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Porsche 918 Spyder

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A sports car produced by Porsche.

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The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's Porsche 918 Spyder page on 23 January 2020, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

The Porsche 918 Spyder is a mid-engine plug-in hybrid sports car manufactured by German automobile manufacturer Porsche. The 918 Spyder is powered by a naturally aspirated 4.6 L (4,593 cc) V8 engine, developing 447 kW (608 PS; 599 hp) at 8,700 rpm, with two electric motors delivering an additional 210 kW (286 PS; 282 hp) for a combined output of 887 PS (652 kW; 875 hp) and 1,280 N⋅m (944 lbf⋅ft) of torque. The 918 Spyder's 6.8 kWh lithium-ion battery pack delivers an all-electric range of 19 km (12 mi) under the US Environmental Protection Agency's five-cycle tests.

Production began on 18 September 2013, with deliveries initially scheduled to begin in December 2013, and a starting price of ~ €611,000 (US$845,000 or GB£511,000). The 918 Spyder was sold out in December 2014 and production ended in June 2015.

The 918 Spyder was first shown as a concept at the 80th Geneva Motor Show in March 2010. On 28 July 2010, after 2,000 declarations of interest, the supervisory board of Porsche AG approved series development of the 918 Spyder. The production version was unveiled at the September 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show. Porsche also unveiled the RSR racing variant of the 918 at the 2011 North American International Auto Show, which combines hybrid technology first used in the 997 GT3 R Hybrid, with styling from the 918 Spyder. But that version didn't make it to production. The 918 Spyder was the second plug-in hybrid car manufactured by Porsche, after the 2014 Panamera S E-Hybrid.


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DateArticleAuthor/Source
31 July 2012Porsche 918 Spyder in Martini Racing colours Matt Hubbard, Speedmonkey
20 September 2012Porsche 918 Spyder sets Porsche's fastest ever lap of the Nürburgring Matt Hubbard, Speedmonkey
17 May 2013Official! Porsche 918 Spyder - specs, prices and photos Matt Hubbard, Speedmonkey
20 August 2013Porsche 918 Spyder - this is what it'll look like on the road Matt Hubbard, Speedmonkey
30 December 2019Notice of Receipt of Petition for Decision That Nonconforming Model Year 2015 Porsche 918 Passenger Cars Are Eligible for ImportationFederal Register: NHTSA (Otto G. Matheke III)


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