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,
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
"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
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.
quote: not necessarily everywhere, but there are enough of them to be a concern.
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.
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.
quote: Because I’m never spending my money on a transportation-egg like the Prius.
quote: Note I am not saying an old Porsche may be cheap but it is a question how you choose to spend your money.