Porsche Releases All the Details on the 2015 918 Spyder Plug-In Hybrid (w/video)

4 years ago by Eric Loveday 0

A True Head-Turner...That's For Sure

A True Head-Turner…That’s For Sure

“The 918 Spyder embodies the essence of the Porsche idea: it combines pedigree motor racing technology with excellent everyday utility, and maximum performance with minimum consumption. The task faced by the development team was to create the super sports car for the next decade with a highly efficient and powerful hybrid drive. Developing the car from scratch, appropriately beginning with a sheet of white paper, allowed the team to come up with a no-compromise concept. The entire car was designed around the hybrid drive. The 918 Spyder therefore demonstrates the potential of the hybrid drive to a degree never seen before: the parallel improvement of both efficiency and performance without one being at the cost of the other. This is the idea that has made the Porsche 911 the most successful sports car in the world for 50 years. In short, the 918 Spyder will act as the gene pool for the Porsche sports cars of the future.”

This Here's the View You'll See If You Happen Upon One of These on the Road

This Here’s the View You’ll See If You Happen Upon One of These on the Road

That’s the spectacular Porsche 918 Spyder, a vehicle that takes a plug-in hybrid setup to the extreme.

It’s visually stunning.

Lightning quick.

Exclusive (only 918 units will ever be produced).

Packed with tomorrow’s technology.

Boasts up to 18 miles of electric-only range.

Costs a bit shy of $1 million.

It’ll launch this Fall.

And it’s not sold out.

Options cost a few arms and both of your legs though.

2015 Porsche 918 Spyder

  • 918 Spyder: $845,000
  • 918 Spyder with Weissach Package: $929,000
  • Liquid Metal Chrome Blue paint: $63,000
  • Liquid Metal Silver paint: $63,000
  • 918 Spyder Magnesium wheel (std. on Weissach pkg.): $32,500
  • Authentic Leather Interior (replaces std. Leather): $26,000
  • Porsche Speed Charging Station (DC): $22,100
  • 918 Spyder Luggage Set: $19,900
  • Front Axle Lift System: $10,500
  • Carbon Fiber Interior Package: $7,500
  • Electric comfort heating: $6,000

If you’re the sort of Porsche geek like this writer is, then you’ll want to gloss over the gallery of images, skim the specs further down below, watch the informative video and then head to Porsche’s site where you’ll find an incredibly long explanation of exactly what makes the 918 Spyder an extraordinary machine.

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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.

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