Porsche, obviously not happy about Ferrari and McLaren hogging the hypercar limelight with the stunning LaFerrari and P1, has released details of its own forthcoming top-tier sports car, the 918 Spyder.
Following the fashion of mating battery power to an already sizeable petrol engine, the 918 Spyder uses a 4.6-litre V8 combined with two lithium-ion powered electric motors.
Developing a total power output of 887bhp, the lightweight Porsche will get from 0-62mph in an incredible 2.8 seconds and on to a top speed of 211mph.
Astonishingly, given the performance on offer, the 918’s ability to run in pure electric mode for up to 18 miles means it will be capable of 85mpg and will emit just 79g/km of CO2, making it exempt from road tax under the current rules.
Despite the heavy lithium-ion battery cells, Porsche has managed to keep the weight of the 918 Spyder down to just 1,640kg, through the use of highly advanced carbon-fibre composites, which have not only been used in the body, but also in many of the mechanical components.
The car, which is undergoing its final stages of development will be used as a test bed for future Porsche sports and racing cars.
The 918 Spyder will cost from €781,155 (£659,912) with the optional weight saving ‘Weissach’ package bringing the price up to €853,155 (£720,737). Currently there is no word on when it will reach showrooms.
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May 17, 2013