Porsche's upcoming hybrid supercar may have been previewed for prospective buyers at an exclusive event in New York.
We all like a good party, especially when it's thrown by one of the world's premiere sports car companies. As often the case, these parties are invitation-only for the brand's most loyal and wealthy customers. Don't hate. Porsche recently threw such a shindig at Canoe Studios in New York. Not only did the private event feature the previously-seen 2011 918 RSR concept, but the German automaker also showcased what appears to be the production-ready version of the hybrid supercar.
This video taken at the party is currently making the rounds on YouTube. Comparing the 918 on display in the video to the original concept, it packs some tell-tale signs of the finalized version.
For example, this car features marker lamps integrated into the front bumper, with the left side having a clear finish while the right has an amber lens. This was probably done in order to show the difference between the US and European-spec models. The tail lights also appear to be different from the 911-sourced units that appeared on some of the test mules we've seen lately. Also missing here is that large fixed rear wing that was present on both the black-and-white and Martini-liveried 918 test mules seen in the spy shots from earlier this summer.
We also managed to spot the reflectors on the rear bumper and exhaust pipes that are now located behind the headrests, as opposed the 2010 concept's side-exit exhausts. All told, the mid-engined 918 Spyder plug-in hybrid supercar will produce close to 800 horsepower thanks to its 570-horsepower V8 and two electric motors. It's due to begin production in September 2013 with an estimated price of $850,000.