Porsche used the Volkswagen Group Press Conference this evening to present their Porsche 918 Spyder Concept. As unexpected surprises at motorshow’s go, this ones a pretty big one. For starters, the concept itself is stunning. Powering the concept is an electric battery unit and a 3.4 liter V8 together producing the equivalent of 500bhp or 160kW.
Peak power is reached at 9,200rpm with power being delivered in one of four ways. A button on the steering wheel allows the driver to choose either an ‘E-Drive’ mode for running the car under electric power alone, with a range of up to 25km (16 miles). There’s also a Hybrid mode in which the 918 Spyder uses both the electric motors and the V8 engine. The Sport Hybrid mode creates a greater focus on performance with Race Hybrid mode pulling the very best out of both power plants to create the ultimate sports car.
0-100km/h (62mph) would be possible in 3.2 seconds and the top speed is estimated at 320km/h (198mph).
The interior of the Spyder also offers a glimpse into what people can expect from future Porsche interiors. There is a new multi-function steering wheel, variable lighting and Range Manager, a new sat-nav system that shows the cars range.
Fuel economy is said to be 78mpg US (3L/100km). We will have more details and pictures for you tomorrow, for now, take a look at these few pictures.
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Almost looks like a Cayman crashed into a Porsche Carrera GT then crashed into a Veyron. I love it though.
i liked porsche when all they made was the 911. and the 911 for the poorer man (boxster)
Porsche never changes models year to year and if they do the style changes are always subtle. I really like this car, and hope that it goes into production, (but not as some lame ass dull down version, like most car companies do with concepts
Love it! It’s about time for a new CGT.
Someone is telling porkies! 3.4 litres and with the weight of electric motors and batteries to haul and yet the same performance – or better – than a 348. Porsche clearly experiences different laws of physics to Ferrari.