Porsche officially announced today that it will put on sale the 918 Spyder super sports car for an incredible price of 645,000 Euro (this is the starting price which will be subject to VAT and country-specific charges). According to the German manufacturer, the new car will be produced in a limited edition of just 918 units.
Production will start on 18 September 2013, 9/18 in US date convention, while deliveries will start in November 2013. As expected, the car will feature the same engine found on the 918 Spyder Concept, which means we will see V8 engine capable to deliver more than 368 kW (500 hp), helped by two electric motors – one each on the front and rear axle – with a joint mechanical output of at least 160 kW (218 hp).
The engine will be mated to a seven-gear Porsche-Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK) transmission. Moreover, the car will be capable to store the energy from the electric motors using a liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery that can be charged from a conventional domestic power socket, delivering a range in excess of 25 km (16 miles) in the NEDC on purely electric power.
Porsche says that the charging time depends on the country-specific mains network. For example, in Germany the charging takes approximately three hours, while a quick charging option is planned to reduce charging time yet further. Regarding the fuel consumption, expect the car to deliver an impressive 3.0 l/100 km (94 mpg imp.), equating to CO2 emissions of 70 g/km (112 g/mile).
Still, the performances will not make you laugh: a standing start to 100 km/h (62 mph) in a maximum of 3.2 seconds and a top speed of more than 320 km/h (199 mph). The top speed on purely electric power is 150 km/h (94 mph). Furthermore, Porsche also says that the new car will be able to beat Porsche Carrera GT record on the Nurburgring racetrack.
For those who don’t know, the Porsche Carrera GT was able to lap the Nurburgring in seven minutes and 32 seconds, while the 918 Spyder us expected to do it in less than seven minutes and 30 seconds. Regarding the design, the new car will be very close to the 2010 concept car and will be based on a carbon fibre-reinforced plastic monocoque, will feature a manual roof system with removable roof panels that can be stowed in the front luggage compartment.