2014 Porsche 918 Spyder: details, photos, specs and price

Article by Christian Andrei, on March 21, 2011

Porsche officially announced today that it will put on sale the 918 Spyder super sports car for an incredible price of 645,000 Euro (this is the starting price which will be subject to VAT and country-specific charges). According to the German manufacturer, the new car will be produced in a limited edition of just 918 units.

Production will start on 18 September 2013, 9/18 in US date convention, while deliveries will start in November 2013. As expected, the car will feature the same engine found on the 918 Spyder Concept, which means we will see V8 engine capable to deliver more than 368 kW (500 hp), helped by two electric motors – one each on the front and rear axle – with a joint mechanical output of at least 160 kW (218 hp).

The engine will be mated to a seven-gear Porsche-Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK) transmission. Moreover, the car will be capable to store the energy from the electric motors using a liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery that can be charged from a conventional domestic power socket, delivering a range in excess of 25 km (16 miles) in the NEDC on purely electric power.

Porsche says that the charging time depends on the country-specific mains network. For example, in Germany the charging takes approximately three hours, while a quick charging option is planned to reduce charging time yet further. Regarding the fuel consumption, expect the car to deliver an impressive 3.0 l/100 km (94 mpg imp.), equating to CO2 emissions of 70 g/km (112 g/mile).

Still, the performances will not make you laugh: a standing start to 100 km/h (62 mph) in a maximum of 3.2 seconds and a top speed of more than 320 km/h (199 mph). The top speed on purely electric power is 150 km/h (94 mph). Furthermore, Porsche also says that the new car will be able to beat Porsche Carrera GT record on the Nurburgring racetrack.

For those who don’t know, the Porsche Carrera GT was able to lap the Nurburgring in seven minutes and 32 seconds, while the 918 Spyder us expected to do it in less than seven minutes and 30 seconds. Regarding the design, the new car will be very close to the 2010 concept car and will be based on a carbon fibre-reinforced plastic monocoque, will feature a manual roof system with removable roof panels that can be stowed in the front luggage compartment.

Press Release

Porsche 918 Spyder

The Porsche 918 Spyder is on the road: Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, Stuttgart, has taken the driving trials of the super sports car of the future a step further with completion of the initial prototypes. The Porsche 918 Spyder will go into production at the end of September 2013 as planned, with the first customers receiving their vehicles before 2013 is out. "What we are doing with the 918 Spyder is redefining driving fun, efficiency and performance," said Wolfgang Hatz, Member of the Executive Board Research and Development of Porsche AG.

The prototypes, their camouflage harking back to historical Porsche 917 racing cars, signal the final touches to the Porsche 918 Spyder. The focus is on the interplay between the highly sophisticated individual drive components. The combination of combustion engine and two independent electric motors - one on the front axle and one in the drive line, acting on the rear wheels - poses completely new demands on the development of the operating strategies. "They are therefore a critical component in this vehicle into which we have put all of our expertise and capacity for innovation," said Wolfgang Hatz. These operating strategies and the development of the software to go with them are one of Porsche's core competences. Both of them have a major influence on the extreme driving fun to be had with the 918 Spyder and they make possible a unique combination of minimal fuel consumption and maximum performance. The initial results of the driving trials are in line with the high expectations placed on the Porsche 918 Spyder.

The super sports car is designed as a plug-in hybrid vehicle combining a high-performance combustion engine with cutting-edge electric motors for extraordinary performance: on the one hand, the dynamics of a racing machine boasting more than 770 hp, on the other hand, fuel consumption in the region of three litres per 100 kilometres. Moreover, Porsche is breaking yet more new ground with the technology demonstrator with spectacular solutions such as the full carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) monocoque with unit carrier, fully adaptive aerodynamics, adaptive rear-axle steering and the upward-venting "top pipes" exhaust system. In the process, the Porsche 918 Spyder is offering a glimpse of what Porsche Intelligent Performance may be capable of in future.

Technical Specifications

Body: Two-seater Spyder; carbon fibre reinforced plastics (CFRP) monocoque interlocked with CFRP unit carrier; two-piece Targa roof; fixed roll-over protection system.
Drivetrain: Parallel full hybrid; 4.6-litre V8 mid-engine with drysump lubrication; hybrid module with electric motor and decoupler; electric motor with decoupler and gear unit on front axle; electrical system recuperation; four cooling circuits for motors, transmission and battery; thermal management.
Engine Power
V8 engine: >570 hp
Hybrid module on rear axle: ~90 kW
Electric motor on front axle: ~80 kW
Combined: >770 hp
Suspension: Double-wishbone front axle; optional electro-pneumatic lift system on front axle; electro-mechanical power steering; multi-link rear axle with adaptive electromechanical system for individual rear wheel steering
Brake system: High-performance hybrid brake system with adaptive recuperation; ceramic brake discs (PCCB).
Energy supply: Lithium-ion battery with 6.8 kWh capacity (BOL nominal), 202 kW maximum power and mainscompatible plug-in charger.
Top speed: >325 km/h
Purely electric top speed: >150 km/h
0-100 km/h: under 3.0 s
Fuel Consumption (NEDC): ~3.0 l/100 km
CO2 emissions: ~70 g/km
Purely electric range: >25 km

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