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Porsche Starts Taking 918 Spyder Orders, Offers Special Edition 911 in the Meantime

posted by on 21 March 2011 in Automotive News

We still haven’t actually seen the production 918 Spyder, but just as Porsche recently announced a factory expansion for the non-existant Cajun crossover, the company has also started taking orders for its spectacular plug-in hybrid supercar. An official press release does at least indicate that the car “is very closely modeled on the 2010 concept car.” However, the production version will use a carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) monocoque and will feature two manually-removed roof panels that can be stowed in the front luggage compartment.

Engine details grow a bit clearer today. The car’s V8, derived from the one used in the RS Spyder race car, will displace a little over four liters and produce at least 500 hp, while a pair of electric motors–one on each axle–will add a combined 218 horses. A seven-speed PDK will do the shifting and a liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery will provide enough juice to drive about 16 miles without firing the gas motor. A figure of 94 mpg imperial is promised, as well as a 0-60 mph time of just 3.1 seconds and a top speed of 199 mph (or 94 mph on pure electric.) Porsche has targeted seven minutes and 30 seconds around the Nurburgring to ensure its new halo car is quicker than its old one. The Carrera GT lapped the track in 7:32.

Pricing for the 918 Spyder will start at 645,000 euros for customers overseas and $845,000 here in the States. Production will be capped at an appropriate 918 units and the first will roll off the line on September 18, 2013 for delivery by November of that year.

Early adopters are bound to get impatient waiting that long, so in typical Porsche style, the company is letting customers spend a little extra money to have instant satisfaction. Starting immediately, the 911 Turbo S Edition 918 Spyder will be made available only to those who buy a ticket to the main event. It’ll be offered in coupe or convertible form, with special details that reflect the 918’s design. The calipers, mirrors, instrument needles, seat stitching, and a few other elements will be colored “acid green” and the edition is commemorated by a special plaque on the glove box door as well as by green script on each door. The glove box plate will wear the same production number as that customer’s 918 Spyder, so owners will never forget where they are in line and owning a matching pair in a few decades will make the set seriously desirable. Pricing for those cars starts at $160,700 for the coupe, $172,100 for the convertible.

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