A clay model of the production-ready Porsche 918 Spyder has been leaked, via a video of the supercar’s unveiling to a select group of Porsche VIPs in New York.
The hybrid model will go head-to-head with Ferrari’s Enzo replacement when it goes on sale in 2014 and a Porsche spokesperson told us that as reaction has been so positive, that very few tweaks will be made from this point on.
The footage - which has since been removed from YouTube - reveals the 918 Spyder’s low-slung body, made from lightweight carbon-fibre reinforced plastic and a sleek front-end with gaping air intakes.
In fact, it looks almost identical to the concept car Porsche unveiled at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show - even the show car's alloy wheels have been carried over.
The 918 Spyder will be powered by a 562bhp 4.6-litre V8 and a pair of electric motors, one on each axle, which will be fed by a 6.8kWH lithium-ion battery pack. Combined power is 759bhp and Porsche say it’s enough for a 0-62mph time of less than three seconds and a top speed of 202mph.
Thanks to fuel saving measures such as electric power steering, the 918 Spider is expected to return average fuel economy of 94mpg and emit 70g/km of CO2.
Porsche is also gearing up the 918 Spyder to lap the famous Nurburgring race circuit in less than 7minutes 22 seconds – about the same as a 911 GT2 RS. In a nod to its racing history – most notably its Le Mans victories in the 1970s – Porsche recently announced that the 918 will also be offered in a number of officially-licensed Martini Racing liveries.
The Porsche 918 Spyder goes into production in September 2013, with deliveries expected to begin in early 2014. It is expected to cost around £678,000.