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|Chris Harris on Cars: The Porsche 918 Spyder||
The main man of all things cars, Chris Harris, is at the envy of us all once again. He recently got to test drive (and really drive, if you catch my drift) a Porsche 918 Spyder.
This hyper car produces a mammoth 608 horsepower and the engine alone weighs 140kg. Needless to say, this car is a beast.
So enough of the talking, lets get down to it. Check out the (typically Chris) video below. Enjoy!
|Chris Harris On Cars: Driving the 887 Horsepower Porsche 918 Spider – Video||
Many of you have adored Chris Harris’ cheeky but amusing antics in just about every single video of him in that On Cars – Drive Network puts out. For once, we are left a bit in the wind as to whether Chris ‘likes’ the new Porsche 918 Spyder. As a hypercar hybrid, it seems he likes it. As just a hyper car pitted against the likings of the new Ferrari La Ferrari and McLaren P1, like it? Hmm, not so much. You decide by checking out his latest as he gets three laps behind the wheel of the Porsche 918 Spyder.
|Porsche Prices New 2013 Model Year Vehicles and Sticks $845K Tag on 918 Spyder||
There is a saying that if you have to ask how much a luxury vehicle costs, then you simply cannot afford it. This was a question that we had when we posted details of the new Porsche 918 Spyder. We were not saying that we could afford it, curiosity was just getting the best of us. Now, Porsche has released the official pricing on the new 918 Spyder at a lofty $845,000. But that’s not all – There is more! You can have this gem of German engineering at its best for an additional $84,000 tacked onto the $845,000 base price for an exclusive Weissach trim package. The package is said to reduce the curb weight by 80 pounds through deleting some interior amenities and adding light-weight carbon fiber pieces.
Don’t let the price tag of the new Porsche 918 Spyder scare you way from such a prided brand. There are many other relatively attainable new sports cars from Porsche as they officially update the pricing for the new model year. Below you can find a full list of pricing for the Porsche 2013 model year line.
U.S. Pricing – Model Year 2013
Boxster – $49,500
Boxster S – $60,900
Cayman (2014) – $52,600
Cayman S (2014) – $63,800
991 Carrera – $84,300
991 Carrera S – $98,900
991 Carrera Cabriolet – $96,200
991 Carrera S Cabriolet – $110,800
991 Carrera 4 – $91,030
991 Carrera 4S – $105,630
991 Carrera 4 Cabriolet – $102,930
991 Carrera 4S Cabriolet – $117,530
997 Turbo – $137,500
997 Turbo Cabriolet – $149,000
997 Turbo S – $160,700
997 Turbo S Cabriolet – $172,100
Panamera – $75,850
Panamera 4 – $80,450
Panamera S – $91,350
Panamera S Hybrid 4S – $96,150
Panamera 4S – $96,350
Panamera GTS – $111,000
Panamera Turbo – $138,650
Panamera Turbo S – $175,300
Cayenne – $48,850
Cayenne Diesel – $55,750
Cayenne S – $65,850
Cayenne S Hybrid – $69,850
Cayenne GTS – $82,050
Cayenne Turbo – $108,750
Cayenne Turbo S (2014) – $146,000
918 Spyder (2014) – $845,000
918 Spyder Weissach Package (2014) – $929,000
Prices do not include destination charges. The U.S. destination charge for sports cars is $950 and $975 for the Cayenne SUV and Panamera Gran Turismo. 918 Spyder destination charge is TBD.
|Chris Harris Rides Shotgun In The Porsche 918: Video||
If you’ve spent enough time driving cars on tracks, at speed, it becomes progressively more difficult to climb into the passenger seat of a car and let someone else do the driving. It’s not that you can’t acknowledge there are better or faster drivers, and it’s not that you don’t trust in their ability to drive a car fast, it’s simply that you don’t learn as much about a car’s behavior if you’re not behind the wheel.
If that’s true for us, it’s even more the case for someone like Chris Harris, who has exponentially more seat time in exponentially more cars that we do. By his own admission, Harris hates letting someone else drive, unless the car is a notoriously twitchy and unforgiving Group B rally car. Or, in this case, the upcoming Porsche 918 Spyder, which is arguably the most significant sports car engineering achievement in decades.
In case you’ve missed the hype on the 918, it relies on a parallel hybrid drivetrain to produce some 795 horsepower, yet still return fuel economy comparable to (or better than) many production hybrid sedans. Thanks to a full carbon fiber chassis, it’s relatively light in weight, tipping the scales at 3,740 pounds (3,663 with the Weissach package). Its 4.6-liter V-8 alone produces some 580 horsepower, yet weighs just 308 pounds. Since the car relies on a separate electrical system, the engine lacks any kind of external drive belt, too.
While Harris is impressed with the 918’s performance in both Silent and Race modes, he remains skeptical of the 918’s merits. To be honest, so do we, and we can’t help but wonder how much better the car would be if power came just from the 4.6-liter V-8, and the hundreds of pounds worth of batteries, motors and controllers was left on the assembly line floor.
Perhaps this is the future of sports cars, where those with enough money can get a car that fulfills both the need for speed and the need for environmental responsibility. On the other hand, buying a Nissan Leaf, a diesel Porsche Cayenne and a Porsche 911 GT2 RS would still cost you far less money than a 918, while serving up a better range of options.
If the 918 Spyder is the future of sports cars, perhaps we just need to drink a bit more Kool-Aid to accept that.
|Porsche’s 918 Spyder Laps The ‘Ring In 7:14||
If you were to compile a list of street-legal cars capable of lapping Germany’s Nürburgring Nordschleife in under 7:15, it would be a short one indeed. At 7:14.89, you’d find the Donkervoort D8 RS, at 7:14.64 you’d have the Lexus LFA with the Nürburgring package and at 7:12.13 you’d find the Dodge Viper ACR. Faster than that are the race cars thinly disguised as street cars, like the Gumpert Apollo Sport and the Radical SR8s.
Make a list of hybrids capable of lapping the ‘Ring in under 7:15, and the list includes but a single car. Yesterday, Porsche revealed on its Facebook page that the 918 Spyder had lapped the Nordschleife course in an impressive 7:14, shaving eight seconds off its previous best lap time of 7:22.
According to Porsche’s Facebook page, the car was equipped with the optional “Weissach Package,” although we have no idea what that may include. It was running on street-legal tires, which means that it likely could have gone even faster on race rubber.
It’s pretty clear that the 918 will live up to the performance expectations set by Porsche, but it’s still not clear if the car will deliver the impressive fuel economy (up to 78 mpg) that the German manufacturer originally claimed. We’ll find out when the car hits the market next year.
|Porsche 918 Spyder In Action: Spy Video||
Our friends at TeamSpeed.com posted up some exclusive spy video footage of the new Porsche 918 Spyder roaming German roads while in its full Martini Livery. Even though this supercar is a new hybrid breed, it still seems to produce the noise of a thoroughbred champion. Hit up the exclusive video below.
|Is This The Production Version Of Porsche’s 918 Spyder? Video||
Porsche has released plenty of images of its prototype 918 hybrid supercar, but has yet to publish stills or video of a production-ready version. If Left Lane News is correct, one of the automaker’s vendors may have stolen Porsche’s spotlight by releasing footage of the 918 production version before the Stuttgart-based automaker.
New York’s Canoe Studios recently held a pre-release party for potential Porsche 918 buyers. On display was the 918 RSR prototype racer, but after initial formalities the group was escorted to a secret room, where the production version of the 918 was revealed. The video below, filmed by Canoe Studios’ John Seabrooke and posted to YouTube by liquidsk8s, captures highlights from the event.
Some changes are obvious, like the larger side view mirrors and marker lights necessary to meet worldwide safety standards. Exhausts exit out the rear instead of the side (as on the RSR), and the wheelbase appears to be stretched to improve interior room. As with the prototype, the production version (assuming this really is it) is simply stunning, and we’d argue that it’s among the most beautiful Porsche designs ever penned.
When released, the 918 will produce a combined 770 horsepower via a 4.6-liter V-8 and a pair of electric motors. With one electric motor driving the front wheels and a second driving the rear wheels, the 918 can power two or four wheels as conditions warrant, with power from the car’s V-8 directed to rear wheels only. Despite such lofty horsepower numbers, Porsche claims the 918 can deliver “up to” 78.4 mpg, but we remain somewhat skeptical on that.
Pricing has yet to be officially announced, but you can safely bet the 918 will be among the most expensive Porsche models ever produced. If the car lives up to the hype Porsche has built around it, it will truly be ground-breaking.
|Porsche 918 Spyder Gets Legendary Martini Racing Team Brand Livery||
The new Porsche 918 Spyder is well under way for testing while enthusiasts anticipate this new hybrid exotic to hit local streets. Porsche AG and the legendary Martini (racing team) brand have signed a partnership agreement once again to make the Martini livery available for the new 918 Spyder.
The new 770 horsepower Porsche 918 Spyder was almost a no-show but as the hype suggests, we will see the 918 live on now with the availability in a shaken, not stirred, Martini form. What you see here is the latest Porsche 918 prototype in full Martini design, reminiscent of the original Martini Porsche race cars.
Porsche 918 Spyder specifications*
Two-seater Spyder; carbon fibre reinforced plastics (CFRP) monocoque interlocked with CFRP unit carrier; two-piece Targa roof; fixed roll-over protection system.
Parallel full hybrid; 4.6-litre V8 mid-engine with dry-sump lubrication; hybrid module with electric motor and decoupler; electric motor with decoupler and gear unit on front axle; electrical system recuperation; four cooling circuits for motors, transmission and battery; thermal management.
greater than 570 hp (V8 engine)
approx. 90 kW (hybrid module on rear axle)
approx. 80 kW (electric motor on front axle)
greater than 770 hp (combined)
Double-wishbone front axle; electro-mechanical power steering; multi-link rear axle with adaptive electro-mechanical system for individual rear wheel steering; optional electro-pneumatic lift system on front axle.
High-performance hybrid brake system with adaptive recuperation; ceramic brake discs (PCCB).
Lithium-ion battery with 6.8 kWh capacity (BOL nominal), 202 kW maximum power and mains-compatible plug-in charger.
Top speed greater than 325 km/h
purely electric greater than 150 km/h
Acceleration: 0 – 100 km/h less than 3.0 s
Total approx. 3.0 l/100 km
CO2 emissions: Total approx. 70 g/km
Purely electric greater than 25 km
Driving trials of the Porsche 918 Spyder are entering the next phase. A permanent fixture of the test programme for the 918 Spyder – and in the tuning process for all Porsche vehicles – is the 20.8 km long Nordschleife of the Nurburgring race course with its many bends and selective passages. After all, a lap time of less than seven minutes and 22 seconds is one of the development goals of the innovative super sports car with a plug-in hybrid drive.
The 918 Spyder combines a high-performance internal combustion engine with electric drives at the rear and front axles to achieve extraordinary driving performance and efficiency. The systems’ combined power output is expected to be greater than 770 hp. The car’s NEDC fuel consumption is forecast to be only around three litres per 100 km, which is equivalent to CO2 emissions of about 70 g/km. The monocoque, consisting of carbon fibre reinforced polymer (CFRP), reduces the car’s weight and delivers remarkable rigidity and precision. Other highlights are the car’s fully variable aerodynamics; adaptive rear axle steering and “top pipes” exhaust system which routes the pipes upwards. All of this makes the Porsche 918 Spyder a super sports car for the future, even though the styling of the prototypes is reminiscent of historical models.
The latest test vehicle is now turning laps in the legendary Martini® Racing look of many historic Porsche race cars, particularly from the 1970s. More than nearly any other race car design, the Martini® Racing look quickly attained cult status in those times and is still in vogue today. Martini® was already the official partner of the Porsche factory team between 1973 and 1978. Back then, the attractively designed “Martini® Porsche” race cars with their numerous victories were a centre of conversation. These victories included finishing first overall at Targa-Florio in 1973, winning the Sports Car World Championship in 1976 and overall victories at the 24 hours of Le Mans in 1976 and 1977. As early as 1971, a Porsche 917 finished first in the legendary endurance race in Le Mans with the support of Martini®. Whether a Porsche 908, 917, 935 or 936 or one of various 911 RS or RSR models, common to all of these race cars was the memorable Martini® Racing design implemented in a wide variety of forms.
Now, a new edition of this successful partnership is making the Martini® Racing design exclusively available to the innovative 918 Spyder. Porsche AG and the Martini® brand, represented by Bacardi & Company Limited of Switzerland, have once again signed a partnership agreement to make this possible.
[source: Porsche AG]
|Porsche 918 Spyder Production Confirmed – Priced at $845,000||
The new Porsche 918 Spyder Hybrid Sportscar now has an official price tag set at $845,000 and will go into production September 2013.
The 918 Spyder was first previewed at the Geneva Motor Show last year. The production version of the 918 Spyder is almost a dead ringer from that concept with only a few minor changes. Even though the first production is slated to be reality in about 2 years time and have a price tag of $845,000, we suspect that the orders will roll in fast (taking orders now) and you must react quickly to become the owner of the most expensive production Porsche. The production date is set for September 18th, 2013.
If you do not know what the Porsche 918 Spyder is all about, then let me enlighten you for a second. The Porsche 918 Spyder is an all-wheel-drive, plug-in gasoline-electric hybrid sports car. Sure that is a mouthful, but could you imagine the type of performance you will get from a 4.0-liter V8 engine producing 500 horsepower in addition to the output of two electric motors, producing 218 horsepower, for a total of over 700 horsepower. Let’s not forget about the carbon-fiber-monocoque chassis making this among the strongest and lightest supercars around. Porsche claims that these numbers are good for a dash to 60mph from a standstill in 3.2 seconds and a top speed of 199 mph. In electric mode the top speed will be 94 miles per hour. The 918 Spyder would get all of this performance on top of an estimated (by the European consumption cycle) 78.4 miles per gallon. Not your average Toyota Prius is it?
With the price of admission being $845,000, you would surely think that Porsche has lost their mind. I am sure that is what you thought about Toyota’s almost $400,000 price tag for the Lexus LFA? Don’t worry, customers who order the 918 Spyder will have the chance to acquire a special-edition 911 Turbo S Coupe or Cabriolet for another $160,000. The 911 Turbo S Edition 918 Spyder will have echoing design elements from the 918 Spyder.
“Customers who order the 918 Spyder also have the opportunity to acquire a special-edition 911 Turbo S Coupe or Cabriolet. Also limited to no more than 918 units, the 911 Turbo S Edition 918 Spyder will have exterior and interior design elements echoing the plug-in hybrid 918 Spyder supercar’s styling. It features similar exterior colors, carbon-fiber elements inside and out, enhanced leather equipment and numerous acid-green accents on items such as the brake calipers, illuminated sill plates, interior stitching and instrument cluster needles. A limited-edition badge on the glove compartment door will feature the same production number as the customer’s 918 Spyder.
Worldwide 918 Spyder customers can begin ordering this special edition 911 Turbo S sports car today, and customer deliveries will start later in 2011. The U.S. base manufacturer’s suggested retail prices for the Coupe and Cabriolet versions are the same as the standard 911 Turbo S models, $160,700 and $172,100 respectively, excluding destination.”
Be assured, there will be buyers and more than likely the 918 Spyder will sell out. So if you have over $800,000 lying around and you want a green go-fast sports car from the guys out of Stuggart, then the 918 Spyder may be for you. Don’t forget to pick up the 911 Turbo S model while you are at it. Maybe your wife, or girlfriend, can drive that.
|Videos: 2013 Porsche 918 RSR Revealed||
Obviously the Porsche GT3 R Hybrid was not enough for Porsche. The Germans wanted to push the envelop even further, hence their creation of the Porsche 918 Spyder Hybrid and now a full-on race car, the Porsche 918 RSR. The Porsche 918 is modeled after the infamous 917 but has advanced tech that you would expect in 2011.
The new RSR version of the 918 is slightly different from the 918 Spyder Hybrid, it is basically a true-breed race car. The 918 RSR, just like the 918 Spyder Hybrid, features internals made of carbon fiber reinforced plastic. The RSR version should pack a combined 767 horsepower from its hybrid drivetrain with part of that coming from a 6.2-liter V8 that revs to an astonishing 10,300 rpm.
Check out the Porsche 918 RSR Revealed at the Detroit Auto Show and several other exclusive 918 RSR videos from Porsche.
|Video: Jay Leno Gets A Walk-Around of the Porsche 918 Spyder||
Jay Leno recently took a close look at the new Porsche 918 Spyder at Pebble Beach. Jay describes the 918 as one of the most exciting cars of the decade. Jay meets up with Michael Mauer, head of design for Porsche AG.
The V8 hybrid is good for pumping out 738hp and get an astonishing 78mpg. The 918 Spyder may be the new ‘ultimate Porsche’. Check out Jay Leno’s video below! Enjoy!
|Porsche 918 Spyder Hybrid Driving Videos||
The new Porsche 918 made a driving debut just recently in Monterey, California before making an appearance at this year’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. The 918 Spyder prototype is a new technological marvel combining extraordinary performance and eco-friendliness. The 918 Spyder is capable of a 0-62mph time of 3.2 seconds and 198mph top speed. The 918 was able to lap the Nurburgring Nordschliefe in 7 minutes and 30 seconds which is faster than the Porsche Carrera GT’s time.
Enjoy the driving videos of the Porsche 918 Spyder Hybrid below!