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New Details On Porsche 918

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On: Mon, Apr 18, 2011 at 9:49AM | By: Chris Weiss

New Details On Porsche 918

The Porsche 918 Spyder is one of the most exciting cars on the horizon and we're following the story closely. Thanks to the leak of an internal dealership document, we have some new details to report. Actually, they're mostly just confirmations of existing details—but hey, it's the Porsche 918 Spyder; all news is good news.

The document, which was given to 'World Car Fans' by an anonymous source, confirms that the Porsche 918 Spyder will be using the same powertrain that it had when it debuted at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show: a 500-hp 4.0-liter V8 engine assisted by two electric motors worth a combined 218-hp. A seven-speed PDK takes on gear control.

While those numbers are nothing new, they help to answer some questions. Rumors had indicated that the production 918 might get even more power than the concept version. In January, Porsche brought the race-spec 918 RSR to the Detroit Auto Show, equipping it with an upgraded version of the V8 worth 563-hp. But, according to this leak, it looks like Porsche will offer the 918 in its original tune.

The engine/motors will work together via four different driving modes. The most versatile is Hybrid, which uses both the gas engine and the motors. Hybrid Sport is a more performance-oriented mode that funnels more power to the rear wheels. Race Hybrid is an even more focused performance mode that is designed for track use. E-Power is an all-electric mode that Porsche estimates will deliver up to 16 miles of no-emissions driving.

So far, Porsche has only four colors in mind for the 918. According to the leaked document, owners will be able to choose from simple colors like Carrera White, Platinum Silver Metallic, Black, and Basalt Black. However, given that buyers are plunking down $845,000 for their car, we'd imagine Porsche will give them a little leeway when selecting and customizing paint.

Other equipment mentioned in the leak includes double-wishbone suspension with Porsche Active Suspension Management and Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus.

Production is scheduled to get underway in September 2013 and order books are open now.


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