2013 IAA: Porsche shows the production version for the 918 Spyder

Article by Christian A., on September 10, 2013

Porsche has finally unveiled the production version of the 918 Spyder here at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show. Later today we will give you guys some fresh photos from the show but for now, let’s take a look at the specs. We have a mid-mounted dry-sump-lubricated 4.6-liter V8 engine developing 608 hp combined with three electric motors, which produce 268 hp.

The total amount of power delivered by the 918 Spyder is 887 hp. Yes, less than its main rivals, the McLaren P1 (903 hp) and the Ferrari Laferrari (949 hp). Also, it is a little bit cheaper, as it starts at $845,000, while the other rival supercars start at over $1 million.

Despite the “small” price, the Porsche 918 Spyder has some impressive performance figures: 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 2.8 seconds, 7.7 seconds from 0 to 124 mph (200 km/h) and 22 seconds to hit 300 km/h or 186 mph. As we know, the 918 Spyder can act as an electric car for almost 20 miles (36 km) at speeds of up to 93 mph or 157 km/h.

For people in search for more improved performance than the 918 Spyder, Porsche also has the "Weissach" package available. The super sportscar adopting this package can also come in specialty colours and designs that draw their inspiration from the world-famous Porsche racing cars, so that they are immediately identifiable.

Emphasising performance is not just through appearance: Extremely light magnesium wheels lower the un-sprung weight, lessening the gross weight by about 35 kg. These low-weight components are key when it comes to continuing to improve the vibrant vehicle performance. Other nods to motorsports are its six-point seatbelts in the front, a film coat option instead of finishing with paint, and extra streamlined additional parts in carbon fibre.

Porsche Active Aerodynamics (PAA) for different driving modes

Porsche Active Aerodynamics (PAA) is a system of components that are adjustable and aerodynamic, providing a singular and adaptable aerodynamic reaction. The system has three phases, and it automatically switches between optimal efficiency and maximal downforce, working coherently with the hybrid drive operating modes.

In "Race" mode, the rear wing, which is retractable, goes into a sharp angle to create a lot of downforce at the back axle. The spoiler, placed between the two wing supports at the airflow’s trailing edge, also can extend. Two adjustable air flaps open up under the body in front of the front axle, guiding some air flow into the underbody’s diffuser channels to also create a "ground effect" by the front axle.

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