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Porsche Makes Another Automotive History with 918 Spyder Plug-in Hybrid




The 2014 Porsche 918 Spyder vehicle configurator debuted, following the introduction of the production model at the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show.

The configurator offers 12 exterior paint colors, three wheel choices and seven interior treatments. The exterior paint choices include Liquid Metal Silver and Liquid Metal Chrome Blue. The wheel choices include 918 Spyder wheels painted in Platinum, while the interior choices include a leather interior in Onyx Black with piping in Acid Green.

Interior options include a cupholder, six-point seatbelts and a fire extinguisher.

Owners can also arrange to pick up their car at the factory in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen or Leipzig, according to the configurator. The Leipzig setup includes three hours of track time in the car under professional supervision.

Pricing is not available on the configurator, but Porsche said earlier that the plug-in hybrid will start at $845,000 when it goes on sale later this year. The base 918 Spyder can easily top the $1 million mark with the addition of 10 high-end options

Fifty years ago, the Porsche 911 was revealed to the world at the Frankfurt Auto Show as a successor to the storied 356 model and the brand's latest, most advanced and capable sports car. It instantly drew the attention of the media and enthusiasts alike and marked the beginning of an icon.

From the start, it united seemingly impossible traits into one sports car: a purposeful and striking design, powerful yet efficient engine positioned behind the rear axle. With these elements, the 911 proved to be as comfortable taking laps on the track as it was being driven on a daily basis. One of the keys to these capabilities was its practicality; its shapely body hid a surprisingly convenient 2+2 seating configuration and ample luggage space, thanks to its spacious front trunk and handy rear parcel shelf combined with foldable rear seats. No other car has attained the 911's perfect blend of performance, quality, practicality, and efficiency. All these traits, combined with an instantly recognizable shape, would solidify the 911's place as an object of desire transcending generations of Canadians.

But to be able to withstand the sands of time, a vehicle has to be engineered accordingly. Porsche was the first production manufacturer to use galvanized steel in the construction of its vehicles. The 911 adapted the body-panel rust-proofing process in 1975. A testament to its durability and longevity, 85 per cent of all 911 models are still on the road today. Porsche has always been at the forefront of technology. A rich and successful racing history has allowed the brand to develop the very latest technologies and incorporate them into series production. Innovations such as a turbocharged gasoline engine (from 1974) and all-wheel drive (from 1988) have helped shape the brand as a leader and innovator.
Of course, the 911 has always been synonymous with its distinctive rear-engine layout. Its horizontally-opposed engine, located aft of the rear axle, inherently provided unparalleled dynamic qualities. This remains true to this day. This year, we introduced the all-new GT3 which represents the ultimate and purest expression of the 911 yet. The 911 family is also welcoming, for 2014, the range-topping 911 Turbo and Turbo S models, which will again place these models in a realm of supercar-like performance capability.

And on the topic of supercars, the production version of the Porsche 918 Spyder ultra-high performance road car was unveiled a few days ago in Frankfurt. Much like the famed Porsche 959 did in the 1980s with its revolutionary display of technology such as all-wheel drive, twin sequential turbochargers, height-adjustable suspension, and six speed manual gearbox, the 918 Spyder ushers in a new era for the automotive world.

Its state-of-the art electric and combustion engine power units are capable of producing incredibly high levels of performance but can also be extraordinarily efficient. The electric mode allows for up to 25 kilometres in emission-free driving and can reach speeds up to 160 km/h before the internal combustion engine comes to life. Plug the car in and the battery pack can be recharged in as little as 30 minutes with the available high-capacity charger. The 918 Spyder channels its power through an all-wheeldrive system, bringing an everyday driveability element not typically associated with such exotic levels of performance. In true Porsche fashion, the car can be specified in any desired shade and even with a paintless vinyl body-wrap option from the factory - a production first.

Much like the 911 did half a century ago, the 918 Spyder marks the beginning of a new and exciting chapter in the automotive world.

Porsche Makes Another Automotive History with 918 Spyder Plug-in Hybrid Reviewed by Blogs on 2:01 AM Rating: 5

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