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New Porsche 918 Spyder Details Surface

World premiere date announced, along with engine size increase.

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It’s been a while since we’ve heard anything about Porsche’s next supercar, the $845,000 918 Spyder, so we were happy to come across a few new details about the car we want to own even though we could buy nine Nissan GT-Rs for the same price.

According to a recent issue of Christophorus, the production 918 Spyder is currently scheduled to make its debut at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, three and a half years after the concept bowed at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show. The same article also announced that the concept’s 3.4 liter V8 would be increased to 4.6L, in a paragraph dense with information:

The displacement was increased from 3.4 to 4.6 liters. The 918 Spyder V8 features a central injector mounted directly adjacent to the spark plug, a central oil feed to the crankshaft, a variable-pressure composite oil pump and scavenge pump, forged lightweight pistons from a Formula 1 supplier, a very high compression ratio, and—a Porsche first—variable valve timing with intake and exhaust phase stepper motors.

A senior member at Teamspeed added a few more facts about the car. According to him (or her), the 918 Spyder’s V8 will produce 550 horsepower, while the two electric motors will produce 230 hp; the maximum combined output of the car will be roughly 730 horsepower. The production car will be about 5.8 inches longer and half an inch wider than the concept car’s 177 inch length and 75.9 inch width, and will weigh in dry at less than 3,685 pounds. Oh, and if you want one, there are still supposedly plenty of build slots available. So far, it seems the potential buyers of the car aren’t as excited for it as we are. [via Teamspeed]


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