Video: Watch the Porsche 918 Spyder World Premier

4 years ago by Electric CarsTV 4

When the Porsche 918 Spyder hit the stage at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, its debut played second fiddle to the numerous other vehicles that made world premiers in Frankfurt.

Porsche 918 Spyder

Porsche 918 Spyder

Perhaps it’s the outrageous price tag (near $1 million) on the Spyder.

Or maybe it’s because the 918 Spyder is practically sold out.

Or was it because we had all seen the 918 sans camo well prior to its official debut?

Or it could even be that the stage was so packed that getting a glimpse of the 918 in Frankfurt was next-to impossible.

Whatever the reason, not much fess was made when the 918 Spyder, the world’s most advanced plug-in hybrid, made its world premier in Frankfurt.

Fortunately for us, Porsche captured the premier on video and is now showing it to the world.

Though there’s almost no chance you can get one (near sold out and price astronomically high), the 918 Spyder represents a revolutionary step in performance motoring.

Other automakers are already taking cues from the 918 (McLaren P1 plug-in hybrid, for example), but it’s Porsche’s Spyder that came first and will always hold the distinction of being the world’s first supercar/hypercar capable of plugging in and of running only on electricity when need be.

So, consider the 918 Spyder revolutionary, not just evolutionary.

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4 responses to "Video: Watch the Porsche 918 Spyder World Premier"

  1. Dan Frederiksen says:

    It’s a poorly done vehicle and not green in the slightest. It’s foremost a gasser with only token electric drive. It looks good and it’s fast but what good is that if it’s a million dollar gasser..
    It’s only merit is that Porsche has now vouched for electric drive with their halo car and they can never go back…
    A slow and tiny but decisive step.

    1. Dan Frederiksen says:

      Its

  2. Greg Spence says:

    Actually, Herr Frederiksen, it is not Porsche’s first “vouching” for electric drive as their first electric design developed in 1898 incorporated 2-electric motors powered by batteries. The electric motors were of a wheel hub motor design, first developed by Porsche, and in contemporary use today on electric bicycles, Acura’s Super Handling AWD system, and other applications. Insofar as your assertion of the vehicle being a “gasser” and “poorly done”, I think in the former, you simply misunderstand the intent of Porsche’s incorporation of electric power in its current hybrid designs, and in the case of the latter, you’re just dead wrong. Full stop.
    While cynics may argue Porsche’s intent in incorporating electric drive in its hybrid vehicles is simply to beat CAFE (Corporate Average Fuel Economy) requirements and avoid tax penalties – which is not only true but also very smart business – Porsche’s state goal and the main benefit of Porsche hybrid designs are three fold and actually very simple: more power on less fuel, with increased efficiency and lower CO2 emissions. I think this should be every vehicle manufacturer’s intent, electric or otherwise. Porsche, largely known for designing and building some of the worlds greatest and most game-changing sports and racing cars, have simply been courageous and taken a bold step (as have competitors Ferrari and McLaren, albeit to a lesser degree). Concerning your comment: “…It’s a poorly done vehicle…”, well to that I can only say unless you’re comparing the design, engineering, fit and finish to something otherworldly, including Bugatti’s latest offerings, then you may be:
    a) a liar
    b) an idiot, or
    c) quite possibly all three.

    Good day Herr Frederiksen.

    1. Tony says:

      I couldn’t have said it better, Greg. This car ran a 6:57 on the “Green Hell”. If that’s a poorly done design, then Michaelangelo’s Pieta is an ugly statue. As is usually the case, Porsche is an innovator and then every one else (Ferrari, McLaren, etc.) jumps on the bandwagon.