Official: Porsche 918 Spyder production receives green light

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 29, 2010

If yesterday, the production of the Porsche 918 Spyder was just a rumor, today it became official and Porsche announced that the development of the new supercar received green light.

For those who don´t know, the concept made its debut back in March at the Geneva Motor Show, was powered by a V8 engine capable to deliver more than 500 horsepower and a maximum engine speed of 9,200 rpm but also by two electric motors that developed a total output of 218 hp (169 kW).

The engine was mated to a seven-speed Porsche-Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK) transmission that feeds the power of the electric drive system to the rear axle.

In E-Drive mode, the vehicle acts like any ordinary electric car and has a range of 25 km or 16 miles, while in Sport Hybrid mode uses both drive systems, but with the focus on performance.

Because it is a supercar, the 918 Spyder is also very quick and can hit 62 mph in just 3.2 seconds and has a top speed limited electronically to 320 km/h (198 mph). The new car promises to deliver a fuel consumption of just 3 (three) liters/100 kilometers (equal to approximately 78 mpg U.S.), as well as 70 grams of CO2 per kilometer.

The Porsche 918 Spyder -- along with the new PorscheCayenne S Hybrid SUV and the 911 GT3 R Hybrid race car -- will be unveiled to the global public at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show. All three feature a hybrid drive.

Porsche's 918 Spyder mid-engined sports car comes with plug-in hybrid technology while the Cayenne S Hybrid SUV comes with parallel full-hybrid drive. Meanwhile, the 911 GT3 R Hybrid race car features an electric drive on the front axle and a flywheel mass battery.

The global debut of these models shows the broad cover of the new drive technology and the Porsche's powerful role as a pioneer in hybrid drive technology.

The two-seater high-performance Porsche 918 Spyder concept car carefully blends the sports car maker's Intelligent Performance philosophy with the high-technology from motorsport. This concept car features a classic yet contemporary design to demonstrate its technological advancement.

Press Release

Green Light for Series Development of the 918 Spyder

In its session today, the Supervisory Board of Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, Stuttgart, gave the green light to series development of the Porsche 918 Spyder. Reflecting the overwhelming response from the public and customers to the Concept Study, the Supervisory Board gave Porsche’s board of Management the mission to develop a production model based on the car already presented. This concept version of an ultra-high-performance mid-engined sports car with plug-in hybrid technology made its debut at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show and at Auto China in Bejing, hitting headlines worldwide.

Michael Macht, President and Chairman of the Board of Management of Porsche AG: “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. 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.”

The Concept Study of the 918 Spyder allows CO2 emissions of just 70 g/km, corresponding to fuel consumption of 3.0 liter/100 km (94.1 mpg imp) in the New European Driving Cycle, on the one hand, and the performance of a super-sports car, on the other. This extremely efficient drivetrain technology forms a symbiosis in the 918 Spyder with truly outstanding design and high-tech motorsport achievements. Further product details of the 918 Spyder will be disclosed in the months to come.

About Porsche Cars North America, Inc

Porsche Cars North America, Inc. (PCNA), based in Atlanta, Ga., is the exclusive importer of Porsche vehicles for the United States. PCNA is a wholly owned, indirect subsidiary of Dr. Ing.h.c. F. Porsche AG. It employs 213 people who provide Porsche vehicles, parts, service, marketing and training for its 199 dealers. The dealers, in turn, provide Porsche owners with best-in-class service. Throughout its more than six-decade history, Porsche has developed numerous technologies that have advanced vehicle performance, improved safety and spurred environmental innovations within the automotive industry. The company continues to celebrate its heritage by adding to its long list of motorsports victories dating back to its first 24 Hours of Le Mans class win in 1951. Today, with more than 28,000 victories, Porsche is recognized as the world's most successful brand in sports car racing. PCNA, which imports the iconic 911 series, the highly acclaimed Boxster and Cayman mid-engine sports cars, high-end Cayenne sport utility vehicles and the four-door Panamera Gran Turismos, strives to maintain a standard of excellence, commitment and distinction synonymous with its brand.

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