Porsche 918 Spyder, what we know so far

Yesterday we talked about the recently introduced LaFerrari and McLaren P1 while today we shall provide all the details available right now about the Porsche 918 Spyder which is scheduled to be unveiled later on this year, most likely in September during the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show. It will be available exclusively in a left-hand drive configuration and is expected to carry a starting price of 768,026 euros. This price goes up to 839,426 euros when opting for the Weissach package which we will detail later on. Just like the other two supercars, the 918 Spyder will adopt hybrid technology.

At its hear is going to be a V8 4.6-liter rumored to output more than 580 bhp (432 kW) and in excess of 500 Nm (369 lb-ft) of torque. The conventional engine will motivate the rear wheels and will work together with an electric motor. The Porsche 918 Spyder will have another electric motor which will provide power to the front axle. It is believed these two electric motors provide a combined output of 245 bhp (183 kW) and 116 bhp (86 kW) for the front axle and an extra 129 bhp (96 kW) for the rear wheels.

Since we are dealing with a hybrid vehicle, it will also have a lithium-ion battery pack with a capacity of 6.9 kWh and a 3.6 kW on-board charger. For external charging owners will have the possibility of using a universal charger. The combined output of Porsche’s upcoming range-topping model is expected to be in the region of 795 bhp (593 kW) and 780 Nm (575 lb-ft) of torque.

As far as the braking system is concerned, the car will receive as standard carbon ceramic disc brakes measuring 410mm for the front axle with six-piston calipers and 390mm discs at the back with four-piston calipers. The car will also benefit from an electric parking brake, LED daytime running lights and LED taillights.

When opting for the Weissach Package, the car’s weight will be reduced by 77 lbs (35 kg) thanks to a more extensive use of lightweight materials like titanium, ceramic and carbon fiber enhanced plastics. Instead of the regular paint, Porsche’s engineers will apply an exterior foil while the standard wheels will be switched with another set manufactured from magnesium. In addition, Porsche is going to remove the wiring of the external quick charging station. This lighter version of the 918 Spyder will also come without air conditioning and audio systems, and the seats will be wrapped around in a flame-resistant cloth whereas the stock model has leather upholstery.

Those who will be choosing this optional package will also have to do without the door handles as the car will receive straps. The package includes carbon fiber paddles, the removal of armrests and pockets, carpeting, center console compartment, foot wells, carpeting in the boot and also there won’t be a glove compartment. Compared to the standard model, the 918 Spyder with Weissach Package will run the Nordschleife two seconds faster.

If this model is too radical, you can go with the standard variant that has a quick charging system, air conditioning system, Burmester 500w audio system with 11 speakers, eight-inch TFT display, leather upholstery and other goodies.

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