A few images of what looks to be the production Porsche 918 Spyder are here to say hello, courtesy of a patent office in China. If these provide an accurate look at what the hybrid supercar will look like, there are a few differences between it and the latest examples of the pre-production prototypes our spy shooters have seen.

The jerry-rigged turn signals inside the headlight enclosures and on the front fenders on the prototype are replaced with more polished units inside the headlamps located underneath the main beams. Behind that, the door handles have been swapped from horizontal latches on the door to vertical openings located just behind the door shutline.

We've also seen a Martini-liveried version of the 918 Spyder that has extra carbon elements that don't appear on this car. It was at the Nürburgring with carbon lips on the front fenders and another carbon element that hung from the rear fenders and ran down to the rear diffuser. When we saw the car on our Deep Dive piece, the front lips were gone but that rear piece remained, and we can't tell from the brochure and options sheet that we've seen so far what it comes with. The wheels from the concept and the green brake calipers, minus the polycarbonate covers, should be the standard fitment while the ten-spoke magnesium wheels will be a 29,750-euro (about $39,000 US) option.


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        donloki
        • 2 Years Ago
        Oh, that went on sale 9 months ago.. the Geely 915+3 Arachnid. I hear it aced all the crash tests.
        Sukairain
        • 2 Years Ago
        You underestimate the Chinese, the copy will probably hit the market before the real thing. All they need is a fiberglass shell on top of a 20year old Miata.
      2 wheeled menace
      • 2 Years Ago
      China has a patent office? lol
      Lachmund
      • 2 Years Ago
      most awesome car ever (at least to me). still...like others wondered before: china has a patent office?!!
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      ThomasP
      • 2 Years Ago
      TIL China has a patent office.
      purrpullberra
      • 2 Years Ago
      And what the hell is a "Chinese patent office"? Only explanation: AB left out the quotes.
      purrpullberra
      • 2 Years Ago
      A TOP 5 ALL-TIMEer without a doubt. I know production cars don't often resemble the show car but this looks like a plain $80k version of the show car. I'd still take one but I'd be a bit unhappy if I were a buyer. That said, I'm sure buyers were told that there would be a LOT of expensive options required to make the 918 look like it's supposed to. But really? I'm not a 911 fan but the 918 themed 911 is more exciting than this, IMO. I don't feel so bad now. ;)
        Lachmund
        • 2 Years Ago
        @purrpullberra
        what are you talking about. it looks exactly the same as the concept! only difference is the exhausts wich now are even more awesome on top of the engine
      Cameron Huntsucker
      • 2 Years Ago
      "Chinese Patent Office" - AHAHAHAHAHAHA, oh jeez that's funny.
        KAG
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Cameron Huntsucker
        Chinese Patent Office, best tracers ever work there.
        Hajime1990 #follow
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Cameron Huntsucker
        I doubt they even have the word "patent" in Chinese.
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        @Cameron Huntsucker
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      Jon Smith
      • 2 Years Ago
      The front of this car screams Ferrari 360 to me. Still, I love the design of this vehicle.
      jerry
      • 2 Years Ago
      I know if I was an advertising Company for Porsche, I think I would pretend there was a leak also, makes intresting reading if your not wise enough to know a lie.
        Lachmund
        • 2 Years Ago
        @jerry
        no need for viral marketing. everybody knows how the car looks since it will look exactly like the concept with even more wicked exhausts
      donloki
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'd like one with a roof please.
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