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16 August 2013

Porsche reveals production 918 Spyder

Tweet from Monterey’s motor week reveals actual, proper, road-going 918

Vijay Pattni
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A simple tweet from Porsche, and a picture: "The latest production version of the Porsche 918 Spyder at Monterey Motor Week". There you have it, folks: it's the final, road-going Porsche 918 Spyder, above.

We've seen it as a render, half-built and with special livery. But here is the one those lucky customers will see every day when they pull back the curtains.

A quick recap then, if you permit: it's Porsche's top-dog hypercar, going up against the LaFerrari and McLaren P1. It's a hybrid, too, sporting a race-bred 4.6-litre naturally-aspirated V8, producing 608bhp, together with a 149bhp electric motor on the rear axle, and a 129bhp electric motor on the front axle.

That's right, it's a four-wheel-drive electric-hybrid Porsche hypercar, producing a total of 886bhp (that's almost 100bhp up from the original estimation). It revs to 9150rpm, it'll hit 0-100kph in under three seconds, go from 0-200kph in under eight seconds, top out at 325kph, and emit just 70g/km of CO2.

Cost? The prototype seen a few months back weighed in at Rs 6.94 crore with the optional Weissach pack, so it's quite a fair sum of money. But then you are getting an extraordinary bit of kit. A very TG sort of science project.

Tags: 918 spyder, 918, porsche

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