Porsche 918 Spyder Scores 7:14 Nürburgring Time, Brochure Leaks Online

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No good news goes unpunished – Porsche may have released the official Nürburgring lap time for its new 918 Spyder prototype, but it also had the unwelcome leak of what appears to be the production car's official brochure. Porsche has claimed that its new hybrid supercar will run the famed racetrack in just seven minutes and 14 seconds. That is well under the 7:22 lap time that Porsche promised the 918 Spyder would clock. In fact, that is even faster than two of the Nürburgring lap time leaders – the Gumpert Apollo has run the track in 7:24 and Porsche's previous Carrera GT supercar made it around the Green Hell in 7:32. Porsche is rightfully proud of the 918 Spyder's time, especially given that it was done on street tires and from a standing start. As a refresher, the 918 Spyder produces a massive 795 hp and 552 lb-ft of torque from a combination of a 4.6-liter V-8 and a pair of electric motors. If that horsepower figure seems higher than before, that's because it is. We previously reported that the 918 would produce 770 hp, but Porsche has now officially locked in these new figures. We’re still waiting for further comment on the car's alleged 202-mph top speed and 78-mpg (on the European cycle) capability. If you want to get your hands on a Porsche 918 Spyder, get ready to open your checkbook: pricing starts at $845,000 and only 918 will be made, with production starting next year on – you guessed it – 9/18. Thanks to the leaked brochure scans, we now have a better idea of what to expect when the 918 hits showrooms. There will be twelve exterior color choices, along with the limited availability (depending on your country's laws) of two classic racing livery wraps. Available only on the yet-to-be-detailed Weissach package that is supposed to include "measures to improve driving dynamics" buyers can choose from either the classic red/white/blue Martini Racing design or the red/white Salzburg Racing design. Unsurprisingly, the exterior is almost identical to the 918 Spyder concept that debuted at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show. However, the leaked shots give us our first clear look at the interior. With a rising, plank-like center console, the 918 looks like a 21st-century update to the Carrera GT's cabin. The console has just three knobs, each of which is surrounded by what look like touch-capacitive glass buttons. There is an audio control screen at the top of the console, and an infotainment screen on the dash next to the instrumentation. There are three gauge pods: a large tachometer is placed front and center (as per Porsche tradition), a speedometer placed on the left, and a information screen on the right. The thick, three-spoke steering wheel has a mess of buttons that, we can only assume, control the audio system and information screens. It also has one very particular control: a big red button sprouting out between the right and bottom spokes – could it be to tap into extra power from the electric motors? Outside of the flashy electronics, the cabin is a somber affair, dressed in all black with metal trim and acid green accents. With production beginning next year, expect to see more information about the Porsche 918 Spyder to make its way out of the halls of Stuttgart in the coming months. Stay tuned. Sources: Porsche, Team Speed

Tom
Front end looks a lot like the Ferrari 360. Beautiful though.

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