Porsche 918 Spyder successor not coming in the near future

Article by Christian A., on March 24, 2017

Porsche is laying aside any plans of pushing another hybrid hypercar into their line-up -- at least not at this time. Oliver Blume, Porsche Global Chief confirmed in a recent conversation with Motoring that a 918 successor is definitely not in the cards right now.

Notwithstanding the fact that Mercedes-AMG and Aston Martin are moving forward with a new breed of hypercars, it is unlikely for Porsche to slip out a new 918 Spyder anytime soon.

Blume explained how Porsche usually launched special models every ten years. He said that since the 918 Spyder was just launched in 2015, it makes it quite unlikely for another hybrid hypercar to be in the works.

It was earlier reported that the Valkyrie and Project One will be arriving towards the end of the decade. This will be followed simultaneously with another hypercar contender from McLaren by 2022. But in case Porsche will strictly follow the ten-year timeframe, that would mean we won’t be seeing a 918 successor until 2025.

Nonetheless, Porsche happily welcomes the arrival of Aston Martin and Mercedes AMG’s new hypercars. Blume stressed how competition helps them “to be better and even better than the competition”. Since Porsche also comes from Motorsport, it only goes to show how the company enjoys having to compete with other brands.

Both the Mercedes-AMG Project One and Aston Martin Valkyrie will likely come with extremely powerful hybrid powertrains—packing a relatively impressive 1000hp at the most.

Porsche’s 918 Spyder, on the other hand, boasts an equally powerful 887hp 4.6 liter V8 engine. Combined with two electric motors, the 918 can sprint from zero to 60 miles per hour in just 2.5 seconds before reaching 210 miles per hour at its peak.

The Porsche 918 has been known to set an extraordinary record time of 6:57 at the Green Hell, only to be beaten by the Lamborghini Huracan Performante this year. Whatever the case may be, it would be exciting to see where Porsche is heading right after this.

After successfully launching the 918 in 2015, Porsche continues to introduce more hybrid vehicles in their segment. This includes the upcoming 671 hp (500 kW) Cayenne S E-Hybrid. So, by the time a 918 successor turns up, we can also expect better things from Porsche. Perhaps that would also include taking back its crown from Lamborghini as the ultimate king of the Nurburgring. Porsche, as we know, loves beating the competition.

Source: Motoring.com.au

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