Porsche’s much anticipated new supercar, the 918 Spyder, will cost the equivalent of R9 million and be available exclusively in left-hand drive according a Rennteam forum post. The same post also goes on to list key features such as powertrain info and an optional spec package.
The 918 Spyder will be powered by a 4,6-litre normally aspirated V8 that will produce 432 kW and send in excess of 500 N.m of torque to the rear wheels. The petrol powerplant will also be assisted by two electric motors that will send extra oomph to either axle. Combined, these motors make 183 kW, but total output could be closer to 593 kW and 780 N.m of torque on offer between 1 000 and 4 000 r/min.
The company’s seven-speed PDK transmission will have the task of sending the torque to the rear wheels, with Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus, an auto stop/start system and a “sailing” fuel economy mode to help the driver make the most out of any driving situation and keep emissions to a minimum. The 20-inch alloys up front and 21-inch pieces at the rear are wrapped by 265/35 and 325/30 rubber respectively, while carbon-ceramic brake discs bring the 918 Spyder to a stop.
An optional Weissach package removes 35 kg of excess weight through the generous use of carbon-fibre plastic, titanium, and ceramic components. The alloy wheels make way for magnesium pieces while the unwanted electronic pleasantries such as the air-con system, audio, and external charge station wiring are all removed as well. Spartan appointments such as straps instead of door handles, and lack of carpeting in the boot are additional features in the Weissach package.
The numerous optional extras are, as one could well expect, quite pricey. The magnesium wheels on their own cost well over R300 000, while a special foil/liquid metal combination (instead of regular paint) will cost over R600 000. The price paid for the exclusivity of Porsche’s new halo model will undoubtedly be a hefty one…