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Porsche Planning New Model Between 911 and 918 Spyder?

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On: Tue, Oct 26, 2010 at 1:09PM | By: Chris Weiss

Porsche Planning New Model Between 911 and 918 Spyder?

Porsche is in the process of trying to boost yearly sales to nearly double the level of last year. With such an ambitious goal, it's clear that they're going to need some fresh blood--there's only some many different types of 911s that the market is willing to take. According to a new rumor out of Europe, one car Porsche is considering is a high-end coupe that would slot between the 911 line and the upcoming 918 Spyder Hybrid.

Given what loose speculation that we're dealing with at this stage, not much is known about what the car would look like. However, just the fact that Porsche is thinking about expanding the line with a car in that segment is much more ingratiating than other rumored Porsche vehicles (baby Cayenne!?).

The new Porsche would reportedly be based on existing powertrain components, and it's speculated that the car would mimic the 918 Spyder's combination of green driving and high performance, only with a smaller powertrain. AutoBlog suggests that the car might get rid of the hybrid aspect altogether in favor of the a more traditional 911 flat-six, but given its spot in the lineup along with Porsche's recent focus on hybrids, it seems more likely that it would be some form of hybrid. The 918 Spyder Hybrid features the 500-hp 3.4-liter V8 engine from the RS Spyder race car, so there's plenty of room underneath that engine for a smaller Porsche plant paired to electric motors.

Of course, this car could very well disappear into thin air at any time after this report, so powertrain options are irrelevant at this point.

Regardless of what becomes of this rumored model, the 918 Spyder Hybrid will become the flagship Porsche. Porsche confirmed the model for production in July. Debuted as a concept in Geneva earlier this year, the 918 Spyder Hybrid delivers a combination of performance and fuel economy set to make it a paradigm-changer. With its 3.4-liter V8 and electric motors, the sports coupe funnels 718 horses toward hitting 62 mph in 3.2 seconds and topping out at 198 mph. Yet it still manages to bring home an estimated 78 mpg. And the production version is expected to get even more power.

The car is expected to hit the market sometime after 2014 with a production of around 1,200 models. Rumor puts the cost of the 918 upwards of $600,000, so the market could definitely use something equally innovative but a little less pricey.


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