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.