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Porsche to build 918 Spyder

Mon, 21 Mar 2011

Porsche today announced that it will build the 918 Spyder, a road legal version of the 718bhp hybrid sports car that made its debut at the Geneva motor show last year. The company says the hybrid sports car will be limited to just 918 examples and be offered in left-hand drive only in order to ensure exclusivity of the new model.

Based on a carbon fiber-reinforced plastic monocoque, the 918 Spyder's design DNA is derived from the Carrera GT and Porsche 917 race car as well as the RS Spyder. The Spyder is closely modeled on the 2010 concept, but the production version of the two-seater features a manual roof system with removable roof panels that can be stowed in the front luggage compartment.

Production of the 918 Spyder will begin in September 2013 with customer deliveries expected to commence in November of that year.

Porsche is also offering every customer placing an order for the 918 the exclusive opportunity to acquire a 911 Turbo S ‘Edition 918 Spyder', which has been inspired by the characteristic individual features of the hybrid two-seater. With its glove box branded with the same number as the 918 Spyder the customer has ordered and the same acid green embroidered logos adorning the seats and bodysides, the 911 Turbo S ‘Edition 918 Spyder' can also be ordered in the same color the customer has chosen for their 918 Spyder. It is also limited to a 918 unit production run.

By Eric Gallina