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Porsche Production 918 Spyder Hybrid To Get Even More Power

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On: Fri, Aug 13, 2010 at 12:11PM | By: Chris Weiss

Porsche Production 918 Spyder Hybrid To Get Even More Power

After much buzz and speculation, Porsche announced two weeks ago that it will produce the 918 Spyder Hybrid. In the hybrid's first appearance since becoming an official Porsche model, Porsche has given a glimpse of what to expect from the production model and it may include a larger engine, stronger body and more technology. The new information comes from a private event that Porsche held at the Concours d'Elegance in Pebble Beach, California.

A TeamSpeed forum member is the source for the new information on the Porsche 918 Spyder. He reportedly attended the Porsche event and reported back with impressions and information.

On to the good stuff...Porsche plans on increasing the displacement of the V8 engine in the production version of the 918. The concept featured a 500-hp 3.4-liter V8 racing engine, and it is expected to get a boost, possibly up to 3.6 liters. Combined with the electric motors, the concept put out a total of 718 horses, so with the larger gasoline engine, the production model should put out even more. Whatever its final specs, the engine will be mated to Porsche's PDK transmission, which is expected to be the only option available.

As to the body, the production model will trade some of the carbon fiber on the front end for aluminum to stiffen it up for crash safety. It will also get a revised bumper, and the exhaust pipes may slide underneath that bumper. On the concept, the exhaust was on the side and Porsche hasn't decided whether to keep it there or move it in back. Moving up top, the 918 will offer both hard and soft tops.

The 918 will be the first Porsche to get a touchscreen interface on the center console. It may also feature rear-view cameras in place of mirrors.

While no hard figures were offered, production is expected to run in the 1,000 to 1,200 range. A previous report originally published by Bloomberg indicated a price of 500,000 euros, which would translate to about $640K if cashed in today.

The Porsche 918 Spyder Hybrid concept made its world debut at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show. As designed for the show, the car teamed the 3.4-liter V8 engine with rear- and front-axle electric motors to deliver 718 hp. All that engineering wasn't for nothing; the 918 hits 62 mph in just 3.2 seconds, tops out at 198 mph and circles Nurburgring in 7:30. Meanwhile, fuel economy is given at up to 78 mpg.

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