Porsche 918 Spyder Production Image

Porsche 918 Spyder Production Image

Who would have thought that Porsche would become Germany's first automaker with 2 production plug-in vehicles in its stable?

Production 918 Spyder

Production 918 Spyder

With the plug-in Panamera S E-Hybrid already on sale in Germany, the addition of the 918 Spyder will bring Porsche's plug-in vehicle count to 2.

Can any other German automaker make that same claim?

The 918 Spyder will make its worldwide debut at the upcoming 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show in about a week's time.  It'll go on sale immediately following its debut.

The Porsche 918 Spyder is quite possibly the world's most advanced plug-in hybrid.

887 horses are on tap.  0 to 62 mph comes in 2.8 seconds or less.  The gas engine revs to an astronomical 9,150 rpm and the whole package weighs in at 3,715 pounds or less.

It's the plug-in hybrid we lust for, but unfortunately it costs near $1 million, only seats 2 and lacks real luggage space.  Oh well...we're sure it's a blast to drive though.

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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