Porsche’s ground-breaking 918 Spyder hybrid will enter in production. The first cars will be delivered to customers in November 2013, and the U.S. base manufacturer’s suggested retail price is $845,000.
Porsche tells us the production version will be based on a carbon-fibre reinforced plastic monocoque with removable roof panels, while underneath that beautiful body lies the dolphin-friendly tech of Porsche’s future.
The 918 Spyder will feature a high revving 500-plus horsepower V8 engine assisted by two electric motors with a total of at least 218 horsepower, yet Porsche estimates it will consume only 3.0 L/100 km based on the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC). Official EPA fuel economy figures or estimates will be announced just before the first customer cars begin arriving in the United States near the end of 2013.
The liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery pack can be charged from a conventional domestic power socket, and delivers a range of around 16 miles on purely electric power
at speeds of up to 94mph. The charging time depends on the country-specific mains network, but is approximately three hours from a 230v domestic power supply.
Although it potentially puts out less CO2 than a Toyota Prius, performance is expected to be scintillating. Porsche claims the 0-62mph sprint will take 3.2 seconds – on a par with the McLaren MP4-12C – with a top speed of around 200mph.
Customers who order the 918 Spyder also have the opportunity to acquire a special-edition 911 Turbo S Coupe or Cabriolet.
Also limited to no more than 918 units, the 911 Turbo S Edition 918 Spyder will have exterior and interior design elements echoing the plug-in hybrid 918 Spyder supercar’s styling. It features similar exterior colors, carbon-fiber elements inside and out, enhanced leather equipment and numerous acid-green accents on items such as the brake calipers, illuminated sill plates, interior stitching and instrument cluster needles. A limited-edition badge on the glove compartment door will feature the same production number as the customer’s 918 Spyder.