We had all hoped that Porsche would make a follow-up to the 2004 Carrera GT supercar. After a positive reaction to its 2010 918 Spyder Concept, the Stuttgart-based automaker has decided to put the 918 into production, albeit with a limited run of 918 models each at a price of $845,000 — not including destination and handling fees.
Staying true to the concept, the 918 Spyder will be powered by a 4.0-liter, 500-plus-horsepower V-8 coupled with two electric motors that Porsche says will produce at least 218 additional horsepower. The V-8’s power will be routed through a seven-speed PDK dual-clutch transmission to the rear wheels.
The two electric motors will be mounted directly on the front and rear axles, creating an all-wheel drive system with individual control for each of the axles. Power for the electric motors will be stored in a liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery pack, which should take about seven hours for a full charge on a normal 110V household outlet. The 918 will be able to travel at least 16 miles on electric power alone from a full charge, and hit a top electric-only speed of 94 mph, depending on driving conditions.
Porsche estimates the production 918 to make the run from 0 to 60 mph in an electrifying 3.1 seconds and on to a top track speed of 199 mph, with a lap of Nurburgring Nordschleife polished off in seven and a half minutes flat. Porsche also expects the new plug-in hybrid to achieve approximately 78 mpg on the new European driving cycle; EPA estimates will be released closer to the car’s U.S. delivery date at the end of 2013.
For those that need a “daily driver” to go with their 918s, a limited edition 911 Turbo S Edition 918 Spyder will be available in either coupe or cabriolet for those who purchase the 918 Spyder. The special edition 911 will come in a matching color scheme to the 918 with acid-green accents. Only 918 of them will be produced, each with a price of $160,700 for the coupe or $172,100 for the cabriolet, not including destination or the price of the required purchase of a 918 Spyder.
Production for the 918 will commence on September 18th of this year (9/18) at Porsche’s factory in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen. However, starting today, you can put your order in for one of the 918 918s; no word yet on how many will be slated for U.S. consumption, but we’re pretty sure that even with the high price tag they will all get snapped up quickly.