Wednesday, May 12, 2010

The Porsche 918 Spyder may go into production – 900 buyers already secured?

This is Porsche’s latest hybrid concept. Called the 918 Spyder it made its premiere early last month. This 1,409kg concept features a high-revving V8 powerhouse that makes 500 PS and two electric motors, one for each axle. Both motors can crank out 218 PS bringing combined power figure to the 718 PS mark.

It uses a liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery pack and has Porsche’s 7-speed PDK which is responsible for gear changes. There are four driving modes ranging from Hybrid to Race Hybrid. It can also run exclusively on electric power for up to 25 kilometers in E-Drive.
It is able to hit the century mark in under 3.2 seconds and lap the Nurburgring in less than 7 minutes and 30 seconds. These are pretty impressive figures but the most interesting fact is that the Spyder can deliver an average fuel consumption of just 3 liters per 100 kilometers which is mind blowing! Now this is after all a concept vehicle and we are not sure if it will ever go into production.

There was a rumor circulating that Porsche will put the 918 Spyder onto the production lines if it can attract enough buyers to justify the production. Bloomberg has reported that 900 people have signed up for the Spyder and this looks like good news for the concept and for the people behind it.

Porsche’s development chief Wolfgang Duerheimer said in an interview, “I’m confident that we will soon reach the threshold of 1,000. We need 1,000 seriously interested people to make a sound business case.”

A similar move was employed on the Porsche Carrera GT and it eventually made it into production. If you ask me, getting another 100 people to sign up for Spyder shouldn’t be all that hard. If it gets the green (I will be surprised if it doesn’t) it should maintain the overall design and drivetrain but with some minor changes of course.
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