Porsche’s new hybrid super car, the 918 Spyder, has been caught testing.
In these pics, the 918 is donning a new body as opposed to it’s previous spy shots. It seems to really be taking shape, and still resembles the original concept photo.
It features a 4.6-liter V8 that was originally fitted to the 3 time ALMS MLP2 Championship-winning RS Spyder that puts out 570hp. Now 570 hp from one engine is great and all, but why not throw in 2 electric motors as well? One electric motor is wedged between the engine and 7 speed transmission while the other is mounted on the front axle, making it all-wheel-drive on-demand. All of this combined power gives the 918 up to 770hp and 553 lbs-ft of torque.
The 918 can go 0-60 in under 3 seconds and can ge tup to 124mph in under 9 seconds. Top speed? 204 mph. Remember, this is a hybrid. It can go effectively get up to 90mph without using a single drop of fuel. Porsche has also said that they are working on being able to charge these batteries in 20 minutes. Porsche is also doing a great job with the weight. If you look at cars like the Fisker Karma, you will see it’s hard to make a light electric car with such heavy batteries. The final production model is said to weigh less than 3,700 lbs, which is amazing for a car that has 2 huge batteries.
The production examples of the Porsche 918 will be on sale September 18, 2013.