Porsche 918 Spyder Hybrid makes world debut at the IAA 2013
The much awaited Porsche 918 Spyder makes its world debut in a few days from today in Frankfurt at the IAA 2013. The all-wheel drive 918 Spyder produces 887 bhp, thanks to a combination of a V8 engine and an electric motor on the rear axle and another electric motor on the front axle.
Porsche’s latest technological benchmark is going to change even the most cynical mindsets when it comes to hybrids – this ‘plug-in hybrid supercar’ will accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 2.8 seconds while sipping between 3.0 to 3.3 litres of the unleaded per 100 km! However, much before the 918 Spyder goes on sale, Porsche would be pulling off another segment first by offering the first plug-in hybrid in the luxury class, the Panamera S E-Hybrid. It is a step-up from the previous Panamera S Hybrid and puts Porsche at the forefront in the race to develop fuel-efficient drive concepts for sports cars.
The 918’s launch coincides with the 50th anniversary of the 911 and therefore the Carrera fans have something to cheer about too – a “50 years 911” limited edition model. It is based on the current 911 Carrera S and in addition to a comprehensive features package and various visual references to the early years of this legendary sports car, the limited edition model combines the wide body of the all-wheel models with the traditional rear-wheel drive of the original 911, which also featured a flat-six engine that transmitted power to the rear wheels. Only 1963 special models are available – the same number as the year of the 911 world premiere.
As if the 918 and limited edition 911 were not enough, Porsche will be presenting the new 911 Turbo as well in the Frankurt Motor Show. The first 911 Turbo prototype was showcased at the IAA in 1973 and on its 40th anniversary Porsche is bringing in the 911 Turbo and S models with new all-wheel drive, active rear-axle steering, adaptive aerodynamics, full-LED headlights, etc. Oh yes, the Turbo S gets 560 horsepower making it the fastest accelerating 911 yet!
Having delivered around 95,300 new vehicles worldwide this year from January to July, Matthias Muller, President and CEO of Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, is confident to sell more vehicles in 2013 than 2012, which happens to be the most successful year to date in Porsche’s history, with 143,096 vehicles sold and sales of EUR 13.9 billion.