DRIVE Attempts To Go 13.4 Miles In Porsche 918 Spyder In Electric-Only Mode – Video

3 years ago by Mike Anthony 11

Porsche 918 Spyder Conquering the streets of Manhattan.

Porsche 918 Spyder Conquering the streets of Manhattan.

Can you go¬†from one end of Manhattan to the other in a Porsche 918 Spyder using only its all-electric range? We wonder…

The Porsche 918 is a plug-in hybrid supercar that reaches 60 MPH in under 3 seconds. It uses 2 electric motors to fill in the torque off the line, which is where the V8 ICE is somewhat lacking.

Juice it up to full and you get an estimated 12 miles of range in all-electric mode as an added bonus.

As DRIVE’s Mike Spinelli, driver of the 918 in the video above adds, it’s as easy to drive as a Toyota Prius‚Ķbelieve it or not.

Check out the video to see if DRIVE made it end-to-end in Manhattan in all-electric mode.

*Some NSFW language contained in video

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11 responses to "DRIVE Attempts To Go 13.4 Miles In Porsche 918 Spyder In Electric-Only Mode – Video"

  1. Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:

    At 25mph (the new NYC speed limit) I don’t think that’ll be a problem.

  2. Mike says:

    Maybe they’ll upgrade the batteries and range next year.

  3. David says:

    It would be nice if people who make these videos driving the most advanced battery/hybrid vehicles would realize that we want to hear the car itself (even if it’s in EV mode and very quiet) rather than hearing their favorite background music which masks the sound of the machinery at work. PLEASE!

  4. David Murray says:

    I find it hard to be impressed that a vehicle at that price range has so little all electric range. Even a Ford Energi car would be able to handle that drive without any problem in a all-electric mode. In fact, I bet the BMW i8 could have also made the drive with no problem at all. Funny he mentioned the Toyota Prius. Because this car apparently has about the same all-electric range as a Prius PHEV.

    1. mr. m says:

      why? there are masses of cars that are sold at a high price without any EV-mode… beging expensive has nothing to do with battery size. beeing expensive only enables big batteries.

    2. Alaa says:

      +1 David.
      And to think that only one or max two will be sitting in it at any given time!

    3. mustang_sallad says:

      You’re missing the point. Who cares if you can buy a Leaf and drive up and down Manhatten a dozen times without any gas at a fraction of the cost? It’s exciting that one of the fastest cars in the world, and one that looks the part, can cruise across the whole city without turning on its engine.

      If i wanted to extend your attitude, i would say “Who cares if an EV can get you to work and back every day without burning any gas, I can do that on my bike!”

      1. EVer says:

        12 measly miles is a joke

        i can pick up 4 hookers and put 2 midget hookers in the back of a Tesla and hell i could even put some more in the frunk.

        918 only 1 hooker

        i’ll take a super sleek super sick tesla over this waste of money

        if i had the money for the 918 i would not spend it on it, you can see its not worth it in any logical way

        Its about having sense, not cents

        1. DaveMart says:

          In any logical way no luxury car is ‘worth it’ if you are adopting a utilitarian viewpoint.

          Buy a bike instead, perhaps?

        2. weed says:

          Buy yourself a van instead if your point of having a vehicle is just to pick up hookers.

  5. Whatever says:

    I agree that an all-electric mode with only 12 miles doesn’t make much sense in a car like this. On the other hand, the battery and all the tech is already there, so why not?

    In the end, this is not a car you use to commute to work with every day. It’s a toy for rich people who wants to drive fast. They don’t care about fuel consumption. They might care about being “green” but this car is hardly the right car for that either.