Porsche 918 Spyder Coupe coming to the 2011 Detroit Auto Show, sources say

Article by Christian Andrei, on January 5, 2011

As you may know already Porsche announced a premiere for this year’s Detroit Auto Show, which will be officially unveiled on January 10. Although there are no details regarding the upcoming vehicle, two people with knowledge of the matter said that the German manufacturer will unveil a coupe version of the 918 Spyder Concept, unveiled at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show.

Moreover, the vehicle will be a concept race car, powered by a V8 engine delivering about 600 hp.

As expected, the car will be based on the same platform as the 918 Spyder hybrid. For those who don’t know, Porsche already approved the limited production of the 918 Spyder last July, and the new concept ,which will be unveiled next week is expected to preview the production version of the car.

The 918 Spyder Concept is powered by a 6.2-liter V8 engine capable to deliver 500 hp. The most interesting thing is that the car also features two electric motors, one on the front and one on the rear axle with an overall mechanical output of 218 horsepower (160 kW).

With these numbers, the 918 Spyder is capable to hit 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 3.2 seconds, while the top speed is limited electronically to 320 km/h (198 mph).

Blending electric mobility and high-tech racing features, the new Porsche 918 Spyder concept is able to offer certain characteristics. For one, the new Porsche 918 Spyder concept is able to perform like a super car, as it could accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in just 3.2 seconds and reach a top speed of 320 km/h (198 mph).

Interestingly, it was able to complete a lap on the Nordschleife of Nurburgring faster than the Porsche Carrera GT at less than 7:30 minutes. Despite this super car performance, the new Porsche 918 Spyder concept is still as efficient as an ultra-compact city car.

This two-seater consumes just three liters of fuel per 100 kilometers – equivalent to a mileage of around 78 miles per gallon (US) – while emitting only 70 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer.

Porsche is planning to unveil three models with hybrid drive at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show -- the Porsche 918 Spyder mid-engine sports car with plug-in hybrid technology; the Cayenne S Hybrid SUV with parallel full-hybrid drive; and the 911 GT3 R Hybrid race car with electric drive on the front axle and a flywheel mass battery.

These models underscore how far this new drive technology could go and highlight the cutting-edge power of Porsche as a pioneer in hybrid drive. As for the Porsche 918 Spyder concept, it is a personification of the carmaker’s Intelligent Performance philosophy, motorsport technology, and classic yet modern design.

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