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Old 05-12-2012, 08:55 AM   #1
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Porsche has been rather quiet on the 918 Spyder front since debuting the car at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show, but our spy photographers have just sent us the first-ever images of the hybrid supercar undergoing shakedown testing in its final body work.


Although still clad is some light camouflage, we can tell that the production version of the 918 Spyder will remain nearly identical to its show car counterpart. However, there are a few changes, including a longer body to accommodate a roomier cabin and the concept’s race-ready rear spoiler has been altered.



The car in question may look like a 918 Spyder, but the matte black camouflage is actually hiding a removable carbon fiber roof. The roof is expected to come off in two sections, which explains the line down the center of this prototype’s roof.
Power for the 918 Spyder will likely be provided by a 4.6L V8 developing about 562 horsepower. The car will also use a 107 horsepower electric motor at the front wheels and a 121 horsepower electric unit at the back, delivering a combined 759 hp and 568 lb-ft. of torque. Fuel efficiency is said to be 78.4 U.S. mpg, making this the fastest and greenest Porsche ever created.
The 918 Spyder will be capable of accelerating from 0-60 in under three seconds, carrying on to a top speed in excess of 200mph. Porsche says the car will lap the Nurburgring Nordschleife in under 7:30 – besting the Carrera GT.



Power from the V8 is transmitted to the rear wheels via a seven-speed PDK dual-clutch gearbox. Power from the electric motors is controlled by computer and sent directly to the front wheels.
There are several drive modes, offering different levels of performance and efficiency. E-Drive minimizes fuel consumption by using the batteries to power the car for up to 16 miles. Hybrid mode uses both electric and gas power for a blend of efficiency and longer range. Sport Hybrid adds Torque Vectoring for more performance-oriented driving. And, lastly, Race Hybrid maximizes both gas and electric output, without regard for efficiency.
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After realizing how strong the support was for the 918 Spyder following its debut as a concept car at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show, Porsche said that it would take the hybrid into production if the automaker could obtain 1,000 letters of intent – at an astonishing $600,000 per car. Leftlane reported in late April that Porsche had topped 900 letters of intent, giving the automaker enough confidence to begin moving forward with production despite being short of the goal at the time.
“I’m confident that we will soon reach the threshold of 1,000,” Porsche chief Wolfgang Duerheimer said in an interview with the media. “We need 1,000 seriously interested people to make a sound business case.”
And those 1,000 hand raisers better be in sound financial standing. The Porsche 918 Spyder is expected to arrive with a sticker price of $630,000.
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911 replacement?

Maybe?
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Old 04-26-2013, 09:36 AM   #5
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nope, Carrera GT replacement
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Looks much much better than the Carrera GT....I always thought that thing was pretty ugly
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911 replacement?

Maybe?
Why would....

Wha???

How does that question even....


Dd you not know anything about Porsche?

Porshce's new 991-generation 911 is new to the market, and has been getting press for months, as Carrera has been out for months, and now Carrera 4S and GT3 are coming out, as well.

918 is a hybrid drive V8 super car, and mid-engined, with an $800K+ pricetag, and has been a concept and pre-production for at least two years now.
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The type of **** Scrappy's been saying the past few weeks...I really think someone just haxxored his account and stole it. Or he has a brain parasite eating away at his axonal endings.
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The type of **** Scrappy's been saying the past few weeks...I really think someone just haxxored his account and stole it. Or he has a brain parasite eating away at his axonal endings.
His VW and age are getting to him
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Porsche being under the VAG umbrella, I figured he would know at least the basic current events surrounding Porsche.
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Look calm down you internet vulchers.

I have a theory. The 911 is a wonderful magic machine. It is magical because it keeps getting incrementally better with its obvious handicap of being rear engined.

In any dynamic test, a Cayman is a better car if they would equip is so. If both cars were taken to an illogical extreme like say a GT3. The Cayman would be better. MId engine is better than rear engine.

Now Porsche put the Panamera on top of the line up to handle the full size fast car segment. I see that as insurance that the 911 will never grow too much, but even with that being true, it is getting bigger (granted this one is lighter as well, kudos Porsche)

So eventually what is Porsche to do? You can keep developing the 911 which is challenged by physics or you can slightly 'alter' the spot the 911 keeps. Right now it is THE ICON of the brand, and that is a good thing! I say keep it as such. The 911 is quickly becoming an image vehicle. The image is becoming more and more important. It's image almost overshadows its performance. One cannot argue that it has turned from raw edgy driver to more Grand Touring in the past 2 decades.

So Porsche COULD move the 911 into uber fast grand touring car ICON, and make the Cayman the spirited Performance car it Could be. It would surely surpass the 911 without much effort. You could even say with just raiding the parts bin.

now is this going to happen???

panamera - 4 door grand touring beast
911 - 2 door grand touring beast
Cayman - agile street fighter
Boxster - convertible street fighter
Cayanne - money making cash cow.

I doubt it. But they have a car in the line up right now that has the potential to leave the 911 in the dust.

When the base 911 now costs over 100k dollars. They are moving away from fun sports car to expensive lifestyle car.

disagree if you like, heck I encourage it. But how far do you develope a package until you let the better sibling take over the reign as your race car.
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I doubt it. But they have a car in the line up right now that has the potential to leave the 911 in the dust.
They have always had a car that has more potential. They also realize the lineage is a huge part of what makes 911's hold value better than any other porsche. They have also said numerous numerous times that nothing will ever overtake the 911 as their top sports car, and I bet they would intentionally hinder their other cars in order to keep it that way.
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What do you mean you BET they would intentionally hinder other cars. Porsche has said exactly that.

What I am wondering is how long will they do that? Can they be clever enough to keep the 911 as the most desired model, while allowing the Cayman to overtake it in raw performance...which it could do quite easily.

I know the pecking order at Porsche...

But I am calling into question what is the companies ultimate goal. (besides make money)
Are they trying to shift the focus from performance to prestige.. they are close things but NOT the same. A car can have TONS of prestige and desireability while not being the uber champion of speed.

IF they are chasing buildng the best sports car in the world, then they should shift efforts into the Cayman, away from the 911. As the ceiling of performance of the Cayman is higher than the 911
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I'm not above buying a blown up Cayman and dropping a 3.8L real engine into it. I'm also not above robbing a bank to fund that endeavor.
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Cayman: no AWD possible
Cayman: no motorsport version available

the 911 will stay in the middle of the Porsche portfolio

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No motorsport version available because Porsche has not built a motorsport version...

No motorsport Porsche is AWD

you are not making a good point yet.
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the 918 is the new 959
they will make a simpler version of it which will be the new CGT
the cayman is the new 911
the new 911 is the new 928
the panamera is the new wtf
and the cayenne is the old wtf

this stuff is simple
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Look calm down you internet vulchers.

I have a theory.
The only problem with your theory is that you do not take into account that Porsche is no longer an independent company. Now that they're owned by VW, their car offerings are going to complement what VW makes with their other divisions (Audi, etc.) so as not to interfere *too much* with their overall portfolio. Considering VWs move towards world platforms, engines, etc., I don't see Porsche so much as a driver-minded Ferrari competitor as much as a Audi-like sportscar-business-machine.

Who knows - I really like the 918, but I just don't see them focusing on the driver as much anymore.
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Never said it was a good theory.......

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Never said it was a good theory.......

I never said my rebuttal was a good theory rebuttal either :P
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Will wait for this!
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The 911 will never be replaced or even changed from a RR layout. Heck, there was massive uproar from the faithful when it went to watercooled, much less if they were to ever convert the platform to a midship.
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Pics Aplenty: Porsche 918 Spyder shows its production body

We've seen it (in concept form, in officially rendered form, in flat black, and in Martini Racing livery), we've heard all about its 4.6-liter V8 with 608 horsepower, buoyed as it is by twin electric motors, its sophisticated all-wheel-drive system and carbon fiber monocoque chassis. We've even taken a ride in one. What we haven't had, up until now at least, is had all of these details about the Porsche 918 Spyder in one convenient press blast. And we also now know that it will be a introduced as a 2015 model.

Along with the official specifications, Porsche has seen fit to release a new batch of images showing its production body from all angles. We get a good look at the car's interior bits and pieces, including a few shots showing how people fit underneath the removable hardtop panel.

Porsche sums up its baby with the following words: Maximum driving fun with minimal fuel consumption. We like the sound of that, and we think it's cool that the 918 can travel up to 18 miles on electricity alone, with performance statistics that aren't far off what we had from sports cars from a few short decades ago.

We think you'll find plenty of interesting information in the press release below, but first, you'll want to browse through the high-res image gallery above to take in all the unique visuals. Enjoy!
Here's Chris Harris taking it for a spin. http://www.autoblog.com/2013/05/16/c...rsches-887-hp/

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