A small batch of Porsche 918 Spyders have been spied getting tested at the grand prix track in Bahrain. It has been said that the cars were being used in a demonstration for potential customers ahead of the official launch of the model later on this year. Four of the cars were spotted at Bahrain, two development mules and two pre-production cars. Prospective buyers of the new Porsche, who had showed their interest in the model to Porsche were offered test driving laps around the F1 circuit, in the 795 brake hosrpower hypercars.
Porsche 918 Spyder to rival LaFerrari and McLaren P1
The model has been overshadowed recently by the debuts of the LaFerrari and McLaren P1, however Porsche remain confident that the hybrid contender will definitely be a match for these rival models. The vehicle has already recorded a 7.14 Minute laptime around the Nurburgring Nordschleife and is said to produce 70g Co2 emissions, figures that have never been seen before with a model with this high performance class.
When the model goes on sale, Porsche will be offering customers the choice of two Porsche 918 Spyder variants, the standard car, which comes in at £682,000, or a version that is equipped with the Weissach Package. The second has a 35kg lighter kerb weight, which would take the model down to 1665kg, with the removal of the leather seats, stereo and air con, it also uses lighter wheels.