Porsche 918 Spyder revealed

  • First official pics of 200mph hybrid
  • Combined output of 759bhp
  • Costs £650,000+; just 918 to be built
The Porsche 918 Spyder
The Porsche 918 Spyder
This is the Porsche 918 Spyder, which will go into production late next year.

Its styling is clearly reminiscent of the stunning concept car that was first displayed at the 2010 Geneva motor show.

Power is supplied by a 4.6-litre V8 and two axle-mounted electric motors, which develop a combined output of 759bhp. This will propel the 918 from 0-62mph in just 3.0 seconds, and on to beyond 200mph – yet return average economy of 94mpg and CO2 emissions of just 70g/km. The 918 Spyder can also travel distances of up to 15 miles on electric power alone.

The 918 Spyder is expected to cost more than £650,000. It has racing car-inspired touches such as its 'top pipe' exhausts that exit just behind the carbonfibre-reinforced-plastic (CFRP) monocoque. The design, according to Porsche, helps divert heat away from the hybrid's battery packs.

Rear-wheel steering is aimed at giving the 918 greater cornering ability, while high-performance brakes – with energy recuperation – will help slow things down when required.

Just 918 of the cars will be built, with first deliveries in early 2014.

Pete Barden

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