The Porsche 918 Spyder has been spotted in final production form for the first time.
As the Autocar writes, the car, which was revealed in a tweet from Porsche, had its dynamic debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed earlier in the summer — but even then was still described as being in late pre-production form.
The 918 Spyder is Porsche’s latest supercar, which will compete with the LaFerrari and the McLaren P1 hybrid supercars.
The Porsche may be the underdog of the group when considering horsepower, acceleration, top speed and price, but the 887-horsepower brute has the most advanced hybrid drivetrain of the three. The £628,000 hypercar will go on sale next month.
Rollout of the 918 is part of a bigger production Porsche is ramping up for the big collector-car weekend in California from Aug. 14 to 18.
Actually, Porsche will be showing the 918 at the ongoing Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. However the world premiere of the car will be staged at Frankfurt.
The company is marking the 50th birthday of its signature 911 sports car and will display several rare and historic models, including the Spyder, during the numerous shows scheduled for Monterey, says the Wall Street Journal.
First revealed at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show, the 918 Spyder features a high performance parallel hybrid engine which means it can be driven both by the combustion engine or the electric motors.
Apart from a 4.6 litre 608 bhp V8 mated to a 7 speed PDK (Porsche Doppelkupplungsgetriebe) aka dual clutch transmission, the 918 Spyder also features two permanently energized electric motors both at the front and rear wheel.
The two motors draw power from a 6.8 kW liquid cooled lithium ion battery further adding another 279 bhp taking the cumulative power tally to 887 bhp.
Performance-wise, the 918 Spyder offers a 0-62mph time of less than three seconds and a top speed of over 200mph. As well as being fast, however, Porsche has taken big steps to make the 918 Spyder frugal, claiming CO2 emissions of 70g/km and 94.1mpg.
Other features such as Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM), Porsche Stability Management (PSM) and Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV Plus) ensure road handling of the sports hybrid.
The monocoque body shell construction is composed of carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CRP) with 2 removable roof sections that could be removed and easily stored in the luggage compartment.
The 918 Spyder has been priced at GBP 661,000 (INR 6.39 crores) without the Weissach package and GBP 720,000 (INR 6.9 crores) with the Weissach package.
Weissach is a weight reduction package and Porsche increases the level of lightweight materials used to build the car. With Weissach, the kerb weight is lowered by 35kg. The performance package is expected to include extra use of ceramic, titanium and magnesium parts.
The last Porsche supercar for the street, the 2004 Carrera GT, cost about $440,000 new and is worth roughly $100,000 less today. A 2002 Lamborghini Murcielago that cost $273,000 fetches $100,000 or less on the used market.