Porsche posted a picture of what it is calling "the latest production version" of the 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder on Twitter. It looks like the gasoline-hybrid supercar is being driven sportively on some California back roads during Monterey Speed Week.

Whatever updates were made to this version aren't visual (except for the paint), as the one Chris Harris drove last spring and another seen hot-weather testing in Nevada both had production bodies. We presume the changes are relatively minor and more than skin deep – perhaps brake calibration, suspension tuning or tweaks to the powertrain – but Porsche didn't release any more information.

The 918 Spyder is Porsche's latest supercar, which will compete with the LaFerrari and the McLaren P1 hybrid supercars. The Porsche may be the underdog of the group when considering horsepower, acceleration, top speed and price, but the 887-horsepower brute has the most advanced hybrid drivetrain of the three.

UPDATE: Porsche corrected its earlier tweet, saying, "‚ÄčThe earlier image of the 918 Spyder is the latest pre-production version. The production version will be unveiled at Frankfurt."


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      • 1 Year Ago
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        Feurig
        • 1 Year Ago
        Glad I wasn't the only one thinking this... tired of seeing "Martini" and the flames version.
          waetherman
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Feurig
          Personally, I never get tired of seeing it in Martini livery.
          Cayman
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Feurig
          Personally, I haven't gotten tired of looking at any of them. I can't figure out which one I like best. That top back section could be the sexiest thing I've ever seen on a car.
      Andy
      • 1 Year Ago
      it looks unbelievably gorgeous.
      Jazzor
      • 1 Year Ago
      All hail the rebirth of the Carrera GT!!!! Looks soooooo freaking good!!!
      Ron
      • 1 Year Ago
      The 918 is an amazing engineering achievement! I'm waiting for some of the technology to trickle down to their more affordable models.
      CarMaven
      • 1 Year Ago
      The "Underdog" Autoblog? Do you actually know anything about this car, beyond internet chatter, bickering? The Porsche has more Torque. Much more torque, and torque per lb than the others, especially the Mclaren. Plus, the much talked about "extra weight" of the 918 is useful. It has 4 W Drive, 4Wheel Steering, and a whole bunch of [that] torque which can be used through a flexible range, in any gear. The advanced electrical, and hybrid power train (as well as technology, manufacturing process) is a bonus.
      Arch
      • 1 Year Ago
      Amazing car
      OptimusPrimeRib
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm not a Porsche fan but this is definitely a worthy successor to the magnificent Carrera GT. I would love to see a comparo between this, the P1, and the La Ferrari.
      ChrisJC
      • 1 Year Ago
      I was unsure, aesthetically wise, when I saw the pre production model in its race livery that is shown in the photos below(with the 18 on it) and in the Chris Harris review video, but this production model in grey metallic looks great. It looks like a worthy successor the the lauded Carrera GT. Can't wait to see more pics/drives.
        CarMaven
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ChrisJC
        That's why they're "pre-production models". Plus, they had no real paint jobs. It was primer, with the ugly orange liveries (Chris Harris video), and hanging parts. Lol
      purrpullberra
      • 1 Year Ago
      This car is so awesome. I love the degree to which Porsche have gone to build a true hybrid supercar with real world electric car capabilities. I agree with CarMaven that ignoring the torque numbers and all wheel drive and calling the 918 an underdog shows that the author doesn't really get it. The LaFerrari is an e-assist LaCrosse compared to this. Well... maybe that's too far. But I'd bet the 918 beats the Italians in almost every head to head match up. Dogdamn, I want one so bad!
        CarMaven
        • 1 Year Ago
        @purrpullberra
        It's nice to see someone paying attention. Cause trust me, I really wouldn't want to bring it up/stand out here. But it just appears like lazy journalism from the writer. The magazine reporters who actually drove this car on the track, said it was absolutely phenomenal. Nothing like the weight would suggest. And as you/I said, that extra weight's useful (4W drive, steering, torque from electrical engines and it's batteries). It's not dead weight. Those other cars (P1 even LaFerari), can only get a Kers boost but for so long; where the Porsche's will give you more real world electrical performance (higher, more prolonged, flexible, monstrous torque). And you know, the Porsche, will run all day on a track (as the magazine writers attested the 918 prototypes already did). And I agree with you. The Porsche will probably beat the others in 0-60 (yes), 1/4 mile (probably), handling (believe it or not), and possibly ring time (though most here, won't believe it). The P1, LaFerrari, will probably be faster in the upper end in a straight line (over 150 mph), I have no doubt about that either. And even if the others were a few ticks faster on the ring (which remains to be seen): Porsche has came up with a super advanced car, that looks good/sounds good, which can set records on your local track. But can still be driven around town in, and burn 0 gas in silence (depending on distance) in your daily commute to work. That's a phenomenal engineering achievement. The others are not on that level.
      Beancounter
      • 1 Year Ago
      I don't think this car is relevant anymore. Why has it taken so long to release. Seeing how they've done this exact "show off" at least 3 times by now is a clear indication of engineering problems. Sorry Dr. Ing but this one is a loser.
        juststudent
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Beancounter
        The concept version hit the light in 2010 and now it seems very close to production. Not very long. For comparison sake, Nissan GTR concept first arrived in 2001, reworked again in 2005 and finally launched in 2007.
          Cayman
          • 1 Year Ago
          @juststudent
          Exactly. And it's not like they are just picking a bunch of high performance parts off the shelf, they are developing all new systems and technologies to build this car.
          Beancounter
          • 1 Year Ago
          @juststudent
          I'm glad it took them that long. At least you can buy 10 of them and for the price of one 918 and they will all still be faster 0-62 (stock).
        biopsea
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Beancounter
        please espouse what you feel IS more relevant. I'm waiting.
          Beancounter
          • 1 Year Ago
          @biopsea
          Three cars come to mind: La Ferrari P1 Huayra Aren't these the cars that Porsche is competing with?
        Feurig
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Beancounter
        He isn't "Dr. Ing." That stands for "Doctor of Engineering," so "Dr. Ing h.c. F Porsche" means "Doctor of Engineering honoris causa Ferdinand Porsche."
        NissanGTR
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Beancounter
        Porsche is German and Germans like being right the first time. Plus this is a prototype for the technology to be expanded to other models in the near future. Like what Lexus did with the LFA.
          • 1 Year Ago
          @NissanGTR
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          Julio B
          • 1 Year Ago
          @NissanGTR
          LFA? What technology has trickled down to other Lexus or Toyota models? The digital tach? Even the Dodge Dart has one of those now. The LFA whas obsolete the day it came out.
      Hi There Paul
      • 1 Year Ago
      I would assume that those are the exhausts right behind the driver's, & passenger's heads. Very cool looking location, but what happens if you are in slow moving traffic with a breeze gently wafting from the rear, wouldn't that get kind of exhausting?
        Cayman
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Hi There Paul
        If you're in slow moving traffic, hopefully you'd be running on electric.
          Hi There Paul
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Cayman
          Righto! Being of an older generation with less memory cells than I used to have, I forgot that.
      Bernard
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wake me up when you can actually buy one...
        Cayman
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Bernard
        It's a 2015, so if you're lucky you can buy your's next year. Start saving your penny's now.
        Julio B
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Bernard
        I will never be able to buy one, even when they start selling it. Sweet dreams LOL
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