For the first time in four years Porsche will exhibit at the Detroit Auto Show, with a debut that is certain to reassert its presence. According to Hans-Gerd Bode, a spokesman for the German sports car maker, the vehicle will be “spectacular,” but, “You’ll have to wait and be surprised” he said.
It’s likely that Porsche will reveal another version of the 918 in Detroit, which will either be close to production or an actual production model.
The concept version features a hybrid setup that includes a 3.4-liter 500-hp V8 and two the electric motors (one at each front wheel) rated at 218-hp. The gasoline engine powers the rear wheels, while the electric motors work on the front two wheels. Porsche claims a 0-62 mph time of just 3.2 seconds with a top speed of 198-mph. Possibly more amazing, however, is this concept’s capability to achieve 78 mpg. With the concept car’s V8 being donated by one of the company’s Porsche RS ALMS race cars, the production 918 will most certainly get a new gasoline engine.
Other possibilities for debuts include a baby Boxster model as well as the upcoming Cajun SUV, which Porsche only recently gave the green-light to head into production.