Porsche Considers Adding 2+2 Coupe Version to 918 Plug-In Hybrid Lineup

4 years ago by Eric Loveday 3

Production 918 Spyder - 2 More Seats and a Coupe Body Would Mean More Sales For Porsche

Production 918 Spyder – 2 More Seats and a Coupe Body Would Mean More Sales For Porsche

918 Spyder in Prototype Form

918 Spyder in Prototype Form

A 2+2 version of the plug-in hybrid Porsche 918 would surely make it accessible to more buyers.

Porsche seems to agree with us here and is therefore considering added a 2+2 coupe to the 918 lineup.

According to Autocar, Porsche is considering making a 2+2 coupe based on the 918 Spyder sometime this decade.

The more versatile 2+2 version will actually be cheaper than the 2-seat Spyder.  Autocar says Porsche will likely price the 2+2 at around £300,000 ($471,000 US).  Compared to the Spyder’s near $1-million price, the 2+2 will be a bargain.

Quoting Autocar:

“A full-size styling model of the 2+2 coupé, known internally as 984, has already been created.”

“It uses a stretched version of the 918’s carbonfibre tub, and adds two small rear doors and two small rear seats. The 984 keeps the 918’s mid-mounted V8 but does away with its hybrid components.”

But if the 981 coupe launches later this decade (5 to 6 years from now), do you really think it’ll come minus the plug-in hybrid gear?  We doubt it.  Plug-ins are the future and there’s no way Porsche will back-track on this one.

As always, when it comes to the Porsche 918, we can’t stop ourselves from adding this spec sheet, which shows how out-of-this-world the plug-in Porsche truly is:

Technical Specifications – Porsche 918 Spyder

 

Body: Two-seat Spyder; carbon fiber reinforced  plastics (CFRP) monocoque interlocked with CFRP unit carrier; two-piece Targa roof; fixed roll-over protection system.
Drivetrain: Parallel full hybrid; 4.6-liter V8 mid-engine with dry-sump lubrication; hybrid module with electric motor and decoupler; electric motor with decoupler and gear unit on front axle; auto start/stop function; electrical system recuperation; four cooling circuits for motors, transmission and battery; thermal management.
Engine power: 608 hp at 8,600/min (V8 engine)
154 hp (hybrid module on rear axle)
127 hp (electric motor on front axle)
887 hp (combined)
Max. torque: 390 lb.-ft. at 6,600/min (V8 engine)
940 lb.-ft. (equivalent torque calculated on the crankshaft, complete system in 7th gear)
787 lb.-ft. (complete system, 3rd gear)
> 590 lb.-ft. (800/min – 5,000/min)
Maximum Revs: 9,150 rpm
Power output per l: 133 hp/l (V8 engine)
Power transmission: Combustion engine with hybrid module and transmission bolted together to form a single drive unit; seven-speed Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK); rear-wheel drive; front electric motor with gearbox for driving the front wheels (decoupled from 146 mph); five pre-selectable operating modes for optimum coordination of all drive units.Gear ratios    PDK
1st gear         3.91
2nd gear        2.29
3rd gear         1.58
4th gear         1.19
5th gear         0.97
6th gear         0.83
7th gear         0.67
R gear            3.55
Final drive ratio        3.09
Clutch diameter       8.7 in. / 6.5 in
Chassis and Suspension: Double-wishbone front axle; optional electro-pneumatic lift system on front axle; electro-mechanical power steering; multilink rear axle with adaptive electro-mechanical system for individual rear wheel steering; electronically controlled twin-tube gas-pressure dampers in the front and rear with Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM).
Brake system: High-performance hybrid brake system with adaptive recuperation; internally ventilated and perforated front ceramic brake discs (PCCB), 16 in. in diameter and 1.4 in. thick; rear discs 15.4 in diameter and 1.3 in. thick.
Wheels and tires: 918 Spyder wheels
(Weissach package: 918 Spyder magnesium wheels)
front    9.5 J x 20       with     265/35 ZR 20
rear     12.5 J x 21     with     325/30 ZR 21
Weights: Curb weight 3,715 lbs.
3,616 lbs. (Weissach package)
Dimensions: Length 182.8 in.
Width  76.4 in.
Height  45.9 in.
Wheelbase  107.5 in.Track widthfront    65.5 in.
rear     63.5 in.Luggage compartment capacity, VDA   ~ 110 l
Fuel tank capacity 18.5 gal
Energy supply: Lithium-ion battery with 6.8 kWh capacity (BOL nominal), 220 kW maximum power and mains-compatible plug-in charger.
Performance: Top speed > 211 mph
purely electric    93 mphAcceleration:
0-62 mph   2.8 s
0-60 mph   less than 2.8 s
0-62 mph (in electric mode)  7.0 s0-124 mph (0-200 km/h) 7.9 s0-186 mph (0-300 km/h) 23.0 s
Range: Purely electric    approx. 18 mi.
Warranty: Vehicle (Battery)   4 years (7 years)
Charging times: AC charging on a household socket (110 V, 10 A):
less than 7 hours
AC charging on an industrial socket (240 V, 30 A):
less than 2 hours
DC charging on an industrial socket (400 V, 32 A):
less than 0.5 hours.

Source: Autocar

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3 responses to "Porsche Considers Adding 2+2 Coupe Version to 918 Plug-In Hybrid Lineup"

  1. pjwood says:

    “does away with its hybrid components.”

    I think the two seats would go precisely where the battery was. A different wheel-base, a different drive train. It’s not a 918. The 918 is a halo, for Porsche to compete with a full-on Le Mans entry, or consider any involvement in the future of F1. You could say “they had to do it”, for racing. But if you are going to take out the battery, you have to take out the wiring up to the 95kw front motor, etc, etc.?

  2. Dan Frederiksen says:

    Loosely based on maybe but I don’t think it will be called 918.
    A lean performance 2+2 is a interesting config and the room for the rear seats will help encourage them to get rid of some of all that ICE junk in the trunk.
    Not that the 918 ‘platform’ is worth basing anything on because despite the exotic material use and ridiculous price it ended up at a nitwit 1700kg. For a 2 seater.

  3. Bill Howland says:

    Less than 2 hours to charge at 240, 30 amps? I would think a LOT LESS.

    Maybe Surgeons or Lawyers would like this car. For me, its too pricey for the meager amount of ev stuff it has in it.