2013 Frankfurt: Porsche 918 Spyder is a fuel-efficient supercar [Live Photos]

Article by Christian A., on September 13, 2013

Porsche has on display at the Frankfurt Motor Show in Germany its production-ready 918 Spyder, which is considered as the Carrera GT successor. It took a long time to get from concept to final production guise. Porsche is limiting the production of this new flagship to just 918 units. It is equipped with a plug-in hybrid system that includes a naturally-aspirated V8 4.6-liter gasoline engine and two electric motors.

One is installed on the front axle; the other one is mounted at the rear. The conventional power unit is capable of delivering an output of 608 HP (447 kW) at 8,700 rpm. On the other hand, the electric motors produce 286 hp (210 kW) at 6,500 rpm.

When combined, the 918 Spyder offers an output of 887 hp (652 kW) and a maximum torque that varies from 917 Nm (676 lb-ft) to 1,280 Nm (944 lb-ft), depending on gear ratio. Power is distributed from a dual-clutch seven-speed automatic gearbox to the front axle when electric power is used. But when it is used as a hybrid, power is sent to all four wheels.

Energy for the electric motors stems from a 6.8 kWh lithium-ion battery mounted at the lower back of the monocoque. Charging for the battery pack can be done upon braking or with the use of a plug-in charger.

When the 918 Spyder is in E-Power (electric mode), it is capable of accelerating from zero to 62 mph (0-100 km/h) in shorter than 7 seconds and can reach a maximum speed of 93 mph (150 km/h). In Race Hybrid mode (its full potential), the 918 Spyder can do the 0-62mh sprint in only 2.8 seconds. It can go from a standstill to 124 mph (200 km/h) in 7.7 seconds. Meanwhile, going from 0-186 mph (0-300 km/h) is accomplished in 22 seconds.

Porsche also claims that it has a maximum speed of 214 mph (345 km/h). Even with these outstanding performances, the 918 Spyder consumes from 3.0 to 3.3 liters for every 100 km.

The optional Weissach package features special colors that take inspiration from the company’s most important race cars. Also offered as options are lightweight magnesium alloys that reduce the car's regular 1,634 kg (3,602 lbs) weight by around 35 kg (77 lbs). This kit is also composed of six-point harness seat belts, optional film coating instead of a paint finish, as well as several carbon fiber aerodynamic add-on parts.

The dimensions of the 2014 Porsche 918 Spyder are the following: length of 4643mm, width of 1940mm, and height of 1167mm, with a 2730mm wheelbase. It rides on 20-inch front / 21-inch rear wheels covered in 265/35 ZR20 and 325/30 ZR21 tires, respectively. The fuel tank has a capacity of 70 liters while the cargo area has a 110-liter capacity. The 918 Spyder is priced from US$845,000. The price goes up to US$929,000 if the model is fitted with the Weissach package.

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