Mike Stevens | Jan 6, 2011

Speculation continues on the question of just what Porsche's "something spectacular" will be at this year's North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit. However, new reports out of Europe suggest it could be something not yet considered: a race-ready version of the upcoming 918 Spyder Hybrid.

According to industry paper Automotive News Europe, sources close to the project have confirmed a concept-only racing 918, and rather than the convertible form of the existing 918 Spyder plug-in hybrid, this version will reportedly be a hardtop coupe.

Further separating the racing 918 from its production-destined sibling is its rumoured powertrain, which sees the 373kW electric/petrol-V8 hybrid arrangement switched out in favour of a 450kW naturally-aspirated V8 engine.

Whether these reports can be believed - and whether this racing 918 is the company's "something spectacular" or merely an accompaniment to a brand-new production model - remains to be seen.

Regardless, the 918 Spyder itself is due for a market launch in the near future, with Porsche announcing last year that it will put its stunning 918 Spyder hybrid concept into limited production.

While confirmation of the 918 Spyder's impending launch is good news for keen supercar shoppers, Porsche has still offered little in the way of details on production numbers, launch dates or prices - although a 500,000 euros price-tag has been rumoured.

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