Porsche is taking orders for the 918 Spyder. The automaker’s Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen plant will build no more than 918 examples of the split-personality plug-in hybrid, and production is scheduled to begin on Sept. 18, 2013 (9/18, get it?). Porsche pegged the 918 Spyder’s sticker at $845,000, before destination and handling charges. Customers who order the 918 Spyder also will be given an early chance to buy a special-edition 911 Turbo S, with styling, design and color cues reflecting the 918 — and a production run limited to 918. The coupe costs $160,700 and the cabriolet $172,100, excluding destination.
Project XG10 — or the 918 Spyder concept — will pave the way for the next Porsche supercar. And what a supercar it is going to be: in addition to the normally aspirated, high-revving, 3.4-liter V-8 good for more than 495 hp, the striking 918 Spyder has three electric motors onboard that add another 215 hp to the tally. Says Wolfgang Dürheimer, board member in charge of R&D: “This car can lap the Nürburgring faster than the Carrera GT. At the same time, it averages 78 mpg [on the EU driving cycle] when driven gently. XG10 stands for X1, Geneva 2010. X1 is the code name of the 918 Spyder, which is only one version of many. Potential variations include a 918 coupe, an electric 918, and a 918 RS/RSR. This car can be either two- or four-wheel drive, have plug-in electric or gasoline power, come with an open top or a fixed roof, and be either a racer or a street machine. Its genetic evolution dates back to the 1997 Porsche GT1, which was a Le Mans–winning 911 on steroids.
Let’s hope that high performance Hybrids will continue to be pushed by the automotive industry so us blue collar folk can enjoy the benefits that will surely trickle down to the Tiburons,Z’s,Accords,Hondas,STi. You know what I’m saying.