Porsche confirms the final production-spec Porsche 918 Spyder will be shown at the Frankfurt motor show
15 August 2013

The Porsche 918 Spyder will finally be revealed in production specification at the Frankfurt motor show, it has been confirmed.

The final production-spec car, so far revealed only 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 £628,000 hypercar, which is set to rival the likes of McLaren's P1 and the LaFerrari, will go on sale next month.

Porsche says the 918 Spyder is a pioneering model, in the mould of the Porsche 911 when it launched 50 years ago. Bosses claim "unprecidented" performance, with a 4.0-litre V8 and electric motors combining to produce 887bhp and a 0-62mph time of 2.8sec. It is said to to return between 94mpg and 85mpg on the combined cycle and emit 70g/km of CO2.

The car will later be offered with a Weissach performance package, which is expected to include extra use of ceramic, titanium and magnesium parts.

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15 August 2013

It looks superb from the photo at least, but I can't help feel  underwhelmed by the styling. I don't know if it's because it has overtones of the Boxster or the Carrera GT that preceded it, or because it lacks that big wow factor associated with hypercars. Compared to a P1, LaFerrari, Koenigsegg, Huayra or an Aventador, it just seems a tad boring and 'normal'. It doesnt blow me over like its predecessor did when that was unveiled.

15 August 2013

Lanehogger wrote:

It looks superb from the photo at least, but I can't help feel  underwhelmed by the styling.

How on Earth can you say in the same sentence, that it looks superb in the photo but you're underwhelmed by the styling? Are these opinions not mutually exclusive?

 

 

 

15 August 2013

Leslie Brook wrote:

Lanehogger wrote:

It looks superb from the photo at least, but I can't help feel  underwhelmed by the styling.

How on Earth can you say in the same sentence, that it looks superb in the photo but you're underwhelmed by the styling? Are these opinions not mutually exclusive?

Superb, but for a hypercar, underwhelmimg. Sorry I don't meet your expectations on grammar and sentence composition.

16 August 2013

I kan bearlee understan wot youz are sayin Lanehogger.  LOL!

15 August 2013

I agree. P1 looks stunning, this looks a bit odd from the front and sides, OK at the back.

At least they've closed the panel gap between the front wings and the front panel.

15 August 2013

Instead of just repeating these seriously misleading figures someone independent needs to devise a means of describing accurately the frugality or otherwise of these hybrid machines before manufacturers begin claiming 'infinite miles per gallon' for their plug-in models. Autocar might like to take a lead here, and at the same time refrain from describing them as pollution-free while making some attempt to establish how much these things cost to recharge each night. It's not going to be pennies.

15 August 2013

I drive a Mitsubishi i-MiEV and it has 88 lithium iron battery cells (11 packs of 8 mounted on the bottom of the car in a 'T' shape.

A full charge will allow an optimum range of about 80-90miles, and if needs recharging from the standard charger, takes 8hrs and costs on peak £2.20 and off peak £1.40. Using the 'rapid' charge facility will put 80% charge in within 30mins (this needs a specific lead and high capacity charging unit).

So up to 220 pennies in fact.

I can't see it costing more than that as they all recharge in the same way?

It's the Super Unleaded that will ruin you..................

 

15 August 2013

Agreed, charging electric cars is very inexpensive. It's buying them in the first place that costs a bloom'n fortune. 

15 August 2013

CO2 emissions of 70g/km and 94.1mpg. Congestion charge free then?

If one of these pulled up at the lights next to a brand new 85g/km 88.3mpg VW bluemotion Golf, wonder how many Londoners people would correctly guess which car was running around their streets for free?

15 August 2013

Looks very good with clean and attractive lines just like the Carrera GT. But this one is 400 KG heavier and is not convincing in terms of driver appeal.

Wont bother those with the cash to buy it though.

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