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Porsche 918 Spyder will be available in Martini trim

Classic Porsche fans bursting with excitement

We have previously reported on the Porsche 918 Spyder shedding its disguise and doing development work, but now the prototype has been spotted wearing Martini livery in a nod to the classic Porsche 917 race cars of the 1970s.

The 918 Spyder will go on sale in late 2013, and the model we see in testing is not the final design. The rear lights are simply 991 units in place of the final production items, and rumour has it that the front bumper and headlights may change as well. But the big news is the classic livery.

The prototype was spotted wearing the classic Martini livery and Porsche have now confirmed that the 918 Spyder will be available in production with the white blue and red colour scheme thanks to a renewed tie in with the drinks company. We are hoping that other classic Porsche liveries will also be available, such as the evocative blue and orange Gulf colours and maybe even the Pink Pig look.

Either way, it looks like Porsche are really playing on the historical relevance of their new supercar, which can only be a good thing for those of us who can only look and dream of owning one. The 918 Spyder will be powered by a 556 bhp 4.6-litre V8 engine, a 106 bhp electric motor on the front axle and a 120 bhp electric motor on the rear axle giving a total power figure of over around 780 bhp according to Porsche engineers.

We can’t wait to see the final production version when it is revealed, which is probably going to be at the Frankfurt Auto Show in September 2013, though there’s a chance it may be Geneva in March.

Images courtesy of Porsche

 

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About Tim Oldland

Contributing Editor - Long time petrolhead, automotive design engineer and journalist. Also Social Media Manager for the ecurie25 Group - www.ecurie25.com Tim has worked in the automotive sector for many years, but has been a fan of anything with 2 or 4... read more