The first fully road legal prototype of Porsche’s upcoming 202mph petrol-electric hybrid powered 918 Spyder has been spied undergoing shakedown tests near Porsche’s Weissach R&D test facility.
Sporting a look highly reminiscent of the concept first displayed at the 2010 Geneva motor show, the new two seater is set to crown the Porsche line-up when it is launched next year at a price already confirmed at £621,600 at current exchange rates.
But while it appears similar to the concept, close inspection reveals a number of changes have taken place in the production process. Among them is a smoother looking front end with smaller air ducts out on the front corners and a bonnet that does without the air vent of show car.
The windscreen also sits at a more upright angle and the cabin has been extended slightly in length – as evidenced by the prototype’s longer doors.
At the rear, there are more prominent hunches over the rear wheels and a longer rear overhang – presumably a requirement to see the new car house its advanced petrol-electric driveline, which is concentrated wholly within the lower half in a move Porsche says is aimed at providing the lowest possible centre of gravity.