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In the Works: Porsche 918 Spyder

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A prototype of the Porsche 918 Spyder has been spotted hitting the road at the car manufacturer’s R&D center in Germany. The company has released slightly camouflaged pictures of the car, able to reach speeds of 202 miles-per-hour, while it’s being tested during shakedown runs.

Dubbed as a supercar, the 918 Spyder resembles the original concept that was displayed at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show.  Primitive prototypes with 911 body panels were test driven earlier this year.

The 918 Spyder Is Out Of the Box

The vehicle appears to be very similar to the concept model that was displayed, although several changes were made during its production. It has a smoother front end and smaller air ducts, while the air vents on the hood were ditched. The windshield has a more upright angle, and the cabin was slightly lengthened.

Haunches were placed over the wheels and the overhang was extended, probably to house the advanced gasoline-electric driveline. It is concentrated within the bottom half of the Porsche 918 Spyder to provide the lowest-possible center of gravity.

The car may look like a coupe, but it has a detachable carbon-fiber panel. It also has top pipes, which are used to expel exhaust that appears at the top of the engine bay. In addition, it boasts a rear wing that replicates the production car’s downforce for a more complex, multistage retractable device.

Under the hood is a 4.6-liter V8 direct-injection engine which is based on the 2008 Le Mans’ class-winning RS Spyder prototype. The 918 Spyder claims to rev up to over 9,000 revolutions per minute, and has a pair of electric motors. One motor can be found on the front wheels, while the other is within the gearbox housing to provide a rear drive. This contributes to the vehicle’s 770 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque.

The Porsche 918 Spyder channels power through a single-gear transmission on the front axle, and a seven-speed dual-clutch unit at the rear. It has a curb weight of less than 3,748 pounds and can hit 62 miles-per-hour in 2.8 seconds.

 

Porsche will release a limited number of assembly cars, with the first example slated to be unveiled on September 18. The 918 Spyder will be the crown of the German automaker’s lineup when it debuts next year with a price of $845,000.

Being a nice vehicle with advanced technology, the Porsche 918 Spyder proves that the car manufacturer is moving up-scale. This only means that people might no longer see a model below Boxter anytime soon.

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