Porsche 918 Spyder revealed
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.