Porsche 918 Spyder gets ready to take on LaFerrari and McLaren P1: Debuts at Frankfurt
918 Spyder is Porsche’s first ever plug in hybrid super sports car. It will feature a V8 4.6 liter gasoline engine with two electric motors and a 6.8 kWh lithium ion battery pack. The petrol powered V8 unit will have output of 600 hp and 391 lb/ft torque while electric motors deliver an additional 154 hp and 127 hp respectively.
The total power output of 918 Spyder stands at 875 hp. It will be able to accelerate from 0 to 100 kmph in 2.8 seconds and from 0 to 200 kmph in 7.9 seconds while reaching a top speed of over 340 kmph. Despite this outstanding performance, the car itself will be low on fuel consumption and auto emissions, which stand at 3.3 liters per 100 km and 79 g/km of CO2 respectively.
Porsche is expected to begin production of 918 Spyder on 9/18/2013 (18th Sep 2013). Production is limited to 918 units. Besides showcasing the 918 Spyder, Porsche stands will also see the new 911 Turbo and Turbo S in attendance along with ’50 years 911’ Special Edition. Scroll through the press release below for more information.
Speaking about rivals, LaFerrari and McLaren P1, in a recent interaction with CAR Magazine, James Eastwood, Porsche Production Manager, said, “Although our car is heavier, its technology makes the car faster on the road and track. In rear-drive cars like our competitors, you still have to do all your braking in a straight line, compromising corner-entry speed. Thanks to the 918’s torque-vectoring and independently-driven front wheels, we can maintain better drive and achieve far higher entry and mid-corner speed.”
Speaking about the number of units to which the production of the 918 Spyder is limited, Eastwood says, “We can’t confirm sales numbers, but even though we are producing far more cars than LaFerrari (499) and McLaren P1 (375) we’re not worried about selling 918 examples being a problem. Our last limited-edition supercar – the Carrera GT – sold 1,275 units.”
We don’t know how the Porsche 918 Spyder is to drive, but one person does know and you can see him in action in the video below. But first, have a look at the hi-res images in the gallery below.