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Porsche 918 Spyder Concept  (Source: Porsche AG)
Porsche next halo sports car gets the green light

DailyTech first brought you news of the Porsche 918 Spyder back in March when the concept was unveiled at the Geneva Auto Show. Over the past few months, Porsche has discussed the viability of bringing such a vehicle to production. A little over a week after its initial public debut, Porsche CEO Michael Macht explained, "There is no one inside Porsche who doesn't want to build the 918."

Well, today Porsche confirmed that it will indeed put the gorgeous 918 Spyder into production. Porsche stated in a press release that the vehicle was approved for production by its Supervisory Board.

"Production of the 918 Spyder in a limited series proves that we are taking the right approach with Porsche Intelligent Performance featuring the combination of supreme performance and efficient drivetrain concepts," added Macht. "We will develop the 918 Spyder in Weissach and assemble it in Zuffenhausen. This is also a very important commitment to Germany as a manufacturing base."

The 3,285-pound 918 Spyder will pickup where the V10-powered Carrera GT left off as the company's flagship sports car. The vehicle used a mid-mounted 3.4-liter V8 producing 500 hp along with one electric motor at each axle which add an additional 218 hp. Power is transmitted to the rear wheels via Porsche's seven-speed Porsche-Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK) dual-clutch transmission while the front wheels are driven by a fixed ratio transmission.

Porsche says that its latest creation is capable of accelerating to 60 mph in just 3.2 seconds, and the company uses “fuzzy math” to come up with a 78 mpg fuel economy rating for the vehicle due its plug-in electric capabilities.

While Porsche purists may scoff at such monstrosities as the Cayenne SUV and the Panamera sedan (which is now Porsche's best-selling model), the profits reeled in from these side ventures are what's helping Porsche to fund such projects as the 918 Spyder and all-electric variants of the Boxster.



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Man...
By tdawg on 7/28/2010 2:43:16 PM , Rating: 2
...that's a gorgeous car! I would love to drive one but will never have the disposable income to justify such a purchase. :)




RE: Man...
By moriz on 7/28/2010 2:50:37 PM , Rating: 1
i'd be nice if this thing can go over a speedbump without destroying itself.


RE: Man...
By lelias2k on 7/28/2010 8:04:38 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, since speed bumps are EVERYWHERE, that should be a major concern... :|


RE: Man...
By moriz on 7/29/2010 9:01:09 AM , Rating: 2
not necessarily everywhere, but there are enough of them to be a concern.


RE: Man...
By Spuke on 7/29/2010 9:53:21 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
not necessarily everywhere, but there are enough of them to be a concern.
My guess is this will have a front end lift system like some other cars.


RE: Man...
By Fireshade on 7/30/2010 6:32:40 AM , Rating: 3
My guess is that it won't.
Such a lifting system adds dead weight, which impedes on the car's performance. Because that's what it is: a performance car, not a convenience car.
Porsche (and Ferrari and Lamborghini) are not known for compromises when it comes to the performance of their top-end cars.


Say that five times fast
By Zok on 7/28/2010 1:31:19 PM , Rating: 2
"Doppelkupplungsgetriebe"




RE: Say that five times fast
By dubldwn on 7/28/2010 5:51:17 PM , Rating: 2
I'm trying to say it one time slowly.


RE: Say that five times fast
By ghost03 on 7/28/2010 6:09:44 PM , Rating: 3
"Doppelkupplungsgetriebe" is not as complicated as it looks. It's essentially a German contraction.

Doppel-kupplungs-getriebe
Double-Clutches-Gearbox

My favorite one of these is the German inscription on my Feser water cooling fluid.
"Wasserkühlungsystem"
water-cooling-system, lol.


RE: Say that five times fast
By misuspita on 7/30/2010 5:27:52 PM , Rating: 2
How about this one?

Landwirtschaftliche Produktionsgenossenschaft - collectivised farms

Deutch is fun :D


RE: Say that five times fast
By YashBudini on 7/30/2010 12:20:52 AM , Rating: 1
That that that that that.

Not so bad.


78 MPG
By Nurn on 7/28/2010 1:21:25 PM , Rating: 4
I should be able to persuade the wife that my new 918 will pay for itself at the pump! Time to sell the Prius!




RE: 78 MPG
By IcePickFreak on 7/28/2010 1:31:03 PM , Rating: 2
I know you were being sarcastic, but I'd laugh if I seen one of these hyper-miling on the interstate. You know it's gonna happen somewhere.


Fuzzy Math?
By MrTeal on 7/28/2010 1:02:36 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Porsche says that its latest creation is capable of accelerating to 60 mph in just 3.2 seconds, and the company uses “fuzzy math” to come up with a 78 mpg fuel economy rating for the vehicle due its plug-in electric capabilities.


Given the quotes, I'm not sure if you mean actually fuzzy mathematics, or marketing speak. Somehow, I have a feeling it's a little of the former performed largely by the latter.




RE: Fuzzy Math?
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 7/28/2010 1:05:10 PM , Rating: 2
I was thinking more marketing speak... like GM's assertion that the Volt would be rated at 230 mpg or something like that.


Silly
By DrApop on 7/28/10, Rating: -1
RE: Silly
By Suntan on 7/28/2010 4:37:03 PM , Rating: 5
Oh eat it already. Some of us like the notion that car makers still know how to make vehicles that provoke lust instead of just building vehicles that mimic sitting on the bench of a public bus.

Or put another way, this tech, once fully baked in Porches system and properly diluted down through the ranks of the VW empire to more affordable cars like the lesser Audis, will be about the only way I personally will entertain driving a hybrid. So if you have some dumb desire to see everyone around you driving hybrids, then you’re going to have to deal with the fact that it has to be developed for *enjoyable* cars too. Because I’m never spending my money on a transportation-egg like the Prius.

-Suntan


RE: Silly
By Spuke on 7/28/2010 8:34:26 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Oh eat it already. Some of us like the notion that car makers still know how to make vehicles that provoke lust instead of just building vehicles that mimic sitting on the bench of a public bus.
Thank you!!!

quote:
Because I’m never spending my money on a transportation-egg like the Prius.
I'm sure as sh!t not going to.


RE: Silly
By topkill on 7/29/2010 2:29:16 PM , Rating: 2
Suntan: a big Double THANK YOU!!!

In the first place, this is truly applying high end tech and using it to develop and eventually pay for tech that will trickle down to other cars.

Second...simply shut up! What? Do you also hate it when they show an attractive woman on TV because you can't have her as your girlfriend? LOL Let the rest of us enjoy and aspire!


RE: Silly
By BZDTemp on 7/28/2010 7:23:04 PM , Rating: 2
Not so as most people with a reasonable income can afford an old Porsche and this 918 will get old some day also so if it's produced in sufficient numbers it will become affordable.

Note I am not saying an old Porsche may be cheap but it is a question how you choose to spend your money.


RE: Silly
By Spuke on 7/28/2010 8:41:24 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Note I am not saying an old Porsche may be cheap but it is a question how you choose to spend your money.
They're not but I would LOVE to own a 356 "Outlaw".


RE: Silly
By Spoelie on 7/29/2010 4:49:23 AM , Rating: 2
As you said yourself, it's a certainty this car will never become affordable second-hand for the same reason a Porsche Carrera GT, a Ferrari Enzo or a Bugatti Veyron won't. Too "super", too exclusive (limited production run, high price).


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