Video: Porsche 918 Spyder Plug-In Hybrid Heads to the Valley of Fire for Hot Weather Testing

4 years ago by Electric CarsTV 2

“Porsche engineers continue to test the 918 Spyder around the world. In the final months of shakedown tests, the 918 Spyder makes an appearance in the Valley of Fire outside of Las Vegas Nevada, soon approaching 1 million miles tested on the prototype vehicles.”

That’s what Porsche says of the 918 testing out in Nevada.

Porsche 918 SpyderHere’s a bullet list of what this plug-in promises:

  • Exclusive (only 918 units will ever be produced).
  • Costs a bit shy of $1 million.
  • It’ll launch this Fall.
  • And it’s not sold out.

Looking for a rundown of the full specs of the 918 Spyder?  Look no further than below.

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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2 responses to "Video: Porsche 918 Spyder Plug-In Hybrid Heads to the Valley of Fire for Hot Weather Testing"

  1. Gary H says:

    And yet Jaguar cancels their super car? Wouldn’t these be considered in the same class? If so, what’s the difference of a couple hundred thousand pounds or so?

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