Earlier this week we heard a short report stating that Porsche plans to show a coupe concept version of the 918 Spyder at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show next week. Porsche has promised to show “something spectacular” at the show and we now have more details from sources.
According to two insiders familiar with the plans, Porsche plans to show a coupe race car concept version of the 918 Spyder in Detroit as it returns to the big show after four years. The two-seater vehicle will be a concept race car relying on a 600-hp V8 engine and will be based on the same 918 Spyder platform that made its debut at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show.
Insiders said that Porsche has already approved limited production of the 918 Spyder.
Refresher: Power for the Porsche 918 Spyder Concept comes from a 3.4L mid-mounted V8 making 500-hp. The engine is mated to two electric-motors sitting on the front and rear axle with an additional output of 218-hp. Power is driven to the wheels by Porsche”s 7-speed Doppelkupplungsgetriebe PDK transmission, allowing the 918 Spyder Concept to go from 0-62 mph in 3.2 seconds with a top speed of 198 mph. Drivers are allowed to choose from four different driving modes including E-Drive, Hybrid, Sport Hybrid and Race Hybrid. The E-Drive mode lets the 918 Spyder concept run on pure electricity with a range of 16 miles.
– By: Zain Haq
Source: Automotive News