2013 Porsche 918 Spyder review and pictures

Posted on Tuesday, 3 September 2013 , 07:09:53 byEmil

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Porsche 918 Spyder

The very hearing of the word Porsche and your thoughts fly towards art. Because this is what Porsche is, a different form of expression. That’s exactly why none of the Porsche vehicles can be named common. They are unique products. Back in 2010, Porsche introduced the 918 Spyder Concept at Geneva Motor Show and it was a huge step in the history of the brand. Now, after a three years’ wait, the production model will finally be revealed at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

As we are in the middle of the hybrid era, Porsche will counterattack its rivals McLaren P1 and LaFerrari with the hybrid variant of the Porsche 918 Spyder. The mechanism powering the supercar will be made of a V8 4.6-liter gasoline engine and of two electric motors and a 6.8 kWh lithium-ion battery. The traditional mill generates 608 HP (447 kW) and 391 lb-ft (530 Nm) of torque. Meanwhile, the electric units can provide an extra 156 HP (115 kW) and 129 HP (95 kW). With a little Mathematics we find out that the combined output is 887 HP (661 kW) and 590 lb-ft (800 Nm).

The Porsche 918 Spyder reaches from stand point to 62 mph (100 km/h) in just 2.8 seconds. To sprint the 124 mph (200 km/h) it needs about 7.9 seconds and to run up to a maximum speed of more than 211 mph (340 km/h) it’s enough a 23 seconds time. We can admit the power under the hood is quite impressive and we might say the fuel consumption reflects the performances. However, it is rated at only 3.3 liters / 100 km (71.2 mpg US or 85.6 mpg UK) with 79 g/km of CO2 emissions. The super sports car with plug-in hybrid drive is not only a technology pioneer but also marks the beginning of a new era for sports car manufacturing.