Porsche 918 Spyder: the Chinese patent images

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Patent Porsche 918 Spyder

Even though we have already seen it in many guises (spy shots, leaked brochures, naked and so on), the Porsche 918 Spyder will be officially unveiled in its definitive form at the next 2013 Geneva Motor Show (March 7-17). However, we have just bumped into a nice set of pics published by Chinese webisite CarNewsChina.com that seem to put an end to the speculations about the styling of the car: these are in fact the images filed by the German carmaker to get hold of the Chinese patent, and there are indeed some interesting elements to talk about.

First off we get to see the final shape and position of the wing mirrors, indicators and door handles, while the front end seems to have a more ‘rounded’ and less ‘menacing’ design than some previously seen prototypes. The design of the wheels is also different, but that doesn’t really count, does it? Then again, being this the new flagship from the legendary German brand, we would expect it to be way more impressive than these images once we will get to stand in front of it.

The hybrid powertrain of the Porsche 918 Spyder will consist of 6.4-liter V8 engine - credited with an output of 580 hp and 500 Nm of peak torque - and a pair of electric motors fed by a 6.8 kWh lithium-ion battery pack: the unit placed on the front axle will deliver an extra 116 hp, while the module located on the rear axle will develop an extra 129 hp. The 918 Spyder will therefore be able to count on a grand total of 795 hp and no less than 780 Nm of torque, which would remain constant between 1,000 and 4,000 rpm.

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