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Porsche 918 Spyder Concept
Porsche is bringing sexy back with the 918 Spyder Concept

Porsche is not a company that produces concept cars very often. Come to think of it, only the Porsche Boxster and Carrera GT spring to mind as concept cars that the German sports car manufacturers has displayed within the past twenty years. That's not to say that Porsche can't pull out a nice concept whenever it wants to -- and today, the company has done just that.

Porsche unveiled its new 918 Spyder concept that not only brings sleek styling to the table, but also a wealth of high-tech powertrain goodness. Looking somewhat like a gorgeous mashup up of a Ferrari F430, Porsche Carrera GT, Porsche Boxster, and Porsche 911 GT1, the 918 Spyder concept features a mid-engine layout, seating for two people, and all-wheel drive.

The roadster also features dual side-exiting exhaust pipes on either side of the vehicle along with a nod to the past with an intriguing "disk" wheel design.

Being that this is a Porsche first and foremost, this vehicle is all about performance. Gone is the flat-6 that powers the mid-engined Boxster and Cayman (along with the rear-engined 911) and in its place is a high-revving (9,200 rpm) V8 engine producing 500 hp. As if that wasn't enough, there are also two electric motors installed in the vehicle (one for the front axle, one for the rear axle). The electric motors add another 218 hp to the mix.

Porsche isn't spoiling the fun by using a continuously variable transmission (CVT) in the 918 Spyder -- instead, the company is using a version of its seven-speed Porsche-Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK) dual-clutch transmission which transmits power to the rear wheels. The front wheels are driven by a fixated ratio transmission.

Porsche says that the plug-in hybrid 918 Spyder can bolt to 60 mph in just 3.2 seconds and can travel 16 miles on battery power alone. The 3,285-pound vehicle is said to deliver an estimated 78 mpg (U.S.) according to Porsche.

No one knows if all of this performance goodness will ever make its way into a production vehicle, but one can hope that at least the styling cues and maybe a toned down version of the hybrid system could make it into a production vehicle.

Porsche is also readying a hybrid version of its second generation Cayenne SUV. The hybrid powertrain is said to achieve 34.5 mpg on the European cycle.



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RE: It's definitely sexy
By ClownPuncher on 3/1/2010 4:36:46 PM , Rating: 5
Usually portrayed in movies a bit harsher than it actually is. Find yourself a hottie German girl with a sweet voice and you'll think it sounds pretty fair ;)


RE: It's definitely sexy
By omnicronx on 3/1/2010 5:08:16 PM , Rating: 5
A hottie with a sweet voice could speak to me in Klingon and I would probably think it sounds pretty fair too ;)

I have a few German friends, and sometimes they sound like they are yelling at each other, even though they are having a perfectly normal conversation.


RE: It's definitely sexy
By phattyboombatty on 3/1/2010 6:10:52 PM , Rating: 2
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I have a few German friends, and sometimes they sound like they are yelling at each other, even though they are having a perfectly normal conversation.

I bet there's a lot of spit flying during those conversations too.


RE: It's definitely sexy
By thepalinator on 3/1/2010 10:35:27 PM , Rating: 2
Nothing beats Welsh for a good spit-flying conversation.


RE: It's definitely sexy
By Calin on 3/2/2010 2:00:08 AM , Rating: 2
I've heard greeks talking to one another - they sound like two machine guns on full auto


RE: It's definitely sexy
By ajfink on 3/2/2010 2:25:39 AM , Rating: 2
Chinese is probably about as bad as German for unintentionally inferred anger....


RE: It's definitely sexy
By ClownPuncher on 3/2/2010 1:43:36 PM , Rating: 2
China has a few different languages, depending on region. Mandarin is one that is not pleasing to my ear, but Cantonese is not so bad.


RE: It's definitely sexy
By ChugokuOtaku on 3/2/2010 7:50:00 PM , Rating: 2
If you really wanna make the comparison there, I can say that Mandarin is to French as Cantonese is to Italian, both in terms of pronouciation, as well as in terms of how each language have deviated from their origin.

Personally, I have a liking for the rather coarse pronouciation of Canto(despite my fluency in Mandarin), simply for the fact that I think it sounds cool. I've always preferred listening to Germanic languages over Romance languages too.


RE: It's definitely sexy
By jvillaro on 3/2/2010 1:52:35 PM , Rating: 2
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A hottie with a sweet voice could speak to me in Klingon and I would probably think it sounds pretty fair too ;)


Come on, give the man a +1!


RE: It's definitely sexy
By afkrotch on 3/1/2010 6:20:43 PM , Rating: 3
Lived in Germany for 2 years. Doesn't matter how hot the girl is, it won't sound pretty. Course, you'd still sleep with her.


RE: It's definitely sexy
By ClownPuncher on 3/1/2010 6:58:28 PM , Rating: 2
I actually like spoken German, I know most people don't, and I never used to. I just got used to it, then even liked it after 6+ months with a hot little German girl living in my apartment. I guess it helps that I have a good amount of stinky Kraut blood in me.


RE: It's definitely sexy
By KingConker on 3/2/2010 10:18:16 AM , Rating: 5
Did you eat her?


RE: It's definitely sexy
By Frallan on 3/2/2010 3:08:20 AM , Rating: 3
Ehhh... Nooo...

I have tried and believe me it isnt worth it. Though when nothing else is availeble it will have to do from time to time. (I lived 4 yrs in Germany).

My $0.69


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