Set to be unveiled on September 18, Porsche continues to test the much-awaited 918 Spyder on the road. The car was recently spotted at the Nürburgring taking laps in the famous Martini Racing livery.
Prior to this, the German automaker displayed a concept car for the 918 Spyder during this year’s Geneva Motor Show. However, the model that was spotted hitting the road at the company’s R&D center in Germany last May features slight changes.
Meet the Porsche 918 Spyder
The car spotted heading to Porsche’s R&D center has a smoother front end and smaller air ducts. The windshield has a more upright angle, the cabin was slightly lengthened, while the air vents at the hood were ditched.
In order to house the advanced gasoline-electric driveline of the Porsche 918 Spyder, its haunches were placed over the wheels, and the overhang was extended. It is concentrated within the bottom half of the car to provide the lowest-possible center of gravity.
The vehicle may look like a coupe, but it has a detachable carbon-fiber panel. It also has hot pipes, which are used to expel exhaust that appears at the top of the engine bay. Additionally, the Porsche 918 Spyder boasts a rear wing that replicates the production car’s downforce for a more complex, multistage retractable device.
Under the hood, the car features a 4.6-liter, V8 direct-injection engine that is based on the 2008 Le Mans’ class-winning RS Spyder prototype. There were also claims that it can 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.
It was also reported that the Porsche 918 Spyder features 770 horsepower, 553 pound-feet of torque, and a top speed of 200 mph. 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 under 3,748 pounds and can hit 62 mph in 2.8 seconds.
In relation to this, the German automaker will only build 918 examples of the much-awaited sports car. Each model will cost $845,000, excluding destination charges. The 918 Spyder will be the crown of the German automaker’s lineup when it debuts next year. It only goes to show that the much-awaited sports car from Porsche is moving up-scale.