Porsche has just announced official pricing for the 918 Spyder hybrid supercar that's scheduled to officially go on sale this week. However, production will not officially begin until September 18, 2013 at the German automaker's Zuffenhausen facility with customer deliveries expected six weeks later. Production will be limited to no more than 918 examples, all of which will be left-hand drive.
Some sketches of the production car have also been released, showing that it will retain the concept's profile and removable top, which is a one-piece panel similar to what was used in the Carrera GT. Porsche states the car will cost €645,000 ($912,868) , plus VAT. It will feature a mid-mounted V8 that will "exceed 4.0 liters" along with two electrical motors at each front axle that add at least 215 hp. This will give a total output of "more than 500 hp." The lithium-ion batteries can be charged in a regular domestic socket (a three hour charge time in Germany) and the car can travel 16 miles on electrical power alone.
Porsche claims it can go from 0 to 62 mph in 3.2 seconds, a top speed in excess of 199 mph, and will return 94 mpg. Low and behold, the 918 Spyder has also given Porsche the excuse to build a new version of the current 911 Turbo. Called (it's sort of long) the 911 Turbo S Edition 918 Spyder, it will be available only to 918 buyers. Featuring 523 hp, an acid green color scheme, enhanced interior with more carbon fiber, and even a special edition plaque that matches buyers' individual 918 production number, it costs an additional €173,241 ($245,188) for the coupe and €184,546 ($261,187) for the convertible.