Production 918 Spyder - 2 More Seats and a Coupe Body Would Mean More Sales For Porsche
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.
"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 3.09Clutch 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 20rear 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 lFuel 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 s0-62 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.