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New Porsche 918-Based Supercar Concept to Debut in Detroit

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On: Tue, Dec 7, 2010 at 10:25AM | By: Chris Weiss

New Porsche 918-Based Supercar Concept to Debut in Detroit

Well, here's some good news to start your week off right: Porsche is planning on bringing a new supercar concept to the North American International Auto Show in Detroit next month. Interestingly, the car will not be the next iteration of the 918 Spyder Hybrid, which Porsche confirmed for production in September, but instead, will be a brand new concept that's said to share some components with the 918 concept.

Porsche's new supercar will mark its return to the Detroit Auto Show, which it's missed for the past few years. No firm details have yet been made available, but Autocar states that the car will be "closely linked" to the 918 Spyder Hybrid and will be a "spectacular new concept that points towards a future roadgoing model." It's thought that the concept will share parts of its platform and other components with the 918, though Autocar speculates that it will be a more traditional fuel-powered layout rather than a hybrid like the 918.

A mid-engined car to slot between the 911 line and the 918 Spyder Hybrid had been rumored in October. If the Detroit concept materializes, it will be clear that that rumor was spot on.

Porsche is transitioning into trying to double its annual sales to 150,000 models per year. As part of this effort, it is expanding its line with new models. In addition to this new rumored concept, Porsche is also working on a small SUV, popularly called the Cajun, and is also reportedly working on an entry level model to slot below the Boxster.

With a rumored price tag of over $600,000, Porsche has plenty of ground to work with between the 918 Spyder Hybrid and the Carrera GT ($440,000). The former features two electric motors and a 500-hp 3.4-liter V8 for a total of 718 horses and 78 mpg. The latter features a hulking 5.4-liter V10 engine worth 605-hp. It will be interesting to see what Porsche decides to use the ground between the 918 and 911 for. I'd love to see either of those engines complemented with some type of smaller electric-assist system for high-performance driving and fuel savings. At the very least, it will look at least a little distinguished from the 911.

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