Porsche has officially put the finishing touches on the first prototypes of the company's 918 Spyder, complete with a black-and-white livery scheme that pays homage to the 917 racers of old. Production is set to commence in a little over a year, and the German sportscar manufacturer says buyers can look forward to taking possession of the first examples by the end of 2013. The plug-in hybrid will command a heady price tag, though. Porsche has confirmed the company will ask a whopping $845,000 per model, each with a 500 horsepower 4.0-liter V8 engine and two electric motors.

Altogether, the gas-electric drivetrain should be good for a 3.1-second 0-60 sprint and a top speed of 199 mph. Perhaps even more impressive is the news that the 918 will be able to propel itself with electric power at speeds of up to 94 mph. That little fact helps account for the news that the vehicle should be able to return around 78 miles per gallon on the EU cycle. Scroll down for the brief press release, but not before checking out the high-res gallery.
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918 Spyder prototypes commence trials

Stuttgart. The Porsche 918 Spyder is on the road: Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, Stuttgart, has taken the driving trials of the super sports car of the future a step further with completion of the initial prototypes. The 918 Spyder will go into production at the end of September 2013 as planned, with the first customers receiving their vehicles before 2013 is out. "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.

The prototypes, their camouflage harking back to historical Porsche 917 racing cars, signal the final touches to the 918 Spyder. The focus is on the interplay between the highly sophisticated individual drive components. The combination of combustion engine and two independent electric motors – one on the front axle and one in the drive line, acting on the rear wheels – poses completely new demands on the development of the operating strategies. "They are therefore a critical component in this vehicle into which we have put all of our expertise and capacity for innovation," said Wolfgang Hatz. These operating strategies and the development of the software to go with them are one of Porsche's core competences. Both of them have a major influence on the extreme driving fun to be had with the 918 Spyder and they make possible a unique combination of minimal fuel consumption and maximum performance. The initial results of the driving trials are in line with the high expectations placed on the 918 Spyder.

The super sports car is designed as a plug-in hybrid vehicle combining a high-performance combustion engine with cutting-edge electric motors for extraordinary performance: on the one hand, the dynamics of a racing machine boasting more than 770 hp, on the other hand, fuel consumption in the region of three litres per 100 kilometres. Moreover, Porsche is breaking yet more new ground with the technology demonstrator with spectacular solutions such as the full carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) monocoque with unit carrier, fully adaptive aerodynamics, adaptive rear-axle steering and the upward-venting "top pipes" exhaust system. In the process, the 918 Spyder is offering a glimpse of what Porsche Intelligent Performance may be capable of in future.


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      4RR4Y
      • 2 Years Ago
      Is AutoBlog that bad at copy-pasting information from press releases?? The correct power/performance estimates can be found here: http://www.motorauthority.com/news/1076196_porsche-releases-latest-specs-for-upcoming-918-spyder The 4.6-liter (not 4.0) V-8 will produce roughly 570 HP (not 500) The combined output of the electric motors + 4.6-liter V-8 will be MORE than 770 HP!! The 0-60 estimate is pinned UNDER 3.0 seconds. The top speed will EXCEED 202 MPH. Having cleared up inconsistencies with AB's figures, it must be said that the 918 Spyder is a gorgeous machine, even as a Frankenstein prototype!!
      cpbraun
      • 2 Years Ago
      Is it just me or do those just look like stock 911 taillights grafted onto the back? Also, I understand the historical significance of the livery, but I don't think this paint scheme is doing the design any favors.
        ACURA23CL
        • 2 Years Ago
        @cpbraun
        Yes...those are current 911 taillights. I'm sure they're just placeholders for now. Afterall, this is still very much a prototype.
        sloturbo
        • 2 Years Ago
        @cpbraun
        plus one on paint scheme
      obxbecky
      • 2 Years Ago
      DUH it is a racing prototype. That can be bought ,as a street legal specs vehicle after passing all safety testa
      joe
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ahh the haters. Cash starved and frankly not having the designs sense to egin to comprehend this masterpiece. Back to your trailer park naves Hahaha.
      Banf_1
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wouldn't the exhaust flood if its positioned where it is? Aside from that, great to see it will remained relatively close to the concept; it got rave reviews for its in-person appeal.
        Sam
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Banf_1
        It's up there for other reasons - I'm sure the engineers have built in some kind of anti-flood mechanism. (Just FYI, they're up there to keep heat away from the battery.)
      maxcranium
      • 2 Years Ago
      must go faster...
      Mark Gilvey
      • 2 Years Ago
      I have always admired the lines of the 911 and of Porsche for not deviating from it too much. I like the paint scheme but wish the black were red like the 917 that Brian Redman drove at Le Mans.
        Sam
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Mark Gilvey
        No, pink like the 917/20. Just because being able to call this car a pig (while it decimates everything else on the road) would be hilarious.
      John A Guthrie
      • 2 Years Ago
      Man, the ignorant comments are appalling . The 918 doesn't replace the 911. It's worth all of $800,000 because there will be so few of them made (and ...duh... development cost has to be repaid on sales) It's actually 700 hp when the electrics activate. My cars are at http://www.wyo550.com
        joejoe509
        • 2 Years Ago
        @John A Guthrie
        At first I thought you were crazy that people were people were seriously comparing this to the new 911. But indeed the comments below are that ignorant. Wow.
      brian05487
      • 2 Years Ago
      I could test drive one of these for say ten , fifteen years or so.
      Daekwan
      • 2 Years Ago
      This car was extremely impressive when announced years ago. But with current performance, current prices and current hybrid technology its looking less impressive everyday. $850,000 for a 3.1 0-60sec/199mph car that can get "up to 78mph" using its hybrid drivetrain just doesnt seem all that shocking and jaw dropping. A $55k Mustang GT500 can beat it in acceleration/topspeed and a $30k electric Pruis can beat it in efficiency. Its kinda like Porsche is trying too hard to do two things right, and does neither of them well. A $850,000 Porsche should either be capable of Veyron/Agera-R type performance.. or able to kick a Prius azz. While the 94mph top speed & 78mpg are definitely ground breaking stats.. I dont think anyone buying this car is really THAT concerned about how many gallons of gas they are saving. It will be interesting to see what Ferrari brings to the table this year with the Enzo replacement. V12, hybrid tech and 900hp. Sounds like it beats the Porsche already on paper.
        Smiley
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Daekwan
        Agreed. This looks like a $400k car. Not radical enough to justify the price tag IMO. You only have to see an F40, F50, or Enzo on the road once to know what I mean. The Carrera GT, which I loved, has nowhere near the road presence of Ferrari's supercars. The 918 looks like an evolved CGT with a boring motor. Hybrid supercars is silly IMO. Leave those for the middle of the run cars. Supercars should be raw and nasty, Not refined.
          jvshenderson
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Smiley
          Disagree. I've spotted both an F40 and a Carrera GT on the streets of Chicago in the past year, and aside from the (obvious) color of the F40, both had equal presence and head-turning ability. The Carrera GT looked and sounded extremely exotic...
        waetherman
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Daekwan
        Let's face it - no car makes sense at nearly $1m. What people are paying for is not performance or technology but exclusivity. I think the real upper limit for supercars is about $200,000 - anything above that is just padded profit margin.
        RocketRed
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Daekwan
        I find it really hilarious that poeple are talking about "value." All of these will be spoken for, and no one will be sitting at the finance booth at the dealership sweating about what interest rate they will get. More to the point, no one driving a 400K car will be going up to a 918 Spyder owner in the Goldman Sachs parking garage and saying, hey bro you got ripped off. They will be bowing their heads. They will seriously not utter the words Mustang or GTR unless they want to have someone laugh in their face. This is an ultra-exclusive ultra-performance car. As for the performance, I suppose the Porsche engineers should have had a Mustang on hand to benchmark, right? How much quicker to 60 can a car go without racing slicks? How much terminal speed do you need to prove performance---200mph stopped being an interesting benchmark for supercars with the F40. If people have gripes about the stats, they can step into a 911 Turbo S and bury anything on the street, on the track. This car is about pushing the technological envelope in a refined streetable package. Porsche easily could drop a 1000bhp engine in this car, in addition to electric propulsion, but that is not the point here.
        AU3783
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Daekwan
        Top speed is 199 mph, it can propel itself to 94 mph off of electric power. 0-60 and mpg are not the end all be all of what defines a car as well. I haven't driven this car nor will I ever most likely but as a porsche I'm sure it will handle like one as well which you won't get from your mustang, and the interior, fit and finish etc you won't find as well. Is the price expensive? yes definitely but that's how it is for very limited production cars. cars like these need to be made for the technology to advance, and I'm thankful to all the rich guys that will be buying it so that the cars of tomorrow are even more awesome.
        NissanGTR
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Daekwan
        The GT500 is far slower to 60 and at 200mph, its going to fall apart. Its not designed to be that fast just because it has the power for it. Simple minded people like yourself will not understand the cost of incorporating performance while having efficiency in a small package while also being low weight.
      bonehead
      • 2 Years Ago
      While I do like this car i just feel it will get outclassed. The new Enzo is expected to be a power to weight monster, and this wonderful car has less than 600hp and an astronomical price. To put it in perspective you can get 2 Lamborghini Aventadors and a TT-RS for the price of this car. This car in indeed awesome but i think id take one Aventador over it.
        oneiron
        • 2 Years Ago
        @bonehead
        Hope you are on good terms with the Lambro service manager. Your Aventador will spend more time there than with you. Most of your miles will be spent driving to and from the dealership.
        joejoe509
        • 2 Years Ago
        @bonehead
        Well I could buy 34 Honda Civics for that price! I'm getting kinda sick of the "I could buy 5 of this car for the same price" argument. That's not the point. I personally think the F70 to be more expensive than the 918. I think it'll touch $1Million. But yes I agree that I expect the F70 to blow the doors off the 918 and it'll have its own share of mind blowing tech. But I also don't think that's a bad thing for the 918. I really think that these two cars will appeal to two very different people. The F70 will appeal to the enthusiast collector whereas the 918 will probably get driven from time to time. The 918 will appeal to the jet set demographic that wants the best cutting edge technology that no other car has yet.
      Mchicha
      • 2 Years Ago
      I would just go and buy a Hennessey Venom GT, looks just like this and goes like stink
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