Porsche officially announces prices for flagship hybrid supercar
Porsche 918 Spyder, the world’s first hybrid super race car, will retail for $845,000 when it officially goes on sale in 2014. The 918 Spyder is planned for production at the end of September 2013. The entry-level model will cost $845,000 while the 918 Spyder Weissach Package will cost $929,000.
The super sports car concieved to evoke Le Mans-winning 917 racecar, is designed as a plug-in hybrid vehicle combining a high-performance combustion engine with cutting-edge electric motors. 918 Spyder will provide on the one hand, the dynamics of a racing machine boasting more than 770 hp, on the other hand, fuel consumption in the region of three litres per 100 kilometres.
World’s first hybrid super race car will have full carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) monocoque with unit carrier, fully adaptive aerodynamics, adaptive rear-axle steering and the upward-venting “top pipes” exhaust system.
“What we are doing with the 918 Spyder is redefining driving fun, efficiency and performance,” said Wolfgang Hatz, Member of the Executive Board Research and Development of Porsche AG.
The combination of combustion engine and two independent electric motors – one on the front axle and one in the drive line, acting on the rear wheels – poses completely new demands on the development of the operating strategies. “They are therefore a critical component in this vehicle into which we have put all of our expertise and capacity for innovation,” said Wolfgang Hatz.