The final, symbolically 918th, Porsche 918 Spyder Hybrid went out of the Porsche’s Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen factory last week (in early June 2015). The final 918 is painted custom dark-red and will certainly be worth millions someday.
Exterior of 918 Spyder
In order to achieve lightweight construction, but also protect the driver and the passenger inside the 918, the Porsche engineers decided to use carbon-fiber reinfored plastics monocoque interlocked with a CFRP unit carrier.
With this vehicle, Porsche kept its exterior trademarks: the sloped nose and smooth roofline. The roof is retractable, so the driver also has the option of driving in the open air.
The front headlamps get a nicer shape, and the front fenders are less puffed up than on the other models in the line. The tailamps are reminiscent of those of the Porsche 911. below them is a pair of air vents, which are probably used as heat extractors.
The main air intakes are placed in front of the rear wheels.
For a bit more downforce, a huge dual-pedestal spoiler is placed on the backside of the vehicle.
Porsche 918 Spyder Interior
The interior of the Porsche 918 Spyder is driver-focused.
The futuristic-looking center console is separated into two parts – one area contains the controls important for driving, grouped around the steering wheel, whereas the infotainment part sits in the lifter center console.
The interior is available in black-and-silver color combination with green contrasting piping on the door panels. The 918 Spyder uses exclusively soft-touch materials. Another thing included is a 3-spoke, multifunction sports steering wheel along with the sport seats wrapped in leather.
The vehicle features a Burmester 11-speaker audio system, and Porsche Car Connect makes it easy to connect to the 918’s hybrid system remotely.
The 918 Spyder has 110 liters (3.8 cubic-feet) of luggage space.
Engine specs and performance
The heart and soul of the 918 Spyder is its powertrain which consists of a 4.6-liter V8 engine strapped behind the seats, fitted with titanium connecting rods, thin-wall, low-pressure casting on the crank case and the cylinder heads, a high-strength, light-weight steel crankshaft and a thin-walled alloy steel exhaust system. The engine delivers 608 hp and 8,500 rpm and 391 pound-feet of torque, paired with a 7-speed PDK dual-clutch transmission.
However, Porsche adds a 154 hp electric motor to power the rear axle and a 127 hp electric motor on the front axle, thus combining for a total of 887 hp and 940 pound-feet of torque, electric motors are powered from 312-cell, liquid-cooled 6.8 kWh lithium-ion battery.
Maximum speed of this fantastic hybrid car is 211 mph, and acceleration 0-60 mph is achieved in 2.2 sec, 0-100 mph in 4.9 seconds, 0-180 mph in 17.5 seconds, and the 1/4 mile in 9.8 seconds. Fuel consumption of 918 Spyder (combined) is amazing: 3.1-3.0 l / 100 km (78.4 mpg); CO2 emissions (combined) of just 72-70 g / km. Electricity consumption is 12.7 kWh / 100 km (62 mil), all-electric range is 12 mil (19 km).
With such power, torque, excellent brakes and aerodynamic features 918 Spyder was able to achieve a record time of 6:57 minutes on the Nürburgring Nordschleife.
The driveline offers five different driving modes: E-Power, Hybrid, Sport Hybrid, Race Hybrid and Hot Lap.
Price and release date
The Porsche 918 Spyder made its world debut at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show. It was first shown at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2010 as a concept. Its price in Europe is €781,155 and in the U.S. $845,000 msrp.