It’s finally out. The new super fast hybrid powered car from Porsche, the revered 918 Spyder has just been caught red handed doing cheeky test runs near Porsche’s own Weissach R&D test facility. It is the first 100% road compliant prototype of the 202mph hypercar.
Looking very much like the concept first shown at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show, the 918 will sit at the very top of Porsche’s lineup when it debuts next year. Porsche has already put a price on the car – expect to pay a whopping £621,600 for this baby so while you may not expect to perhaps purchase a motor as expensive as this you might prefer to perhaps look at a decent used Porsche such as a Cayman or Boxster model – maybe even using our Non Status Contract Hire options which allows even those with poor credit to get approved for funding.
Though it may seem to look like the concept, take a closer look at the car and you will find that a lot has changed. Some of the changes include a front end that has been smoothed out with smaller air vents out on the front corners and the hood has had its air vents deleted.
The windscreen is also placed at a steeper angle and the cabin length has been extended slightly as shown by the longer doors on the prototype vehicle.
The rear end of the 918 has also changed quite a bit. The hunches over the rear wheels are more prominent. The rear overhang is also longer, probably to contain to contain the high-tech petrol-electric drive train. The drive train is placed in the lower half of the rear lower the centre of gravity as much as possible.
Though it does look like a coupe, the 918 Spyder, as its name suggests, will be an open top car. The carbon fiber roof panel is divided into two parts and is also detachable. The exhaust pipes on the 918 is placed on the strangest location – on top of the engine bay.
The 918 will be powered by a 4.6-liter V8 engine hooked up to a pair of electric motors with one mounted on the front axle to move to front wheels and the another one placed in the gearbox housing to move to rear wheels.
This combination makes a total of 762bhp with only 2.8 seconds to hit 62mph from a standstill. Fuel economy stands at 94.2mpg with CO2 emissions at 70g/km.
Porsche will also only be producing 918 of these cars and is to debut on, you guessed it – September the 18th (9/18) how very estoteric!
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