918 Spyder Spied in the Cold

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Porsche is readying its supercar hybrid with the first stages of cold weather testing under way.

The same 918 test mule wearing the gorgeous greyscale Martini livery we spied doing hot laps of the Nurburgring last year has been spotted undergoing cold weather testing in Sweden. Alongside it was another 918 wearing a grey "psychedelic" color scheme inspired by the Porsche 917 Martini Racing that ran at Watkins Glen in 1970. For those that need reminding, the 918 Spyder is a new supercar, following the Carrera GT and 959, which combines a 4.6-liter V8 with a pair of electric motors to deliver 762 horsepower.

With a weight capped at 1,700 kg, Porsche predicts a 0-60 mph time of less than three seconds and a top speed of over 202 mph, with fuel consumption forecasted at 78 mpg. Variable aerodynamics, adaptive rear-axle steering and an upwards-exiting exhaust system are also part of the package. The 918 Spyder is set to enter production in September 2013. Only 918 examples are scheduled to be built, all of which have reportedly been pre-sold for 645,000 Euros apiece.

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