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Porsche prices 2014 918 Spyder

by Drew Johnson

Porsche has afixed a staggering price tag to its upcoming 918 Spyder hybrid supercar.

After nearly three years of speculation, Porsche has announced official U.S. pricing for its upcoming 918 Spyder hybrid supercar. The 918 Spyder bowed in concept form at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show and could make its production debut at the 2013 edition of the annual show.

According to Porsche's latest pricing report, the 2014 918 Spyder will carry a price tag that would make any modern-day Ferrari or Lamborghini blush - a cool $845,000 to be exact. And that's just for the base model. Stepping up to the 918 Spyder Weissach Package will set you back $929,000.

Although Porsche has yet to confirm details of the 918 Spyder, the hybrid supercar is expected to make use of a 4.6L V8 mated to a pair of electric motors. On its own the gas engine should be good for 580 horsepower and 370 lb-ft of torque, with the electric motors boosting the car's total output to 795 horsepower and 569 lb-ft of torque. The 918 Spyder is expected to deliver an equally impressive 78mpg.

The Weissach Package doesn't add any more power, but it does improve the car's overall performance thanks to a 77 pound weight reduction and an improved braking system. Porsche says the 918 Spyder Weissach Package is 8 seconds faster around the Nurburgring than the standard car.

The 2014 Porsche 918 Spyder is capable of hitting 60 mph from a stop in about three seconds, continuing on to a top speed of over 200 mph. Power from the V8 is transmitted to the rear wheels via a seven-speed PDK dual-clutch gearbox while power from the electric motors is controlled by computer and sent directly to the front wheels.

The 918 Spyder has several drive modes, offering different levels of performance and efficiency. E-Drive minimizes fuel consumption by using the batteries to power the car for up to 16 miles. Hybrid mode uses both electric and gas power for a blend of efficiency and longer range. Sport Hybrid adds torque vectoring for more performance-oriented driving. And, lastly, Race Hybrid maximizes both gas and electric output, without regard for efficiency.

Porsche will reportedly build just 918 examples of the hybrid sports car, but those customers will have quite the range of options. A previously leaked brochure, which appeared on Team Speed, revealed that the 918 will be available in at least 12 different colors as well as two special graphics packages.

Look for the 2014 Porsche 918 Spyder to go on sale later this year.

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