As you may know already, back in July, Porsche announced that it will start the development of the Carrera GT successor, based on the 918 Spyder Concept, unveiled earlier this year at the Geneva Motor Show.
For those who don't know, the 918 Spyder Concept is powered by a V8 engine delivering 500 hp but also by two electric motors which deliver a total output of 218 hp (169 kW).
The engine is mated to a seven-speed Porsche-Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK) transmission and can push the car from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in just 3.2 seconds while the top speed is limited electronically to 320 km/h (198 mph).
Porsche says that the concept delivers a 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.
Now the word is that the total output of 718 hp is not enough for the production version of the 918 Spyder, and it appears that Porsche decided to increase both the power and the displacement of the V8 engine.
Also, the 22-inch wheels will not be found in the production version while the side exhausts will be moved to the rear. The new car will be offered in both hard-top and soft-top forms.
The new Porsche 918 Spyder is bound to carry on the brand's time-proven tradition of producing super sportscars. Quite a number of Porsche vehicles -- the Carrera GTS, the first Porsche Turbo, the 959, the 911 GT1 and the Carrera GT – have attained iconic status after setting technological benchmarks and becoming the ultimate sportscars of their time.
Just like its predecessors, the new 918 Spyder should be able to continue Porsche's momentum in developing technologies for future vehicle concepts. In fact, the Porsche 918 Spyder has the Porsche DNA necessary to be more dynamic and more powerful than before.
The 918 Spyder is an ideal personification of the blend between form and function, thanks to its racing car dimensions, structured design, balanced surfaces, as well as advanced details – truly representing Porsche's design genes. At first sight, the 918 Spyder simply reminds people of iconic racing cars like the Porsche 917 and the Porsche RS Spyder, as it is still able to arouse emotions.
Likewise, thanks to the unique yet outstanding mix of tradition and modernity, the 918 Spyder is able to give off a dynamic stance. Just like any Porsche vehicle, the 918 Spyder features variable aerodynamics, thereby ensuring visionary and traditional highlights, most notable around the rear spoiler. While the stunning rear hoods extending out of the headrests play a vital aerodynamic role, they are also home to retractable air intakes with a ram air function.
Comfortably accommodating the driver and passenger are contoured sports bucket seats that form part of the cockpit, thereby presenting a good blend of functionality and high-tech operation. Moreover, the cockpit of the new 918 Spyder provides a preview of the possible interior layouts of future Porsche super sports cars.
Interestingly, the 918 Spyder has three free-standing circular dials for road speed (left dial), engine speed (center dial) and energy management (right dial) – reminiscent of racing cars in the 1960s. It also features a center console that rises towards the front, accommodating a touch screen to control the vehicle’s functions.
This touch screen greatly eliminates a number of visible controls, thereby staying true to the principle of direct operation. Interestingly, the sports car’s three-spoke multifunction sports steering wheel is home to driver-relevant control units.
The sports car’s variable driving modes are supported by a switch that allows drivers to access different drive programs while acting as the push-to-pass button for E-boosting. Furthermore, the color of the instrument illumination varies according to the mode selected.
For instance, consumption-focused running modes give off green light while performance-oriented functions emit red light. Furthermore, the Porsche 918 Spyder concept features the Range Manager, which when activated in the Center Display, employs the map in the navigation system to show the remaining range that the sports could cover, thereby allowing a driver to decide the most appropriate performance during the trip. Moreover, the Range Manager displays if a driver could reach a particular destination on sole electric power.