Porsche continues the long tease of its upcoming 918 Spyder; the latest instantiation here at the Pebble Beach Concours with the car presented in pre-production form to the throngs on the golf course.

Just a few days ago Porsche dropped an image of the car on its official Twitter feed. True to that leak, this 918 looks damn near what we expect the full customer version to be when it is officially debuted in Frankfurt. The neon-green brake calipers are items new to this version of the 918, and seem to be an identical color to those found on the Panamera S E-Hybrid.

When it shows up as a drivable piece, expect the Porsche supercar, with its gasoline-electric drivetrain, to be pretty insane. Horsepower in excess of 800 ponies will be available with a toe-tap, while the price of entry is expected to come within shouting distance of $850,000. A good deal for Porsche to bring the thing to Pebble then, where buyers with that kind of cash are think on the ground (and most likely wearing sherbet-colored trousers).

We've got image galleries of both our new live images from here at Pebble, and the latest official photos of this late-stage Porsche prototype, browse with confidence.


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      CarMaven
      • 1 Year Ago
      The irony is; the 918's benefits have already trickled down to other lesser expensive Porsche, before it's even released. But some here still complain. 1) it's 4W steering has trickled down to the 2013 GT3 and Turbo already. 2) The GT3 will be getting it's sports seats, and Carbon Fiber Brakes. 3) The Panamera, and Cayenne Hybrid, will be getting the new and improved Electric Engine, and [probably] it's unique, innovative, imperceptible "brake bleeding" regeneration system, to go along with it, etc.. 4) The new weight saving ideas, including blended Carbon Fiber Aluminum pieces. Etc.. And this doesn't include, what the car can actually do, which is a lot. But many of you, still want to complain. SMH
      vi_per
      • 1 Year Ago
      Looks awesome.
      Ian
      • 1 Year Ago
      Put my deposit down 2 years and 7 months ago. / Clock is ticking not much longer.
        purrpullberra
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Ian
        Awesome purchase! What do you think of what you see so far?
          Ian
          • 1 Year Ago
          @purrpullberra
          I'm amazed. I keep dreaming about scenarios in which I shall partake with this machine. Granted, thr truth be told, I am co-op purchasing this with two other individuals, but all the same.
      icemilkcoffee
      • 1 Year Ago
      What is up with the huge panel gap next to the headlight? Even a Chevy Cavalier wouldnt leave the factory looking like that.
        Pingü Kùtú
        • 1 Year Ago
        @icemilkcoffee
        i dunno, does pre-production means its gonna leave factory just like that?
      Porsche4life
      • 1 Year Ago
      Oh man I can't wait till this car is out. Then I wanna see people talk ****. I can't remember the countless times that porsche slaps other Cars in the face. Till this day every one else try's go compare to porsche all the time. There is a reason for that. Porsche. There is no substitute
      Frisky_Dingo
      • 1 Year Ago
      I love it. I hope it fairs well against the McLaren and Ferrari. Having said that, for the money, I'd have a Carrera GT, a Singer 911, and a new 991 S DD.
      RGT881
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's a terrific car which is ruined by its heavy batteries. Someone will buy this and go the Lutz route: remove the batteries, give it a proper turbocharger and only then be able to enjoy the sublime chassis.
        Cayman
        • 1 Year Ago
        @RGT881
        So you think there is going to be a rush of people that are going to spend $1M for a car that they don't want and then spend another small fortune to make the car they do want, which at the end of the day is a lesser performing car than they originally had??? Why not just originally buy the car you want and then stack $500K in a big stack and have a nice bonfire???
        CarMaven
        • 1 Year Ago
        @RGT881
        Why would they remove the batteries, when it's the electrical engines that give the 918 instantaneous, and extremely flexible 940lbs of torque? You do realize, this cars torque to weight ratio is much higher than the Mclaren's and higher than the P1? And keep in mind, a decent portion of their torque comes from a shorter Kers boost, compared to the near locomotive, larger electrical motors of the 918. PS: Porsche removed the drive line and placed the batteries, electrical motors, and heavy components, deep/low in the vehicle, and within it's wheel base. So it's Center of Gravity is lower than the other two vehicles, believe it or not. Every writer that has driven the 918 on a track, says it has no over or under steer. They also say, it handles and steers out of corners like a bat out of hell, with no nervousness. So keep the batteries.
          Joeviocoe
          • 1 Year Ago
          @CarMaven
          @ spinftwin... Your analogy about a bowling ball having lower center of gravity compared to a basketball indicates that you know very little about what you are talking about. Both are spheres, their center of gravity is located exactly at the axis of rotation... therefore neither has an advantage in the way they roll. Kicking has more to do with the elasticity... and throwing indeed has to do with weight... but neither is applicable to a car. When SMART people talk about center of gravity being lower... they mean in relation to the wheels and their axis of rotation (which are generally are at more or less the same across the same type of car). Putting weight below the axle means that there will be less roll. And YES, the driving dynamics improve greatly.
          Porsche4life
          • 1 Year Ago
          @CarMaven
          What is the point of taking the batteries out. The whole point of this is to try new technology and learn. If they take the batteries out then it's another super car with an engine only. Nothing learned and gained there. There will always be something new and the only way to take everything In is by adapting to it. Without trying different ideas and formulas you will be spinning in the same spot. So you decide how you run your own.
          spinftwin
          • 1 Year Ago
          @CarMaven
          It is easy to get a lower center of gravity than the P1/F70 when it has big dense batteries mounted low in the car, but this does not make for superior driving dynamics. A bowling ball has a lower center of gravity than a basketball, but it is much easier to kick/throw the basketball because of its low weight.... While I'm sure the 918 will have a great driving experience with electric, it could still be faster (and closer to the delightfully pure Carrera GT) without batteries.
          sparrk
          • 1 Year Ago
          @CarMaven
          @ CarMaven, electric torque is instant, but it decreases as the RPM increases. RGT881 is right, the 918 is a good car, but as performance car it is held back by the heavy batteries and electric motors. This car would be a lot faster and would handle better with just an internal combustion engine.
          spinftwin
          • 1 Year Ago
          @CarMaven
          @ Joeviocoe You say that "weight is not applicable to a car" and you get upvoted? It was an imperfect analogy, I admit, because balls don't aren't on a suspension. But I was trying to explain that many heavy objects have a low CoG, but that doesn't prevent the weight from hurting performance. Every pound of battery that is on a 918 will still need to be accelerated by the engine, decelerated by the brakes, and redirected by the tires during cornering no matter how low it is mounted in the chassis. Just like a bowling ball is harder to accelerate than a basketball when you apply a given force to it. Of course a low CoG improves performance a fair bit, but a low weight improves performance even more. Assuming equal horsepower (which could be achieved by turbos), a 918 weighing 3500 lbs with a CoG 2 feet off the ground will be far slower than a 918 weighing 2500 lbs and a CoG 4 feet off the ground... Now obviously this was not Porsche's goal, and the 918 will be a very fun, very versatile, very green car. But RGT881 is correct that a "Lutz version" would be faster, and CarMaven is wrong when he implies that low CoG will compensate for high weight.
          Joeviocoe
          • 1 Year Ago
          @CarMaven
          No.... I didn't say that, and you have the BALLS to put quotes around something I didn't say? I said Kicking and Throwing are not applicable to cars... because YOU made the comparison between cars, basketballs and bowling balls.
        CarMaven
        • 1 Year Ago
        @RGT881
        I meant the 918 has a higher torque to weight ratio vs the P1 and La Ferrari earlier. Lastly: Why would you put a turbo charger in the 918, and ruin the sound of that beautiful NA 9150 RPM engine note? This is not the P1, which uses turbo chargers. The 918's engine will be allowed to rev like crazy, cause the electrical motors provide shove at low and mid RPM's. So it doesn't need turbo chargers. This is part of the beauty of the 918 compared to the others. You get the best of both worlds. You get great, instantaneous torque (no turbo lag or vacuum cleaner sound) through out the rev range. But with a high spinning, thrilling NA V8. What else can you ask for?
          sparrk
          • 1 Year Ago
          @CarMaven
          "What else can you ask for?" - A bigger V8, RWD only and no electric motor and batteries.
          CarMaven
          • 1 Year Ago
          @CarMaven
          @Sparrk The 918 produces 940lbs of torque in 7th gear. If you had read what I wrote (which you obviously didn't), Porsche had already "engineered" the weight out of the car, with it's low COG, 4W steering, 4W drive and tremendous brakes. That's why every writer and driver that has driven the car, has said 'it has no roll, pitch or inertia, and corners flat, and you can literally accelerate in or out of corners with no drama'. I guess you missed that part about people who actually drove the car, who said it handles flat. I'll take their word, until shown otherwise. SMH And Sparkk is right. A low COG on a car is not a bowling ball, cause the car rotates around an axis as Spark mentioned on tires. No one is lifting or kicking the car. If you made the 918 a 3000lb 600 hp/394 lb torque, it'll be another Carrera GT with less torque (and slower ring time). The added horse power and torque at 3600 lbs, actually makes the car accelerate faster, with a higher top end speed to boot. Trust Porsche's engineering, and the actual drivers and writers that have already commented on the vehicle.
      Jai
      • 1 Year Ago
      C7 ZR1 will be better
      • 1 Year Ago
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        CarMaven
        • 1 Year Ago
        You do realize that Porsche Holding SE, owns 51% of Volkswagen AG. Did you account for that? What do you think that's worth? SMH/LOL And let's see how long Tesla's (if what you said was even true) stock price can stay up? Good company so far. But It's part of any new business cycle. And their early in it. Right now, it's all based on speculation, 1 or two good new products, and positive hope for the future. Tesla's a good company so far. But let's see what their worth 60-70 years from now (like Porsche and VW), when they have to actually produce products, meet customer, critical, manufacturing and investor demand, all those years. It's funny how the least knowledgeable people here, are always the ones to have a smart Alec comment about this car.
          Cayman
          • 1 Year Ago
          @CarMaven
          I seriously doubt Tesla's stock price of valuation is much of a concern to Porsche. Porsche is probably far more worried about their own company's stock price which has done very well. Tesla isn't really a competitor to Porsche.
          • 1 Year Ago
          @CarMaven
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          @CarMaven
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      Justin B.
      • 1 Year Ago
      I know it's a special car but I just don't feel anything when I look at it.
        mazeroni
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Justin B.
        I feel like they were trying to recapture the Carrera GT in this design but failed. The design is either overwrought or underdeveloped, I can not tell which.
        Brex
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Justin B.
        I voted you up simply because you have your own opinion and it was a valid comment. People vote down, not on the merits of the comment but on whether or not they agree.
      hans wee
      • 1 Year Ago
      seriously it doesnt look that great. porsche needs to just take a cayman, make all of the skin out of carbon fiber and put a 911 turbo engine in it with bigger tires / brakes. and call it a day. lighter than this hybrid weirdness and probably way better.
      Adam
      • 1 Year Ago
      Meh I'll spend my dream money on a Pagani Huayra... This car just doesn't do anything for me
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