Production photos of the replacement to the almighty Porsche Carrera GT are finally here in the form of this production version of the upcoming 918 Spyder. Along with the photos, Porsche revealed the technical specs as well. Power is to come from a 4.6L V8 producing 608 hp which will be connected to a hybrid system at the rear of the car adding 154 hp. On top of that an electric motor is also attached to the front axle producing a further 127 hp. Adding all of that up totals out to 887 hp! With this drive train set up the torque figures are equally confusing. The internal combustion engine is rated at 390 lb/ft at 6,600 RPM whereas the electric motors are capable of up to 940 lb/ft! With all that power available Porsche estimates 0-60mph in 2.8 seconds. Porsche is known for underrating their performance figures so we expect it will be even faster. Last year at the Nurburgring Porsche invited journalists along for test drives and the current production car lap record was easily matched and by the time production begins the car will have had another year of development testing. What you are looking at then is a car that will very likely blitz the previous record of 7:14.While the photos show a production ready car, it is actually not quite there yet. The chassis and and motor are about 80-90% ready and Porsche is in fine-tuning mode to get everything just right before launching. We expect production to start sometime next year and the car will be labeled as a 2015 model.
For the official press release from Porsche click here