The new Porsche 918 Spyder is scheduled to make an appearance at the 2010 Pebble Beach Concours in California and many say that the automaker will that the supercar electric hybrid concept has been given the thumbs up for production.
According to a new report by Bloomberg, sources say that Porsche may price the 918 Spyder around 500,000 euros ($630,000 USD), topping the Carrera GT as its most expensive model. Insiders familiar with the program said that 2,000 individuals have put in a “non-binding expression of interest” for the 918 Spyder.
Porsche”s development chief, Wolfgang Duerheimer, previously said that the company will need at least 1,000 pledges before it can decide to build the new supercar.
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.
Porsche 918 Spyder Concept:
– By: Omar Rana