Dubai Police adds Porsche 918 Spyder to its growing supercar lineup

Article by Christian Andrei, on November 25, 2015

The Dubai Police has the most fascinating collection of exotic cars. In fact, people all over the world have taken an interest in their social media accounts since these let us know what new vehicles they’ve added to their fleet. The latest model is a Porsche 918 Spyder.

The Police department is planning to use these cars on tourist locations. Actually, their counterparts all around United Arab Emirates use cars such as Bugatti Veyron, a Lexus RC-F, a Brabus Widestar, a Lamborghini Aventador, a BMW i8 and others.

A police siren isn’t needed on its roof as this hybrid hypercar just stands out immediately thanks to its hot body and distinctive police livery. This car is powered by its 608bhp, 4.6-liter engine with eight cylinders.

Inspired by the RS Spyder endurance race car, this engine is able to work at speeds up to 9150 RPM with a fuel consumption rate of 132 bhp – 26 bhp per liter more than that of the Carrera GT. This makes this engine the highest specific power of any naturally aspirated Porsche engine.

The outstanding performance of the 918 Spyder engine is already impressive but the sound of this vehicle is just as emotion-provoking with its “Top pipes” exhaust tailpipes that terminate directly above the engine in the upper part of the rear end. This solution is unique to this model since no other production vehicle features this solution.

The V8 engine is coupled to the hybrid module as the Porsche 918 is designed as a parallel hybrid like Porsche’s current hybrid models. The hybrid module consists of a 115kW electric motor and a decoupler that links it with the combustion engine.

Thanks to the parallel hybrid configurations, the 918 Spyder is powered at the rear axle by either the engine or the electric motor alone or by using both together. The 918 Spyder Porsche has its power unit assembled in front of the rear axle, the same with most of the Porsche super sportscars.

The power transmission system to the rear axle is handled by a seven-speed Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) transmission. A 95kW independent electric motor generates the power at the front axle. This front unit powers the wheels at a fixed gear ratio.

A decoupler separates the electric motor from the system at high speed to prevent it from over-revving. The drive torque is independently controlled for each axle, which results to a highly responsive all-wheel drive functionality with high potential when it comes to traction and dynamic performance.

The hybrid generates a total power of 887hp, allowing it to reach 100km/h (62mph) in only 2.5 sec, when it’s equipped with the Weissach Package (which cuts weight).

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