Following recent spy photographs of the upcoming 918 Spyder hybrid, Porsche decided to not only reveal official photographs of the 918 Spyder prototype, but also key details that help shed light on Porsche’s latest hyper car effort.
The first detail that Porsche revealed was the 918’s unique camouflage scheme. In lieu of traditional automotive camouflage materials such as the wrappings and obscuring lines seen on most test vehicles, Porsche engineers decided to give the 918 testers a special race themed camouflage. Porsche claims that this livery serves the dual purpose of hiding the vehicle sufficiently as well as serving as a tribute to the company’s successful 917 race car.
Underneath the camouflage, the basic shape of the production version 918 Spyder has changed little from the concept version, but Porsche engineers have made a few tweaks to help make the car more production-ready. These changes include a slight lengthening of the body which helps make the cabin of the 918 Spyder a more spacious place to spend time in, as well as slight alterations to the rear spoiler to simplify production. The concept’s trick upward venting “top pipes” exhaust system layout however,will make the transition to the production 918 Spyder unchanged from what was first seen on the concept car.
Providing the power for this ultra exclusive hybrid is a specially engineered 4.0 liter V8 which is good for 770 horsepower and is mated to two electric motors which work together to help the 918 Spyder complete the 0 to 60 dash in a scant 3.1 seconds and reach a top speed of 199 mph. Porsche claims that this engine setup “makes possible a unique combination of minimal fuel consumption and maximum performance.” The German sports car maker was also quick to point out that the 918 Spyder is capable of reaching speeds up to 94 mph using electric power only. Not only is this an impressive figure in its own right, but this feature also helps the 918 Spyder achieve an estimated 78 miles per gallon in the EU test cycle.
Production of the 918 Spyder is expected to begin sometime next year, and the company claims that buyers who are willing to pay the lofty $845,000 admission fee will be able to get their hands on the first production examples of the 918 Spyder when it enters Porsche showrooms before the end of 2013.