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Confirmed: Porsche to Unveil 918 Spyder Coupe at Detroit Auto Show

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On: Thu, Jan 6, 2011 at 11:32AM | By: Sherry Christiansen

Confirmed: Porsche to Unveil 918 Spyder Coupe at Detroit Auto Show

Porsche fans the world over are marking off their calendars in anticipation of the big unveiling at next week’s Detroit auto show. The Porsche devotees and other industry observers are gearing up for the roll out of the 918 Spyder. What’s the big deal? Number one; it’s Porsche, and It has been four years since the automaker has made an appearance in Detroit. In the minds of many car fanciers, that is way too long.

With the 918 Spyder, Porsche will be showing off a two-seater sports car with a mighty V8 engine under the hood. If the specs come to fruition, this car will be kicking up an impressive 600 horsepower, and set you back around $670,000. Clearly not a car you’re going to let the kids drive.

The insiders releasing this info don’t want to be identified, but many feel that if the news is out there it must be true. This new Spyder is going to utilize the identical platform as the hybrid version of the 918 Spyder. In the hybrid version, you can push the pedal to the metal and hit 62 mph in 3.2. Not bad for a hybrid!

Like other versions of their sports car, Porsche has authorized a limited production for their Spyder. They’re still playing things close to the vest with regard to sticker prices and serial numbers. Coming back to Detroit isn’t the only thing occupying the powers that be at Porsche. They are putting the final touches on their merger with Volkswagen. Part of the merger plans includes the addition of four brand-spanking-new model lines. If all goes according to their wish list, they will be doubling annual sales to a mighty 150,000 cars by 2014.

Porsche is also in the development stages of a compact sport-utility vehicle called Cajun. This auto will stand proudly next to its “cousins” the 911, Boxster, Cayenne, and Panamera series. Taking a look at the Porsche spreadsheets, they have upped their American deliveries by 21% last month alone. This translates into 2,567 cars and SUVS rolling out of dealerships with the Porsche logo. The reason Porsche hasn’t been kicking it in Detroit for the last couple of years is because they needed to concentrate on expanding in the U.S. market by focusing on the Los Angeles auto show, where they presented the Cayman R mid-engine sports car back in November. All eyes now shift to Detroit.

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