Porsche 918 Spyder future sportscar will claim $845,000 price tag once it is launched next year (Photos & Video)

Porsche 918 Spyder 2013 variant has officially entered testing phase. Production of this futuristic sportscar will commence sometime in September 2013 while buyers can avail of this spectacular plug in hybrid car by the end of next year. It will possess a 500 hp 4.0 liter V8 engine with two electric motors. Porsche has already confirmed its price to start at $845,000 a piece.

Technology is at a new level in this model. Seen with a full carbon reinforced plastic monocoque with unit carrier and fully adaptive aerodynamics, adaptive rear axle steering and upward vents on exhaust system, the 918 Spyder offers an insight into Porsche Intelligent Performance. Recharge rimes will run to about 7 hours using an 110V wall current while this time will drop to half using a dedicated 220 volt charger.

918 Spyder will propel from 0 to 60 mph in 3.1 seconds and will have a maximum speed of 199 miles per hour. It will be able to reach upto 94 mph, when only on electric power. The company claims that 918 Spyder will offer high level of efficiency (33.33 kmpl) and performance. Though it is still under trial, the company is satisfied with what the engines have to offer and say that it is meeting their expectations.

However auto enthusiasts and Posche fans have more than a year to go before this vehicle is seen in showrooms.

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918 Spyder prototypes commence trials

Stuttgart. The Porsche 918 Spyder is on the road: Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, Stuttgart, has taken the driving trials of the super sports car of the future a step further with completion of the initial prototypes. The 918 Spyder will go into production at the end of September 2013 as planned, with the first customers receiving their vehicles before 2013 is out. “What we are doing with the 918 Spyder is redefining driving fun, efficiency and performance,” said Wolfgang Hatz, Member of the Executive Board Research and Development of Porsche AG.

The prototypes, their camouflage harking back to historical Porsche 917 racing cars, signal the final touches to the 918 Spyder. The focus is on the interplay between the highly sophisticated individual drive components. The combination of combustion engine and two independent electric motors – one on the front axle and one in the drive line, acting on the rear wheels – poses completely new demands on the development of the operating strategies. “They are therefore a critical component in this vehicle into which we have put all of our expertise and capacity for innovation,” said Wolfgang Hatz. These operating strategies and the development of the software to go with them are one of Porsche’s core competences. Both of them have a major influence on the extreme driving fun to be had with the 918 Spyder and they make possible a unique combination of minimal fuel consumption and maximum performance. The initial results of the driving trials are in line with the high expectations placed on the 918 Spyder.

The super sports car is designed as a plug-in hybrid vehicle combining a high-performance combustion engine with cutting-edge electric motors for extraordinary performance: on the one hand, the dynamics of a racing machine boasting more than 770 hp, on the other hand, fuel consumption in the region of three litres per 100 kilometres. Moreover, Porsche is breaking yet more new ground with the technology demonstrator with spectacular solutions such as the full carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) monocoque with unit carrier, fully adaptive aerodynamics, adaptive rear-axle steering and the upward-venting “top pipes” exhaust system. In the process, the 918 Spyder is offering a glimpse of what Porsche Intelligent Performance may be capable of in future.


2013 Porsche 918 Spyder Prototype