Porsche Puts the Finishing Touches on 918 Spyder Prototype

The last time we here at Bert Smith Porsche, serving St. Petersburg and the greater Tampa area, caught a glimpse of the Porsche 918 Spyder plug-in hybrid concept, it was... Let's say, unfinished. The hybrid sports car was missing most of its body panels, and honestly looked like something out of a cheap steam punk flick. Such, however, is not the case with the latest Porsche 918 Spyder prototype.

Rather, the new Porsche 918 Spyder is a remarkably striking vehicle. Not that we're surprised or anything. It features a black-and-white paintjob that seems a fitting tribute to the 917 racers of yesteryear, as well as the kind of aerodynamic body that only Porsche could craft. In fact, at a glance, it's nearly impossible to tell that the Porsche 918 Spyder concept is a plug-in hybrid at all.

And you certainly can't tell by its performance either. The Porsche 918 Spyder concept current races from zero to sixty in 3.1 seconds, and it boasts a top speed of 199 miles per hour. These impressive stats come thanks to the vehicle's 500-horsepower, 4.0-liter V8 engine and two electric motors.

Of course, being a plug-in hybrid, the true measure of performance in the Porsche 918 Spyder concept is found in its fuel economy. On the European test cycle, it travels at a combined rate of 78 miles per gallon, between its pure-electric and hybrid modes.

Production of the Porsche 918 Spyder is expected commence in a little over a year, with the fist models arriving by the end of 2013. The Porsche 918 Spyder is expected to be released in limited quantities with a price tag of roughly $845,000, so make sure to stay tuned to the Bert Smith Porsche blog for more information as it becomes available. Everyone here at 3800 34th Street North St. Petersburg is dedicated to keeping you informed.

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