Daily Archives: August 4, 2012
Private release NYC Party inside Canoe Studios in New York, for the “production” version of the 918 Spyder.
A video posted on Youtube by Canoe Studios in New York City has prematurely revealed the production version of the Porsche 918 Spyder, a hybrid supercar that was developed as a successor to the Carrera GT.
According to Youtube user liquidsk8s, the video was shot at a private ceremony where would-be owners were shown the car before the general public.
As expected, the 918 Spyder is nearly identical to the show car that was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in 2010. Compared to the concept the production version of the car is fitted with bigger mirrors, different door handles and side marker lights that are integrated into the front and rear bumpers. It is also a little longer than the concept that inspired it in order to accommodate a roomier cabin.
An official set of technical details has yet to be released but if the rumors are true, the 918 Spyder is powered by a 4.6-liter V8 engine that is mated to two electric motors. One of them is mounted on the front axle and the other on the rear axle.
Porsche claims that the 918 Spyder delivers more than 770 horsepower while still logging up to 78.4 miles per gallon if driven conservatively.
The Volkswagen-owned company’s new flagship hits 60 mph from a stop in about three seconds and goes on to a top speed of over 200 mph.
Power from the V8 is transmitted to the rear wheels via a seven-speed PDK dual-clutch gearbox. Power from the electric motors is controlled by computer and sent directly to the front wheels.
The 918 Spyder has several drive modes, offering different levels of performance and efficiency. E-Drive minimizes fuel consumption by using the batteries to power the car for up to 16 miles. Hybrid mode uses both electric and gas power for a blend of efficiency and longer range. Sport Hybrid adds torque vectoring for more performance-oriented driving. And, lastly, Race Hybrid maximizes both gas and electric output, without regard for efficiency.
Porsche will reportedly build just 918 examples of the hybrid sports car. Pricing information will be revealed closer to its launch.
- Porsche Press Release – 918 Spyder prototype in attractive Martini Racing design (dedeporsche.wordpress.com)