icon will also make its public debut – the new 911 Turbo
The Porsche 918 Spyder is celebrating its debut at the International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt, Germany, 10 – 22 September. The super sports car with plug-in hybrid drive is not only a technology pioneer but also marks the beginning of a new era for sports car manufacturing. Never before has a super sports car designed for everyday use offered such an impressive bandwidth of dynamic performance combined with the fuel consumption of a compact car.
In setting this technological benchmark, the Porsche 918 Spyder is taking on a pioneering role similar to that of the 911 when it was first unveiled at the IAA 50 years ago. Appropriately, in honour of this anniversary, Porsche is presenting the limited edition “50 years 911″ model. Based on the 911 Carrera S, this latest version of the iconic coupe combines traditional 911 features with state-of-the-art technology. On the subject of icons, Porsche is completing its line-up of sports cars at Frankfurt with the public unveiling of the new 911 Turbo – which, in turn, is 40 years after the turbocharged 911 was first shown.
In addition, the new generation of the Panamera Gran Turismo underlines the unique breadth of the Porsche range today. As the first plug-in hybrid in the luxury car market segment, the Panamera S E-Hybrid is further proof that Porsche is leading the field with its expertise in the development of fuel-efficient powertrain concepts for sports cars.
The outstanding combination of performance and efficiency for which Porsche is renowned remains consistently attractive to customers. Matthias Müller, President and CEO of Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG recently said, “From January to July, we were able deliver around 95,300 new vehicles worldwide – that’s 17% more than in the first seven months of 2012. We are therefore very confident about the next few months and we now firmly believe we will have sold more vehicles by the end of 2013 than we did in the previous year. Based on how things are going at the moment, we are set to have another record year – and that’s in spite of the fact that the present economic climate is far from satisfactory.”
2012 was the most successful year to date in the history of Porsche, with 143,096 vehicles sold and sales revenue of Euro 13.9 billion.
The Porsche genetic blueprint for the future: 918 Spyder with high-performance hybrid
The 918 Spyder is the continuation of the traditional Porsche DNA in a ground-breaking sports car concept. Designed from the start to be a high-performance hybrid, the 918 Spyder boasts an unprecedented combination of performance (offering the 887 hp output of a super sports car) and the virtually silent motion of an electric vehicle. The vehicle is able to accelerate from 0 – 62 mph in 2.8 seconds and offers an average standard fuel consumption of between 94 mpg and 85 mpg. The 918 Spyder also allows a combustion engine to be combined with an electric motor-based drive to further optimise the dynamic performance of the vehicle.
A sports car icon celebrates its anniversary with the ‘50 years 911’ edition
Since its debut at the IAA in September 1963, the 911 has been considered by its many devoted fans around the world as the quintessential sports car, the benchmark for all others. The rear-engined, six cylinder coupe is celebrating its 50th anniversary in Frankfurt, and Porsche is marking the occasion with a limited edition model based on the current 911 Carrera S.
Only 1963 will be available – the same number as the year of the 911 world premiere – each distinguished by a comprehensive features package and visual styling cues that hint at the early years of the model. This very special 911 exclusively combines the wide body of the all-wheel drive Carrera 4 models with the rear-wheel drive configuration of the original 911; which also featured a charismatic, rear-mounted flat-six engine driving the rear wheels.
The new 911 Turbo: maximum driving dynamics, minimum fuel consumption
The first 911 Turbo prototype was showcased at the IAA in Frankfurt in 1973, ten years after the original 911 made its debut. For the 40th anniversary of the model, Porsche is presenting the new generation 911 Turbo and Turbo S, which sit at the pinnacle of technology and dynamic performance in the 911 range. Features like the new all-wheel drive chassis with active rear-axle steering, adaptive aerodynamics, full-LED headlights and a 560 hp flat-six engine with twin turbocharging underscore the role of the new 911 Turbo models as the technological benchmark both for race cars and sports cars intended for everyday use.
The dynamic performance has also been heightened via the active Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC) anti-roll system, which is making its first appearance in the 911 Turbo models. This feature is part of the standard equipment for the 911 Turbo S, alongside the Sport Chrono package with dynamic engine mountings and Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes (PCCB), all of which are also available as options on the 911 Turbo. Combined, these dynamic attributes reduce the lap time of the new 911 Turbo S around the Nürburgring-Nordschleife to 7:27 minutes. At the same time, both sporting coupes are more efficient with a New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) fuel consumption of 29.1 mpg, 15% lower than before.
Speaking about rivals, LaFerrari and McLaren P1, in a recent interaction with CAR Magazine, James Eastwood, Porsche Production Manager, said, “Although our car is heavier, its technology makes the car faster on the road and track. In rear-drive cars like our competitors, you still have to do all your braking in a straight line, compromising corner-entry speed. Thanks to the 918’s torque-vectoring and independently-driven front wheels, we can maintain better drive and achieve far higher entry and mid-corner speed.”
Speaking about the number of units to which the production of the 918 Spyder is limited, Eastwood says, “We can’t confirm sales numbers, but even though we are producing far more cars than LaFerrari (499) and McLaren P1 (375) we’re not worried about selling 918 examples being a problem. Our last limited-edition supercar – the Carrera GT – sold 1,275 units.”
We don’t know how the Porsche 918 Spyder is to drive, but one person does know and you can see him in action in the video below. But first, have a look at the hi-res images in the gallery below.