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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Production-ready Porsche 918 Spyder will debut @ Frankfurt [VIDEO]

The Porsche 918 Spyder is celebrating its debut at the International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt, Germany, 10 – 22 September. The super sports car with plug-in hybrid drive is not only a technology pioneer but also marks the beginning of a new era for sports car manufacturing. Never before has a super sports car designed for everyday use offered such an impressive bandwidth of dynamic performance combined with the fuel consumption of a compact car.

In setting this technological benchmark, the Porsche 918 Spyder is taking on a pioneering role similar to that of the 911 when it was first unveiled at the IAA 50 years ago. Appropriately, in honour of this anniversary, Porsche is presenting the limited edition "50 years 911" model. Based on the 911 Carrera S, this latest version of the iconic coupe combines traditional 911 features with state-of-the-art technology. On the subject of icons, Porsche is completing its line-up of sports cars at Frankfurt with the public unveiling of the new 911 Turbo – which, in turn, is 40 years after the turbocharged 911 was first shown.

In addition, the new generation of the Panamera Gran Turismo underlines the unique breadth of the Porsche range today. As the first plug-in hybrid in the luxury car market segment, the Panamera S E-Hybrid is further proof that Porsche is leading the field with its expertise in the development of fuel-efficient powertrain concepts for sports cars.

The outstanding combination of performance and efficiency for which Porsche is renowned remains consistently attractive to customers. Matthias Müller, President and CEO of Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG recently said, "From January to July, we were able deliver around 95,300 new vehicles worldwide – that's 17% more than in the first seven months of 2012. We are therefore very confident about the next few months and we now firmly believe we will have sold more vehicles by the end of 2013 than we did in the previous year. Based on how things are going at the moment, we are set to have another record year – and that's in spite of the fact that the present economic climate is far from satisfactory."

2012 was the most successful year to date in the history of Porsche, with 143,096 vehicles sold and sales revenue of Euro 13.9 billion.

The Porsche genetic blueprint for the future: 918 Spyder with high-performance hybrid

The 918 Spyder is the continuation of the traditional Porsche DNA in a ground-breaking sports car concept. Designed from the start to be a high-performance hybrid, the 918 Spyder boasts an unprecedented combination of performance (offering the 887 hp output of a super sports car) and the virtually silent motion of an electric vehicle. The vehicle is able to accelerate from 0 – 62 mph in 2.8 seconds and offers an average standard fuel consumption of between 94 mpg and 85 mpg. The 918 Spyder also allows a combustion engine to be combined with an electric motor-based drive to further optimise the dynamic performance of the vehicle.

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