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Porsche 918 Spyder to get 875bhp to take on McLaren P1 & LaFerrari

Tue, 02 Apr 2013

The Porche 918 Spyder – Porsche’s hybrid supercar – is to get a power boost and go on a diet to better compete with the McLaren P1 and LaFerrari.

But the duo of hybrid supercars at Geneva will become a trio at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September when the Porsche 918 Spyder gets revealed in final production form before heading for a select group of customers in 2014.

It does seem to have taken Porsche quite a while to get the 918 Spyder in production-ready guise  but it seems they may have been waiting to see what McLaren and Ferrari had up their collective sleeves before settling on a production specification for the 918 Spyder.

Teamspeed are reporting on a buyer of the 918 Spyder who has been to Porsche’s Development Centre at Weissach to spec up his 918 Spyder and has reported back some big changes for the production car.

It seems that Porsche are upping the power from the hybrid setup of electric motors and 4.6 litre V8 to something in the region of 875bhp (it was 795bhp), there will be a 90 mile EV only range and four wheel steering and Porsche reckon the production 918 Spyder will be able to lap the Nurburgring in under 7 minutes (the prototype 918 Spyder took 7, 14s to get round the ‘Ring last year).

Fit and finish are said to be above and beyond anything McLaren and Porsche have delivered and the 918 Spyder is said to be ‘outstanding’.

It all sounds very promising, and we’ll find out for ourselves when the Porsche 918 Spyder arrives at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show in September.

By Cars UK