The plug-in coupe combines a 500 horsepower V8 engine with two electric motors that add the equivalent of 218 horsepower. The engine is based on the based on the Porsche RS Spyder racing engine, with a rear-wheel-drive, seven-speed Porsche-Doppelkupplung (PDK) double-clutch gearbox.
Porsche says the car will go zero to 60 mph in 3.1 seconds, with a top speed of 199 mph. Top speed on electric power alone will be 94 mph–within limited distances, of course.
Electric-only range on the car under slower driving conditions will be roughly 16 miles; recharge time on a 110V/10A outlet will take seven hours.
Made of a carbon fiber-reinforced plastic monocoque, the 918 Spyder will include a manual roof system with removable panels that can be stored in the front luggage compartment. Manufacturer suggested retail price: $845,000.
Production of the Spyders won’t start until September of 2013. Expect limited production of……yes you guessed it! 918 only!