Porsche 918 Spyder prototype photos and details released

The Porsche 918 Spyder is due to hit roads late next year with production to start at the end of September 2013. Today, Porsche dropped some nice photos of the 918 Spyder prototype along with some interesting details.

“What we are doing with the 918 Spyder is redefining driving fun, efficiency and performance,” said Wolfgang Hatz, Member of the Executive Board Research and Development of Porsche AG.

While the prototypes are wearing some camouflage (influenced by Porsche 917 racing cars), most of the design shows of the final touches to the 918 Spyder. Porsche said that as of right now, the engineers and designers are focused on ‘the highly sophisticated individual drive components.’

The Porsche 918 Spyder, like the concept, features a combustion engine and two independent electric-motors – one on the front axle and on in the drive line for the rear wheels.

“They are therefore a critical component in this vehicle into which we have put all of our expertise and capacity for innovation,” said Hatz. These operating strategies and the development of the software to go with them are one of Porsche’s core competences.”

Porsche said that when it’s all said and done, the 918 Spyder should pump out 770-hp with a 0 to 62 mph time of 3.2 seconds with a top speed of more than 200 mph. Fuel-economy should come in around 3 liters/100km or 78.4 mpg US.

Stay tuned for more details.

– By: Omar Rana