Porsche 918 Spyder debuts at the Frankfurt Motor Show [videos]

Porsche 918 Spyder

Porsche has finally revealed the production version of the 918 Spyder at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

Successor to the Carrera GT, the 918 Spyder will be limited to 918 units and is Porsche’s answer to McLaren P1 and Ferrar LaFerrari.

The 918 Spyder is 4643mm long, 1940mm wide and 1167mm tall, with a wheelbase of 2730mm.

Power comes from a plug-in hybrid system combining a naturally-aspirated 600bhp 4.6-litre V8 and two electric motors providing another 282bhp, one mounted on the front axle while the other sits at the rear one. The 6.8kWh lithium-ion battery is installed at the lower back of the monocoque and when in ‘e-Power’ mode the 918 Spyder can travel between 10 and 20 miles, accelerate from 0-62mph in seven seconds and reach a a top speed of 93mph.

Combined power output is 875bhp and 917Nm of torque.

In ‘Hybrid’ mode the 918 Spyder alternates between using the petrol engine and the electric motors, while ‘Sport Hybrid’ and ‘Race Hybrid’ deliver maximum power good for a 0-62mph sprint in 2.8 seconds, 0-124mph in 7.7 seconds, 0-186mph in 22 seconds, while the top speed is 214mph.

Average fuel economy is an impressive 85mpg.

There is also an optional Weissach package with special colours inspired by Porsche’s most important race cars and includes lightweight magnesium alloys which lower the car’s weight by approximately 35 kg. The package also includes six-point harness seat belts, optional film coating instead of a paint finish, as well as several carbon fibre aerodynamic add-on parts.

For open top driving you can remove two carbon fibre reinforced plastic panels and stowe in the 100-litre luggage compartment in the nose.

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