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 |  Jan 05 2011, 9:38 AM

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There’s been a lot of recent speculation about what exactly Porsche will unveil at the Detroit Auto Show in just a week’s time. Well, add one more rumor to the list.

According to AutoBild, Porsche will pull back the covers on a coupe version of it’s 918 Spyder concept. Designed for track, not street, duty, the 918 coupe is likely to weigh even less than the 3,300-lb curb weight of the Spyder concept and is likely to use a different engine. The original concept made use of a high-tech hybrid system that combined a 500-hp 3.4-liter V8 borrowed from the RS Spyder race cars and matched it with 218-hp of electric thrust.

This coupe model could use a more conventional turbocharged V8, although considering the success Porsche has had with its GT3 R Hybrid race car, it could be the next step in the German sports car maker’s hybrid racing strategy.

AutoGuide’s coverage of the 2011 Detroit Auto Show starts January 10th. See our Detroit Auto Show Preview here.

GALLERY: Porsche 918 RSR Race Car

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[Source: AutoBlild via AutoExpress, Photos: TeamSpeed]