Porsche 918 Spyder shown in production body along with new details

Porsche has released new details and images showing the 918 Spyder in its production body.

The 918 Spyder is priced from 781,155 EUR (£659,000) and packs an innovative 887 hp plug-in hybrid powertrain. Mid-mounted 4.6-litre V8 delivers 608 hp. Hybrid module on rear axle produces 115 kW and electric motor on front axle another 95 kW.

0-62mph comes in just 2.8 seconds, 0-186mph in 23.0 seconds, while the top speed is 211mph (93mph on EV mode). Average fuel economy is 85.6 mpg with CO2 emissions of just 79g/km.

On purely electric mode the range is up to 18 miles. The current lap time for the Nürburgring-Nordschleife is an impressive 7:14 minutes done last September with more test drives on the Nürburgring to follow.

The 918 Spyder weighs 1,640 kg with entire load-bearing structure made of carbon fibre reinforced polymer for extreme torsional rigidity.

Power among the three power units, and their co-operation is controlled by an intelligent management system. There are five different modes:

Quiet and elegant: ‘E-Power’ – purely on electric power. When the battery is fully charged the range is up to 18 miles. 0-62mph in less than 7.0 seconds and a top speed od up to 93mph.

Efficient and comfortable: ‘Hybrid’ – all three engines work alternately with a focus on maximum efficiency and minimum fuel consumption.

Sporty and dynamic: ‘Sport Hybrid’ – Here combustion engine operates continuously and provides the main propulsive force. The electric motors provide support in the form of electric boosting or when the operating point of the combustion engine can be optimised for greater efficiency.

For fast laps: ‘Race Hybrid’ – In this mode it is all about maximum performance and an especially sporty driving style. The combustion engine does most of the work again, charging the battery when the driver is not utilising its maximum output, with electric motors providing additional support in the form of boosting.

The gear-shifting programme of the PDK is set up for even sportier driving.

For pole position: ‘Hot Lap’ -The ‘Hot Lap’ button can only be activated in ‘Race Hybrid’ mode, pushing the traction battery to its maximum power output limits for a few fast laps.

For full details see the press release below.

PRESS RELEASE (click to expand)


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