Porsche confirms its hybrid supercar will be put into production
28 July 2010

Porsche has confirmed that its 918 Spyder hybrid supercar concept will be put into production. The dramatic concept will be an indirect successor to the Carrera GT, sitting at the top of the Porsche range as both its halo hypercar and the ultimate showcase of its hybrid powertrain technology.

The Porsche supervisory board confirmed today that the decision had been made following "overwhelming response from the public and customers to the concept study".

See the official pics of the Porsche 918 Spyder in the studio

The Porsche 918 Spyder was the star of the Geneva motor show in March. The mid-engined two-seater achieves headline figures of 78mpg and 70g/km of CO2. It hits 62mph from a standstill in 3.2sec and can go on to reach a top speed of 198mph.

The car is powered by a 500bhp V8 petrol engine - a development of the RS Spyder racer's 3.4-litre unit - and a pair of electric motors with a combined output of 218bhp. The front wheels are driven by one electric motor and the rear wheels by the engine and the other motor, making the 918 Spyder four-wheel drive.

Porsche says the car is capable of a sub-7m30s lap around the Nurburgring, quicker than the Carrera GT. It can also travel up to 16 miles on battery power alone and is a plug-in hybrid. It is similar in length and height to the Boxster and Cayman, but is much wider than both of these. The body and shell are made from carbonfibre-reinforced plastic, but there is also extensive use of magnesium and aluminium. The concept weighs 1490kg.

Porsche had initially been cagey about its chances of production. Potential customers were able to sign declarations of interest from Geneva and the most recent reports claimed more than 2000 of these had been received. The hybrid supercar may end up being priced at around 500,000 euros (£420,000) – eclipsing the £321,000 Carrera GT.

The concept will be at Pebble Beach next month where customers are expected to be able to formally express their interest in the car, and possibly even place deposits.

"Production of the 918 Spyder in a limited series proves that we are taking the right approach with Porsche Intelligent Performance featuring the combination of supreme performance and efficient drivetrain concepts," said CEO Michael Macht. "We will develop the 918 Spyder in Weissach and assemble it in Zuffenhausen. This is also a very important commitment to Germany as a manufacturing base."

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28 July 2010

[quote Autocar]an indirect successor to the Carrera GT[/quote]

Why indirect? This is Porsche's next hypercar as the Carrera GT was their last, so in my eyes a direct successor and the next installment in a very small line of such cars from Porsche: 959, Carrera GT and now 918 Spyder (911 GT1s were just road going versions of what were effectively sports-prototypes for homologation purposes)

I have no doubt that the 918 will be a stunning car to drive, especially on the track.

28 July 2010

[quote Lanehogger]

Why indirect? This is Porsche's next hypercar as the Carrera GT was their last, so in my eyes a direct successor and the next installment in a very small line of such cars from Porsche: 959, Carrera GT and now 918 Spyder (911 GT1s were just road going versions of what were effectively sports-prototypes for homologation purposes)

I have no doubt that the 918 will be a stunning car to drive, especially on the track.

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I suppose the indirect is in reference to its dramtic increase in price. I would still consider it a direct replacement though.

Porsches hypercars are always very special, my dream garage would hold one of each along with all three RUF CTRs. While some criticise Porsche for boring styling etc. (I am not one of them), when they get it right, they are in a league of their own.

This 918 really is something special, and weird wheels aside, (which I am sure won't make production), it looks fantastic.

29 July 2010

It's still not quite as pretty as the Carrera GT, though, is it? Bravo to Porsche for having the balls to make it, mind. Now, we just need the ultra-hardcore version with a bit more power and an over-200mph top speed...

29 July 2010

I think that exhaust pipes on the sides are forbidden in USA due to safety reasons.[quote Autocar]Porsche has confirmed that its 918 Spyder hybrid supercar concept will be put into production. The dramatic concept will be an indirect successor to the Carrera GT, sitting at the top of the Porsche range as both its halo hypercar and the ultimate showcase of its hybrid powertrain technology.

The Porsche supervisory board confirmed today that the decision had been made following "overwhelming response from the public and customers to the concept study".

Read the full article[/quote]

29 July 2010

I hope it drives as well as it looks!

29 July 2010

The best thing about it is that it doesn't look like a mildly re-worked 911 ......

29 July 2010

"now I should be called 42 cars so far ..."

Do you honestly think anyone but your boyfriend really cares how many cars you've driven?

29 July 2010

[quote WFC Holden]"now I should be called 42 cars so far ..."

Do you honestly think anyone but your boyfriend really cares how many cars you've driven?

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I don't particularly care, but I think the fact that you're complaining about it does suggest that you've got too much spare time and not enough of a life...

29 July 2010

[quote Straight Six Man]I think the fact that you're complaining about it does suggest that you've got too much spare time and not enough of a life... [/quote]

Says the man with nearly 1,100 posts to his name (and that's just on this site).

29 July 2010

[quote WFC Holden][quote Straight Six Man]I think the fact that you're complaining about it does suggest that you've got too much spare time and not enough of a life... [/quote]

Says the man with nearly 1,100 posts to his name (and that's just on this site).

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OK, you got me there. Still, what business is it of yours what someone has in their signature? As long as it's not offensive...

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